Field Trips

 

Winter has brought some temporary residents to our area!  Join our field trip leaders who can help you learn about wintering visitors, including many waterfowl, and permanent residents.  Field trips are a great way to learn about birds and how to spot them.  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 about wintering and resident birds from AAS's enthusiastic field trip leaders.

 

AAS'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.

 

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: Atlanta History Center

Sunday 4/19 7:30AM

Atlanta History Center

 

Leader: Shannon Fair

Cell contact, morning of walk: 404.538.3312

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for both spring migrants and residents such as warblers, woodpeckers, raptors, thrushes, flycatchers, sparrows, finches, and other passerines. The grounds of the Atlanta History Center (AHC) are an interesting mix of natural and created landscapes. There are six different designated garden areas. Recently, the gardens have been collectively named the Olga C. de Goizueta Gardens. Two of the individual areas, the Swan House Gardens and the Smith Family Farm Gardens, are designed to complement the historic interpretation of the buildings they surround. The Swan House is a 1920s Italianate mansion; as such the landscape around it consists predominately of formal elements such as a walled boxwood garden and a cascading fountain. The Smith House, on the other hand, is an antebellum farmhouse of the "Plantation Plain" style. Accordingly, the surrounding landscape consists of a small flower yard, vegetable gardens, and an area for field crops. It is a particularly good place to see Eastern Bluebirds.

 

This bird walk is recommended for beginner birders and families with children over 10. Please note that no dogs or strollers are allowed. The walk will cover two to three miles of mild hiking terrain. Hiking shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen, and water are recommended; bring binoculars.

 

Parking: Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 33.841823, -84.386269. We will meet at the entrance to McElreath Hall. This is the building housing the Cherokee Garden Library and the Kenan Research Center; it is located south of the parking deck.

 

Directions: From I-75 S, take Exit 255 (West Paces Ferry Rd.). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto West Paces Ferry Rd. Go approximately 2.7 miles. The AHC will be on your right.

 

From I-75 N or downtown, take the West Paces Ferry Rd (Exit 255). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Northside Pkwy. At the next light, turn right onto West Paces Ferry Rd. Go approximately 2.7 miles. The AHC will be on your right.

 

From I-85 S, take Exit 88 (Cheshire Bridge/Lenox Rd.). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Lenox Rd. Go approximately 1.9 miles until Lenox intersects with Peachtree Rd. (landmark: Lenox Square Mall). Turn left onto Peachtree Rd. Go approximately 2 miles. At the intersection of Peachtree, Roswell and West Paces Ferry Rds., turn right onto West Paces Ferry Rd. Go through two traffic lights. The AHC will be on your left.

 

 

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek Trail (west section)

Sunday 4/19 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking migrants and permanent residents in wetland and woodland habitats. Likely species include Great Blue Heron, woodpeckers, thrushes, warblers, and vireos. Any level of skill is welcome; the walk will be 3+ 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.

 

Parking: Meet at 1970 N Cobb Pkwy (KFC parking lot). Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 34.00125, -84.59163

 

Directions: 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.

 


Field Trip: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA

Tuesday 4/21 7:30AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Hugh Garrett

Cell contact morning of walk: 770.355.8822

 

Birding Focus: Come join Hugh on for a series of spring birding and nature walks. We'll be looking for permanent residents and spring migrants, including waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, woodpeckers, and warblers. Hugh will also help us find flora, amphibians and reptiles, and butterflies. We will be on the main path early in the walk, so feel free to catch up with us there if you arrive after the start time. Duration of walk 3-4 hours, but you may leave early at any time. Restrooms are available. Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear for walking on wet grass if desired; some areas may be muddy if it has recently rained. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog.

 

Parking: Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at back of South parking lot. There is a daily parking fee of $3 (or $25 annual pass). Bring cash for $3 fee. Alternatively, you can purchase the $25 annual pass with a credit card at the automated machine on site or online. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634.

 

Directions: Going west on I-285, take Exit #22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane of this road and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot marked by "Cochran Shoals Unit." Going east on I-285, take Exit #22 and stay in the left lane of the exit ramp. Go to the second light, then turn left. Stay in the middle lane of this road as it crosses the bridge over I-285 and veer to the right to get into the middle lane as the road bends to the left and passes through a traffic light. At this point you are going west on Interstate N Pkwy. Continue with instructions above.

