Field Trips

 

Winter has arrived in Georgia and Atlanta Audubon field trips are a great way to learn more about our permanent residents and wintering birds. They are also a great way to meet other people who share your interest in birds. We have a number of field trips on the calendar for the winter and we hope you can get out and learn more our resident and wintering birds from Atlanta Audubon's enthusiastic field trip leaders.

 

Atlanta Audubon Society's field trips are free and open to the public. Beginning birders are welcome on our trips because this is a great way to learn about birds and to meet other people that share your love of birds and the outdoors! Some sites, such as state and national parks, require entry/parking fees. If registration is required, this need will be specified in the details. You can find details and driving directions by clicking on the calendar entry below or by scrolling down below the calendar to the description.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure or parking problem). If you plan to attend a birdwalk, ALWAYS check this site the night before for updates.

 

LIABILITY NOTICE: By signing up for a trip or attending a field trip sponsored by Atlanta Audubon, I acknowledge that these activities can be hazardous and that I could be injured. I agree that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume any risk of physical injury or damage to my property.

 

If you would like to lead a field trip, contribute ideas for places to go, or give feedback about leaders, trips, or the field trip directions, please email Mary Kimberly, Field Trip Director.

 

 

We have adopted the American Birding Association's Principles of Birding Ethics. We encourage our members to follow these guidelines on our field trips and elsewhere. Please see our Birding Ethics page to familiarize yourself with the code and to find a link to the ABA's Code of Ethics page.

 

See trip details below the calendar or click on the event.

 

 


Field Trip: Constitution Lakes

Saturday 2/25 8:00AM

Constitution Lakes, (DeKalb County)

 

Co-sponsored by Friends of Constitution Lakes

 

Leaders: Joy Carter and Sheila Stevens

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404.822.0030 (Joy); 770.630.7857 (Sheila)

 

Birding Focus: We'll look for resident and wintering birds. The site consists of open water, wetlands, and woodlands. Herons and egrets are often seen here. The site is also very good for woodpeckers. The trail is either paved or dirt and mostly gentle terrain. Waterproof shoes or boots are recommended if it has recently rained. Insect repellent is recommended. There are no restrooms so be sure to prepare ahead of time.

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates for map or program your GPS: 33.68306, -84.34740. From I-20 take Exit 60 and go south on Moreland Ave. Drive 4.3 miles to intersection with S. River Industrial Blvd. SE and take a left turn. Take a slight right into the park, marked by a DeKalb County parks sign. The parking lot will be all the way at the end of this road. Meet in the gravel parking loop at the end of this driveway. Do not bring any valuables that you do not plan to carry with you.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 3/4 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook

Saturday 3/4 8:30AM

Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Overlook Park. This fall walk will offer opportunities to see migrants and resident species. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. Or call 770.730.5600.

 

Directions and parking: From Roswell Rd. (GA Highway 9), go west on Morgan Falls Rd. for 1.2 miles to the parking lot. Meet in the parking lot for the park. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 33.97004, -84.37996

 


Field Trip: George Pierce Park

Saturday 3/4 9:00AM

George Pierce Park (Gwinnett County)

55 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024

 

Leader: Chris O'Neal

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.514.7057

 

Birding Focus: This park is one of the best places in Gwinnett County to bird at any time of year. We will look for winter residents, permanent residents, and early migrants: ducks, herons, woodpeckers, kinglets, sparrows, and blackbirds. Facilities available. The main park path we will take goes through the woods and features a boardwalk past a large wetlands pond. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, and comfortable walking shoes. Approximately 3 hours and 2.6 miles. All levels welcome.