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Wednesday 4/22 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Joel McNeal

Cell contact morning of walk: 617.259.0944

 

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.

 

Parking: Group will meet in Visitor Center parking lot (see directions below). Arrive early to find parking place. If lot is full, park at parking lot #2 (see directions below). Walk 0.4 miles from parking lot #2 to Visitor Center lot. 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

 

Directions: From I-75 take Exit 269 (Barrett Pkwy.). At end of ramp turn west onto Barrett Pkwy. Drive 2 miles, then turn left at stoplight onto Old Hwy. 41. Parking lot #2 will be on your right along Old Hwy. 41 in 1 mile. To reach the meeting place parking lot, continue on Old Hwy. 41 for 1000 ft. to the Stilesboro Rd. stoplight. Turn right onto Stilesboro and in 350 ft. turn left into Visitor Center parking lot where group will meet.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Thursday 4/23 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 migrant and resident woodland birds, including woodpeckers, warblers, and vireos. Barred Owls are sometimes encountered at this site. 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.

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Directions: 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.

 


Field Trip: Fort Yargo State Park

Friday 4/24 2:00PM

Fort Yargo State Park (Barrow County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Phil Delestrez

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.218.4425

 

Birding Focus: Fort Yargo State Park has some real interesting habitat on a very easy walk, the Bird Berry Trail. It is handicapped accessible, too. There are some really nice marshland areas, 275 acre Lake Marbury, and nice mixed hardwood forest. We will look for a variety of spring migrants and permanent residents, including woodpeckers and warblers.

 

Directions and Parking: From Atlanta, take I-85 north to Exit 106 (GA-316). Take GA-316 The park is located 1 mile south of Winder on Ga. Hwy. 81. Travel 20.6 miles and turn left on GA-81 (Loganville Hwy.). Ft. Yargo State Park will be on the right after 3.1 miles. Meet at the park office where campers check in, just to the right as you enter the main park gate.. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.984970, -83.733715

. 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 GA 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: Woodlands Garden and Decatur Cemetery

Saturday 4/25 7:30AM

Woodlands Garden (DeKalb County)

932 Scott Boulevard, near Clairemont Road

Decatur Cemetery (DeKalb County)

229 Bell Street

Decatur

 

Leaders: Ralph Smith

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.358.2166

 

Birding Focus: Woodlands Garden is a 7.1 acre privately owned, non-profit preserve near downtown Decatur, comprising mature deciduous and pine forest, plants and shrubs, with streamside and upland habitat, that is being actively managed to protect and promote native plant species. In addition to the usual urban forest species, we'll see some spring migrants. Sixty-five species have been recorded there in the past couple of years. New birders are welcome. The garden trails are covered with wood chip trails are are gradually sloped. No dogs are allowed. Restrooms are available at Woodlands Garden.

 

For those interested, we will then move by car to nearby Decatur Cemetery, Metro Atlanta's oldest cemetery comprising 58 acres with mature trees, wooded edges, and water features. This is a great site for Eastern bluebirds and Red-headed woodpeckers. Walking shoes will be sufficient for both sites. There are no restrooms are available at the cemetery.

 

Directions and Parking: Parking at Woodlands Garden is limited, so please walk, bike, or carpool if possible. Program your GPS or follow the link: 33.7868, -84.3027. From I-85, take Exit 91 and go south on Clairmont Road for 4 miles and turn left on Scott Blvd. The entrance is immediately on the left at 932 Scott Blvd, 30030. Follow the signs to the parking area where we will meet.

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Saturday 4/25 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Leaders: Shannon Fair, Angie Jenkins, Iris Schumacher, and Chuck Saleeby

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404-538-3312 (Shannon), 678.570.4891 (Angie), 404.791.9464 (Iris)

 

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.

 

Parking: Group will meet in Visitor Center parking lot (see directions below). Arrive early to find parking place. If lot is full, park at parking lot #2 (see directions below). Walk 0.4 miles from parking lot #2 to Visitor Center lot. 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

 

Directions: From I-75 take Exit 269 (Barrett Pkwy.). At end of ramp turn west onto Barrett Pkwy. Drive 2 miles, then turn left at stoplight onto Old Hwy. 41. Parking lot #2 will be on your right along Old Hwy. 41 in 1 mile. To reach the meeting place parking lot, continue on Old Hwy. 41 for 1000 ft. to the Stilesboro Rd. stoplight. Turn right onto Stilesboro and in 350 ft. turn left into Visitor Center parking lot where group will meet.

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Sunday 4/26 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Nathan Farnau

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.849.3843

 

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.

 

Parking: Group will meet in Visitor Center parking lot (see directions below). Arrive early to find parking place. If lot is full, park at parking lot #2 (see directions below). Walk 0.4 miles from parking lot #2 to Visitor Center lot. 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

 

Directions: From I-75 take Exit 269 (Barrett Pkwy.). At end of ramp turn west onto Barrett Pkwy. Drive 2 miles, then turn left at stoplight onto Old Hwy. 41. Parking lot #2 will be on your right along Old Hwy. 41 in 1 mile. To reach the meeting place parking lot, continue on Old Hwy. 41 for 1000 ft. to the Stilesboro Rd. stoplight. Turn right onto Stilesboro and in 350 ft. turn left into Visitor Center parking lot where group will meet.

 


Field Trip: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Tuesday 4/28 7:30AM

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Ralph Smith and Stan Chapman

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.358.2166

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for migrant and resident birds. Duration of walk is 2-3 hours, but you may leave at any time. Parts of the trail may be very slippery or muddy if it has recently rained, so plan your footwear accordingly. Meet us at the observation platform if you arrive late. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog. There are no restrooms, so please prepare ahead of time.

 

Parking: Park on Pine Bluff Dr. on the street, just outside Park entrance. See directions below. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 48.352 W 84 17.031

 

Directions: From I-285, take Exit 39A, Hwy. 78, Stone Mountain Freeway west toward Decatur. Immediately after passing North DeKalb Mall on your right, you'll see a QuikTrip (QT) on your right. About 340 ft after the QT turn onto Harrington Dr. Go 0.6 miles and turn right on Wood Trail Ln. Go 1000 feet to Pine Bluff Dr. Park here on street at this corner where the group will assemble. From I-85 north or south take North Druid Hills exit #89 east toward Decatur. In approx. 3 miles, go right on Hwy 78/29/Lawrenceville Hwy (at North DeKalb Mall) and follow directions as above.

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Wednesday 4/29 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Joel McNeal

Cell contact morning of walk: 617.259.0944

 

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.

 

Parking: Group will meet in Visitor Center parking lot (see directions below). Arrive early to find parking place. If lot is full, park at parking lot #2 (see directions below). Walk 0.4 miles from parking lot #2 to Visitor Center lot. 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

 

Directions: From I-75 take Exit 269 (Barrett Pkwy.). At end of ramp turn west onto Barrett Pkwy. Drive 2 miles, then turn left at stoplight onto Old Hwy. 41. Parking lot #2 will be on your right along Old Hwy. 41 in 1 mile. To reach the meeting place parking lot, continue on Old Hwy. 41 for 1000 ft. to the Stilesboro Rd. stoplight. Turn right onto Stilesboro and in 350 ft. turn left into Visitor Center parking lot where group will meet.

 


Field Trip: Rolling Meadows Farm

Friday 5/1 8:00AM

Rolling Meadows Farm (Coweta County)

8143 Hwy. 54, Sharpsburg, GA 30277

 

Leader: Richard Candler

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.876.0130

 

Birding Focus: This private family farm in Coweta County is comprised of a few hundred acres with a diverse array of habitats including pastures managed for grassland birds, open pine forest, mature hardwood forests and a few lakes and creeks. All levels of birders are welcome. The walking will be mildly strenuous; be prepared for some hills. No pets, please.

Binoculars will suffice but there is one section of lake where a scope might be helpful. Bring a scope only if you don't mind carrying it around for most of the time.

 

Directions and Parking: From Atlanta, take I-85 south and take Exit 56 (Palmetto/Collinsworth Rd exit). Turn left at the end of the exit ramp and then take the very first right onto Cannongate Rd. Continue straight until the road ends at GA Hwy. 54 (the name of the road changes to Fischer Rd. before it ends at Hwy. 54), approximately 9 miles. Turn right at the stop sign. The driveway to Rolling Meadows Farm is the first left, about a quarter mile. Look for the address, 8143 Hwy. 54. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.380507 , -84.625846.