 

Directions: From I-85, take Exit 111 to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd./GA-317 N (if you are coming from Atlanta, turn left; from the north, turn right). After 2.3 mi., turn right on Buford Hwy./US-23 N. After 0.3 mi., turn right into George Pierce Park at a traffic light. Drive 1.1 mi., going past the Senior Center and all the sports fields. You will go over a total of 14 speed humps. Arrive at the final parking lot at the back of the park, where we will meet. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 34.06112, -84.04597.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek Trail (west section)

Sunday 3/5 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents in wetland and woodland habitats. Likely species include Great Blue Heron, woodpeckers, and thrushes. Birders with any level of skill are welcome. The walk will be three plus miles along a paved route of easy terrain. Participants may leave at any time during the walk. There are no restrooms, but KFC and IHOP have them.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-75 take Exit 269. Drive west on Barrett Pkwy. for 1.4 miles. Turn right and drive 0.3 miles on Cobb Pkwy. NW to the KFC parking lot on your right. Park & meet leader here. The trailhead is 180 feet west of the KFC parking lot entrance on Cobb Pkwy. NW. Meet at 1970 N Cobb Pkwy (KFC parking lot). Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 34.00125, -84.59163. Note that this location is NOT Noonday Creek Park!

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 3/8 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for wintering and permanent resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 3/10 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (DeKalb County)

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes, Interpretive Ranger, Panola Mountain State Park

Phone contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: The Vaughters' Farm Meadow Loop, Panola Mountain State Park's newest trail, is a 1.25-mile trail completed thanks to a generous grant from REI. We will look for woodland and grassland wintering and resident birds. Meadowlarks have been spotted along this trail, an uncommon find in DeKalb County. This easy, unpaved trail offers unbeatable views of the Vaughters' barn, rolling hills, and grassy meadows. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking : From I-20, take Exit 74, Evans Mill Rd. At the end of the exit ramp, head south on Evans Mill, which will become Woodrow Rd. after you go through a traffic light. Woodrow Rd. will dead-end into Klondike Rd. Turn right onto Klondike and travel less than 1/2 mile to the parking lot on your left, across from the Vaughters' historic barn. We will meet in the parking lot at the trailhead at 3366 Klondike Rd., Lithonia, GA. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6841894,-84.114098.

 

Bring $5 cash to cover the parking fee, which will be collected by a Panola Mountain State Park representative. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all state parks. If you have a library card to any Georgia public library, you can check out a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For full details go to: Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Deepdene Park

Saturday 3/11 8:00AM

Deepdene Park, (DeKalb County)

​N Ponce De Leon Ave NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

 

Co-sponsored by the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance

 

Leader: Rob McDonough

Cell Contact: 404.754.8159

 

Birding Focus: This bird walk is at one of the sites for Atlanta Audubon's habitat restoration grant. We will be looking for winter residents primarily but can also expect the year round residents. Warblers, thrushes, woodpeckers, wrens, and possibly sparrows are of particular interest. The trail is a mix of well maintained dirt path and paved sections. The terrain in general is smooth and provides easy walking though there are some minor elevation changes. Athletic shoes are fine for this walk. There will be no need for a scope. This is great walk for beginning birders, families, and people interested in exploring our urban bird pocket parks. The walk should last 1.5-2 hours. Time permitting we may walk down Ponce visiting other parks within the Olmsted Linear Park system. There are no restrooms at the park. Dogs are not encouraged but can be brought.

 

Directions and Parking: From the intersection of Clairmont Rd. and Scott Blvd. in DeKalb County, travel SW on Scott Blvd. for 1 mi. (after about 0.9 mi., the name changes to Ponce De Leon Ave NE). Turn right onto N. Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Free parking can be found along N. Ponce De Leon Ave NE. We will be meeting at the east end of the park in the mowed area near the intersection of Ponce De Leon Ave NE & N. Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.773143, -84.318320.

 


Field Trip: John's Homestead Park

Thursday 3/16 8:30AM

Johns' Homestead Park, (DeKalb County)

 

This walk is co-sponsored by Friends of Johns' Homestead Park

 

Leaders: Dave Butler and Mary Kimberly

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.580.3917 (Dave); 404.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: Johns Homestead Park, a 50-acre DeKalb County Park located in Tucker. The park is named for the Johns family and their 1820s era home is still standing on the property. The park is in the early stages of development and has forests, wetlands, and lakes supporting waterfowl, woodpeckers, owls, songbirds, and a heron rookery. We will focus on the lake and wetland areas.