Follow the paved driveway through the woods. There will be signs for the bird walk directing you to the parking area in the pasture.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 5/2 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for migrants and permanent residents. All levels welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. Walk lasts ~ 3 hours with ~ 2.5 miles on foot. There are restrooms available at the lake house, dog park, and tennis courts.

 

Directions: From 10th St. & Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont & pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building, which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parking lot entrance: N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $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 11st St.

 


Field Trip: George Pierce Park

Saturday 5/2 8:00AM

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 migrants and permanent residents: herons, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, and, warblers. Restroom facilities are 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. The walk will last approximately 3 hours and cover 2.6 miles. All levels are 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 miles, turn right on Buford Hwy. / US-23 N. After 0.3 miles, turn right into George Pierce Park at a traffic light. Drive 1.1 miles, 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: 34.0617, -84.0613.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek Trail (east section)

Sunday 5/3 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

Birding Focus: We will work along the 'sparrow field' in hopes of finding sparrows and other grass/weed-loving birds. Next it's on to the large, grassy 'water control bowl' and its dense riparian corridor for more sparrows, wrens, and migrants. Once the sun has warmed up the shadowy, brushy corridors and fields just north of the parking lot, we'll finish here in hopes of encountering some flocks with migrating and resident birds. Conditions are mostly level walking on a paved trail. Waterproof shoes/boots will help in high grass and weeds but are not a necessity. Any level of skill is welcome. Participants may leave at any time during the walk.

 

Parking: Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 34.023854, -84.548456

 

Directions: From I-75 take Exit 269. Drive east on Barrett Pkwy. for about 1 mile. Turn left on Bells Ferry Rd. The parking lot for the meeting spot is on the left, just after where Bell's Ferry Rd. crosses Noonday Creek.

 


Field Trip: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA

Tuesday 5/5 7:30AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Hugh Garrett

Cell contact morning of walk: 770.355.8822

 

Birding Focus: Come join Hugh on for a series of spring birding and nature walks. We'll be looking for permanent residents and spring migrants, including waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, woodpeckers, and warblers. Hugh will also help us find flora, amphibians and reptiles, and butterflies. We will be on the main path early in the walk, so feel free to catch up with us there if you arrive after the start time. Duration of walk 3-4 hours, but you may leave early at any time. Restrooms are available. Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear for walking on wet grass if desired; some areas may be muddy if it has recently rained. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog.

 

Parking: Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at back of South parking lot. There is a daily parking fee of $3 (or $25 annual pass). Bring cash for $3 fee. Alternatively, you can purchase the $25 annual pass with a credit card at the automated machine on site or online. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634.

 

Directions: Going west on I-285, take Exit #22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane of this road and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot marked by "Cochran Shoals Unit." Going east on I-285, take Exit #22 and stay in the left lane of the exit ramp. Go to the second light, then turn left. Stay in the middle lane of this road as it crosses the bridge over I-285 and veer to the right to get into the middle lane as the road bends to the left and passes through a traffic light. At this point you are going west on Interstate N Pkwy. Continue with instructions above.

 


Field Trip: Murphey Candler Park

Thursday 5/7 8:00AM

Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Liz Hornsby and Mary Kimberly

Cell contacts morning of walk: 678.761.0952 (Liz); 40-4.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: Three main habitats (lake, wetlands, mixed woods) provide good species diversity. We'll look for spring migrants and residents, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and passerines. The site is also reliable for turtles. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog. This site can be especially good for beginning birders.

 

Some of the trail is level, but there are several steep spots and a number of stretches where the surface is uneven from exposed tree roots, etc. Many parts of the trail are muddy and/or slippery after rains; plan your footwear accordingly. There are no restrooms available, so plan accordingly.

 

Parking: Meet at the parking area on West Nancy Creek Dr. NE at the very southeast corner of the lake. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.909397, -84.322476.

 

Directions: From I-285 on the N side of Atlanta, take Exit 29. Go south on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. about 0.95 mile, then turn left onto W. Nancy Creek Dr. NE. Drive 0.6 mile to the second parking area on your left, across the dam and at the SE corner of the lake.

 


Field Trip: Newman Wetlands Center and Huie Ponds of the CCWA

Saturday 5/9 8:00AM

Huie Ponds of the CCWA (Clayton County)

Newman Wetlands Center (Clayton County)

 

Leaders: Carol Lambert and Jeff Sewell

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.758.4551

 

Birding Focus: We will look for residents and spring migrants including waterfowl, raptors, and woodland birds. We will walk the trails at the Newman Wetlands Center and then carpool to the Ponds of the CCWA where we will drive around the ponds, stopping to view the birds we find. Children 9 years and up are welcome if they are really interested in birds. Restrooms are available at the wetlands center.

 

Parking: Meet at the Newman Wetlands Center parking lot at 2755 Freeman Rd., Hampton, GA 30228. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.47199, -84.30498

 

Directions: Visit www.ccwa.us/driving-directions for more detailed directions. Coming from the South: Take I-75 N to Exit 221. Turn left onto Jonesboro Rd. Go 6.3 miles then turn right onto Freeman Rd. Go 1.3 miles to the Newman Wetlands Center, which will be on your left.

Coming from the North: Take I-75 S to Exit 235. Go south on Tara Blvd. for 8 miles, then turn left onto Freeman Rd. Travel 2.5 miles to Newman Wetlands Center, which will be on your right. Call the Wetlands Center for more info on both sites: 770.603.5606.

 


Field Trip: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA

Tuesday 5/12 7:30AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Hugh Garrett

Cell contact morning of walk: 770.355.8822

 

Birding Focus: Come join Hugh on for a series of spring birding and nature walks. We'll be looking for permanent residents and spring migrants, including waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, woodpeckers, and warblers. Hugh will also help us find flora, amphibians and reptiles, and butterflies. We will be on the main path early in the walk, so feel free to catch up with us there if you arrive after the start time. Duration of walk 3-4 hours, but you may leave early at any time. Restrooms are available. Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear for walking on wet grass if desired; some areas may be muddy if it has recently rained. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog.

 

Parking: Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at back of South parking lot. There is a daily parking fee of $3 (or $25 annual pass). Bring cash for $3 fee. Alternatively, you can purchase the $25 annual pass with a credit card at the automated machine on site or online. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634.

 

Directions: Going west on I-285, take Exit #22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane of this road and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot marked by "Cochran Shoals Unit." Going east on I-285, take Exit #22 and stay in the left lane of the exit ramp. Go to the second light, then turn left. Stay in the middle lane of this road as it crosses the bridge over I-285 and veer to the right to get into the middle lane as the road bends to the left and passes through a traffic light. At this point you are going west on Interstate N Pkwy. Continue with instructions above.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 5/13 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 late migrants and summer breeding 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.

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Directions: 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.

 


Field Trip: Hard Labor Creek State Park

Friday 5/15 3:00PM

Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Phil Delestrez

Phone contact day of walk: 706.557.3001 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: Hard Labor Creek is the 2nd largest GA State Park. It boasts a variety of habitats and has a history of birds like Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, and a variety of waterfowl on Lake Rutledge. During this short walk, we'll look for late migrants and summer breeders, including woodland birds, waterfowl, and raptors. NOTE: this walk starts later than usual.

 

Parking: Meet at the "Trading Post" Visitor Check In building (has restrooms). Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Trading Post Check In: N 33 39.841 W 83 36.362. 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 GA public library, you can "check out" a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For details go to: Things to Know.

 

Directions: From I-20 going east or west, take the Exit 105 north onto Newborn Rd. toward Rutledge. Go about 2.1 miles to the fork with Hawkins Ave., and veer to the left to continue following Newborn Rd. Cross Atlanta Hwy. and continue until Newborn Rd. dead ends into W. Dixie Hwy. Take a left on W. Dixie Hwy. and then an immediate right onto Fairplay St. Drive 2.6 miles on Fairplay St. and then take a left onto Knox Chapel Rd. Go 0.4 miles and take a right onto Hard Labor Creek Rd. The Trading Post will be about 400 feet on your right.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 5/16 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for migrants and permanent residents. All levels welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. Walk lasts ~ 3 hours with ~ 2.5 miles on foot. There are restrooms available at the lake house, dog park, and tennis courts.

 

Directions: From 10th St. & Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont & pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building, which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parking lot entrance: N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $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 11st St.