 

All levels of birders are welcome! The terrain could be muddy, so appropriate footwear is advised. Restrooms are not available at Johns Homestead.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-285 on the east side of Atlanta, take Exit 38 (Lawrenceville Hwy.). Go east on Lawrenceville Hwy. about 500 feet, then turn right into the parking lot at Rehoboth Baptist Church (2997 Lawrenceville Hwy.). We will meet next to the church sign on Lawrenceville Hwy. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.829704, -84.248614. We will then drive to the park.

 


Field Trip: Atlanta Science Festival walk in Fernbank Forest

Saturday 3/18 8:30AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

This walk is held in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival

 

Leaders: Vinod Babu and Gus Kaufmann

Cell contacts morning of walk: 413.230.6276 (Vinod); 404.483.7457 (Gus)

 

Birding Focus: This program is offered in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival. Come discover more about winter visitors and resident birds of Fernbank Forest. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. All ages are welcome. Program is held rain or shine, but may be cancelled in cases of severe weather. We recommend participants bring binoculars, field guides and water with them. Once the walk begins, participants must remain with the group for the duration of the program. Restrooms are available in the museum lobby. Guidelines to help you make the most of this program can be found at:

Guidelines for Outdoor Programming.

 

Cost: This program is free for Fernbank Museum members and Atlanta Audubon Society members. Advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400. Participants should check in at the Museum ticketing counter, then meet the walk leaders in the Museum lobby. The group will depart promptly at 9:00 a.m. Due to the nature of the program, latecomers will not be accepted. Participant capacity is 25 people, so make your reservations today!

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.77540, -84.32936 . The walk will begin at the Fernbank Museum lobby, located at 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. From I-285, take Stone Mountain Expressway (US 78) west, toward Decatur. It becomes Scott Blvd. and then merges with Ponce de Leon Ave. Turn right at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right. From downtown Atlanta, take Ponce de Leon Ave. east, toward Decatur. Turn left at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right.

 

 


Field Trip: Friendship Forest Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunday 3/19 8:00AM

Friendship Forest Wildlife Sanctuary (DeKalb County)

E Ponce De Leon Ave

Clarkston, GA 30021

 

Leader: Jay Davis

Cell Contact: 404.644.6798

 

Birding Focus: This site is one of Atlanta Audubon's habitat restoration projects. We will be looking for wintering residents and maybe some early spring migrants; we can also expect to see year round residents. Warblers, thrushes, woodpeckers, and vireos are of particular interest. About half of the trail is asphalt while the rest is well packed, level dirt. There is a bit of a hill at the beginning of the walk. There will be no need for a scope. Dogs are permitted in the park but not encouraged for the walk. This walk is free of charge. The park offers a lot of promise as a bird watching and wild space but is a bit overgrown and need of some care.

 

Directions and Parking: Free parking is located just off of E Ponce De Leon. There is a sign for the park but it is easy to overlook. A small dirt lot is present near a gate at the trail head. The park is 1/2 mile N of the Clarkston central business district. Take Exit 3 off of US-78 (Stone Mountain Fwy.) and then turn south on Brocket Rd. Brocket will dead end at E. Ponce De Leon Ave. Turn right on E. Ponce De Leon Ave. The park will be on the right after 0.4 mi. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.815451, -84.235746.

 


Field Trip: Constitution Lakes

Friday 3/24 8:00AM

Constitution Lakes, (DeKalb County)

 

Co-sponsored by Friends of Constitution Lakes

 

Leaders: Joy Carter, Sheila Stevens, and Mary Kimberly

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404.822.0030 (Joy); 770.630.7857 (Sheila); 404.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: We'll look for resident, lingering winter, and early spring miagrating birds. The site consists of open water, wetlands, and woodlands. Herons and egrets are often seen here. The site is also very good for woodpeckers. The trail is either paved or dirt and mostly gentle terrain. Waterproof shoes or boots are recommended if it has recently rained. Insect repellent is recommended. There are no restrooms so be sure to prepare ahead of time.

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates for map or program your GPS: 33.68306, -84.34740. From I-20 take Exit 60 and go south on Moreland Ave. Drive 4.3 miles to intersection with S. River Industrial Blvd. SE and take a left turn. Take a slight right into the park, marked by a DeKalb County parks sign. The parking lot will be all the way at the end of this road. Meet in the gravel parking loop at the end of this driveway. Do not bring any valuables that you do not plan to carry with you.

 


Field Trip: Lost Corner Preserve

Saturday 3/25 8:30AM

Lost Corner Preserve (Fulton County)

7300 Brandon Mill Rd. NW

Sandy Springs, GA

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact, morning of walk: 678.358.4916

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Lost Corner Preserve. This walk will focus on learning the 10 most common birds in Atlanta. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. Restrooms are available. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. You may also register by calling 770.730.5600.

 

Directions and parking: From GA-400, take Exit 5B and go west on Abernethy Rd. for 1.9 miles. Turn right on Brandon Mill Rd. NW and go 1.4 miles. The entrance will be on your left and is at 7300 Brandon Mill Rd. NW. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 33.9540715,-84.386592.

 


Field Trip: Oakland Cemetery

Saturday 3/25 8:30AM

Oakland Cemetery (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored by Historic Oakland Foundation

 

Leaders: Gus Kaufmann and Rob McDonough

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404.483.7457 (Gus); 404.754.8159 (Rob)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for spring migrants and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Founded in 1850, Oakland Cemetery is one of Atlanta's oldest historic sites and a unique cultural resource. The 48-acre cemetery is the final resting place for 70,000 residents, including many city founders and noted Georgians. As Atlanta's first city park, Oakland is a shining example of a rural garden cemetery. The garden cemetery featured winding paths, large shade trees, flowers, and shrubs, and appealing vistas. The garden cemetery concept was a forerunner of public park development in America. Today, Oakland Cemetery is still used as a park for the community and is a valued green space full of urban wildlife. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Restrooms are available at the Visitors Center. We will begin the walk at the gates on Oakland Ave. SE.

 

Directions and Parking (33.7474539 -84.3751184): From I-20, take Exit 59A and turn north on Boulevard SE. Turn left onto Memorial Dr. SE. Turn right onto Oakland Ave. SE. Oakland gates will be on your right. Park in the gravel lot across the street from the gates. You may also park on any of the side streets and walk to the gates. Please be sure to lock your car and not leave valuables in view. Google these coordinates or program your GPS: 33.7474539 -84.3751184.

 


Field Trip: Olde Rope Mill Park

Sunday 3/26 8:00AM

Olde Rope Mill Park (Cherokee County)

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916

 

Birding Focus: This will be the inaugural AAS walk at Olde Rope Mill Park! Along with resident birds, we hope to see some early-arriving Cliff Swallows, Indigo Buntings, and Prairie and Prothonotary Warblers. The trail will be along Little River and the ruins of the 1850's-1950's rope mill, and along a power cut. Trails are not paved, and are flat to moderate. We will walk approximately 2.5 miles. Mosquitos can be bad; repellant will be available. Restrooms are available at the parking lot.

 

Directions and Parking: Olde Rope Mill Park is very convenient to I-575. From I-575, take Exit 9 (Ridgewalk Pkwy.) and go east (The Outlet Shoppes will be on your right). At the first traffic light, turn left (north) onto Olde Rope Mill Park Rd. and drive until the road dead ends at the park. If you run late and intend to catch up, we will be walking the Mill Trail, which is across the footbridge over Little River (downriver loop first, then upriver to the train trestle). Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

34.1242443,-84.5316593

 

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 4/1 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Chattahoochee Nature Center

Saturday 4/1 8:00AM

Chattahoochee Nature Center (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored by Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC)

 

Leader: Iris Schumacher

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.724.3153

 

Birding Focus: We will look for spring migrants and permanent resident birds of the river and forest including warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, raptors, waterfowl, and waders. We will walk the paved trail leading down to the river and then continue onto the boardwalk by the Chattahoochee River. The boardwalk can be slick if it has recently rained. Dogs are not permitted. Restrooms are available in the Discovery Center.

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

34.002356, -84.382846. From GA-400 north, exit on Northridge (exit #6) and bear to the right, back over the expressway. Immediately after crossing over 400, turn right onto Dunwoody Pl. Follow Dunwoody Pl. until it intersects with Roswell Rd. (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Rd. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Dr. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Rd. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located one-half mile on the right. CNC is offering free admission to those attending the walk, and parking is free. The group will meet on the porch of the scheduling office. The scheduling office is the small building to the left of the Discovery Center and to the Right of the large Gymnasium. Click here for a map of the CNC.

 


Field Trip: Oakland Cemetery

Saturday 4/8 8:30AM

Oakland Cemetery (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored by Historic Oakland Foundation

 

Leaders: David Kuechenmeister

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.822.8089

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for spring migrants and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Founded in 1850, Oakland Cemetery is one of Atlanta's oldest historic sites and a unique cultural resource. The 48-acre cemetery is the final resting place for 70,000 residents, including many city founders and noted Georgians. As Atlanta's first city park, Oakland is a shining example of a rural garden cemetery. The garden cemetery featured winding paths, large shade trees, flowers, and shrubs, and appealing vistas. The garden cemetery concept was a forerunner of public park development in America. Today, Oakland Cemetery is still used as a park for the community and is a valued green space full of urban wildlife. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Restrooms are available at the Visitors Center. We will begin the walk at the gates on Oakland Ave. SE.

 

Participants may attend the Oakland Cemetery Spring Plant Sale following the field trip.

 

Directions and Parking (33.7474539 -84.3751184): From I-20, take Exit 59A and turn north on Boulevard SE. Turn left onto Memorial Dr. SE. Turn right onto Oakland Ave. SE. Oakland gates will be on your right. Park in the gravel lot across the street from the gates. You may also park on any of the side streets and walk to the gates. Please be sure to lock your car and not leave valuables in view. Google these coordinates or program your GPS: 33.7474539 -84.3751184.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 4/12 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for wintering and permanent resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain

Friday 4/14 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes

Cell contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and resident birds of wetlands & forest, including sparrows, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking (33.6320, -84.1466): From I-20 East take Exit 68 for Wesley Chapel Rd. toward Snapfinger Rd. Turn right onto Wesley Chapel Rd. Go 0.3 miles and turn left onto Snapfinger Rd. Continue on Snapfinger Rd. (which becomes GA-155 S.) for seven miles, then turn left onto Alexander Lake Rd. SW. Drive 1.9 miles and then turn right onto Flat Bridge Rd. SW. The entrance to the parking lot will be on your left, about 50 feet after turning right. Meet at the Alexander Lake Parking area. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6320, -84.1466.

 

Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all state parks. If you have a library card to any Georgia public library, you can "check out" a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For details go to Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Frazier-Rowe Park

Monday 4/17 8:00AM

Fraizer-Rowe Park (DeKalb County)

2886 LaVista Road

Atlanta, GA

 

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park

 

Leaders: Ralph Smith

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.358.2166

 

Birding Focus: Frazier-Rowe Park is a 7-acre tract named for the two families who lived there, and is now owned by DeKalb County. It is an AAS-certified Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary lovingly maintained by the local community. The park features a stream, hardwoods and pines, native plants, camellias, butterfly and scent gardens, and paved, mulched, and dirt paths with some small hills. Bird walks are family friendly, although not suitable for toddlers. Binoculars strongly recommended. Expect to see common urban forest birds with some nice surprises during migration. There are no bathroom facilities.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-85, take Exit 91 and go south on Clairmont Rd. for 1.6 mi. and turn left onto LaVista Rd. Go 0.9 mi. The park will be on your left, on the east side of the parking lot at Vista Grove Shopping Center. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.824903, -84.289595.

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Saturday 4/22 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Bob and Deb Zaremba

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.791.5006

 

Birding Focus: Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant hotspot in the southeast. We'll be looking for migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Walk is about 2.5 miles total. Bring water and snacks. Restrooms are available in the in Visitor Center. All levels are welcome. There is a free bird checklist specifically for the park available upon request in the Visitor Center. For more information, please call 770-427-4686 x0 between 8:30am and 5:00pm.

 

Directions and parking: From I-75, take Exit 269 (Barrett Pkwy.). Turn west onto Barrett Pkwy. Drive 2 miles, then turn left at the stoplight onto Old Hwy. 41. Parking Lot #2 will be on your right along Old Hwy. 41 (after one mile). To reach the meeting place parking lot, continue on Old Hwy. 41 for 1,000 feet to the Stilesboro Rd. stoplight. Turn right onto Stilesboro Rd. and in 350 ft. turn left into the Visitor Center parking lot, where the group will meet. Parking is at a premium at this site. Please consider carpooling if at all possible. Also, if you are able, please consider parking in Parking Lot #2 and walking the 0.4-mile trail to the Visitor Center. GPS of Visitor Center lot: N 33 59.037 W 84 34.703. GPS of parking lot #2: N 33 59.127 W 84 34.852.

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook

Saturday 4/22 8:30AM

Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Overlook Park. This fall walk will offer opportunities to see migrants and resident species. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. Or call 770.730.5600.

 

Directions and parking: From Roswell Rd. (GA Highway 9), go west on Morgan Falls Rd. for 1.2 miles to the parking lot. Meet in the parking lot for the park. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 33.97004, -84.37996

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 5/6 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 5/10 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for wintering and permanent resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 5/12 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (DeKalb County)

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes, Interpretive Ranger, Panola Mountain State Park

Phone contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: The Vaughters' Farm Meadow Loop, Panola Mountain State Park's newest trail, is a 1.25-mile trail completed thanks to a generous grant from REI. We will look for woodland and grassland wintering and resident birds. Meadowlarks have been spotted along this trail, an uncommon find in DeKalb County. This easy, unpaved trail offers unbeatable views of the Vaughters' barn, rolling hills, and grassy meadows. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking : From I-20, take Exit 74, Evans Mill Rd. At the end of the exit ramp, head south on Evans Mill, which will become Woodrow Rd. after you go through a traffic light. Woodrow Rd. will dead-end into Klondike Rd. Turn right onto Klondike and travel less than 1/2 mile to the parking lot on your left, across from the Vaughters' historic barn. We will meet in the parking lot at the trailhead at 3366 Klondike Rd., Lithonia, GA. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6841894,-84.114098.

 

Bring $5 cash to cover the parking fee, which will be collected by a Panola Mountain State Park representative. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all state parks. If you have a library card to any Georgia public library, you can check out a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For full details go to: Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 6/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain

Friday 6/9 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes

Cell contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and resident birds of wetlands & forest, including sparrows, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking (33.6320, -84.1466): From I-20 East take Exit 68 for Wesley Chapel Rd. toward Snapfinger Rd. Turn right onto Wesley Chapel Rd. Go 0.3 miles and turn left onto Snapfinger Rd. Continue on Snapfinger Rd. (which becomes GA-155 S.) for seven miles, then turn left onto Alexander Lake Rd. SW. Drive 1.9 miles and then turn right onto Flat Bridge Rd. SW. The entrance to the parking lot will be on your left, about 50 feet after turning right. Meet at the Alexander Lake Parking area. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6320, -84.1466.

 

Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all state parks. If you have a library card to any Georgia public library, you can "check out" a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For details go to Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 6/14 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for wintering and permanent resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 7/1 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.