 


Field Trip: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA

Tuesday 5/19 7:30AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Hugh Garrett

Cell contact morning of walk: 770.355.8822

 

Birding Focus: Come join Hugh on for a series of spring birding and nature walks. We'll be looking for permanent residents and spring migrants, including waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, woodpeckers, and warblers. Hugh will also help us find flora, amphibians and reptiles, and butterflies. We will be on the main path early in the walk, so feel free to catch up with us there if you arrive after the start time. Duration of walk 3-4 hours, but you may leave early at any time. Restrooms are available. Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear for walking on wet grass if desired; some areas may be muddy if it has recently rained. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog.

 

Parking: Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at back of South parking lot. There is a daily parking fee of $3 (or $25 annual pass). Bring cash for $3 fee. Alternatively, you can purchase the $25 annual pass with a credit card at the automated machine on site or online. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634.

 

Directions: Going west on I-285, take Exit #22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane of this road and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot marked by "Cochran Shoals Unit." Going east on I-285, take Exit #22 and stay in the left lane of the exit ramp. Go to the second light, then turn left. Stay in the middle lane of this road as it crosses the bridge over I-285 and veer to the right to get into the middle lane as the road bends to the left and passes through a traffic light. At this point you are going west on Interstate N Pkwy. Continue with instructions above.

 


Field Trip: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Thursday 5/21 7:30AM

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Liz Hornsby and Mary Kimberly

Cell contacts morning of walk: 678.761.0952 (Liz); 40-4.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for migrant and resident birds. Duration of walk is 2-3 hours, but you may leave at any time. Parts of the trail may be very slippery or muddy if it has recently rained, so plan your footwear accordingly. Meet us at the observation platform if you arrive late. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog. There are no restrooms, so please prepare ahead of time.

 

Parking: Park on Pine Bluff Dr. on the street, just outside Park entrance. See directions below. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 48.352 W 84 17.031

 

Directions: From I-285, take Exit 39A, Hwy. 78, Stone Mountain Freeway west toward Decatur. Immediately after passing North DeKalb Mall on your right, you'll see a QuikTrip (QT) on your right. About 340 ft after the QT turn onto Harrington Dr. Go 0.6 miles and turn right on Wood Trail Ln. Go 1000 feet to Pine Bluff Dr. Park here on street at this corner where the group will assemble. From I-85 north or south take North Druid Hills exit #89 east toward Decatur. In approx. 3 miles, go right on Hwy 78/29/Lawrenceville Hwy (at North DeKalb Mall) and follow directions as above.

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 5/23 8:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Vinod Babu and Gus Kaufman

Cell contact morning of walk: 413.230.6276 (Vinod)

 

Birding Focus: Come discover more about the 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.

 

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 8:00 a.m. Due to the nature of the program, latecomers will not be accepted. Participant capacity is 25 people, so make your reservations today!

 

Guidelines to help you make the most of this program can be found at:

Guidelines for Outdoor Programming.

 

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: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA

Friday 5/29 7:30AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leaders: Liz Hornsby and Mary Kimberly

Cell contacts morning of walk: 678.761.0952 (Liz); 40-4.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking mainly for breeding residents, including waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, woodpeckers, and warblers. We will be on the main path early in the walk, so feel free to catch up with us there if you arrive after the start time. Duration of walk 3-4 hours, but you may leave early at any time. Restrooms are available. Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear for walking on wet grass if desired; some areas may be muddy if it has recently rained. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog.

 

Parking: Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at back of South parking lot. There is a daily parking fee of $3 (or $25 annual pass). Bring cash for $3 fee. Alternatively, you can purchase the $25 annual pass with a credit card at the automated machine on site or online. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634.

 

Directions: Going west on I-285, take Exit #22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane of this road and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot marked by "Cochran Shoals Unit." Going east on I-285, take Exit #22 and stay in the left lane of the exit ramp. Go to the second light, then turn left. Stay in the middle lane of this road as it crosses the bridge over I-285 and veer to the right to get into the middle lane as the road bends to the left and passes through a traffic light. At this point you are going west on Interstate N Pkwy. Continue with instructions above.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 6/6 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 birds and permanent residents. All levels welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. Walk lasts ~ 3 hours with ~ 2.5 miles on foot. There are restrooms available at the lake house, dog park, and tennis courts.

 

Directions: From 10th St. & Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont & pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building, which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parking lot entrance: N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $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 11st St.

 


Field Trip: Hard Labor Creek State Park

Saturday 6/6 3:00PM

Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Phil Delestrez

Phone contact day of walk: 706.557.3001 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: Hard Labor Creek is the 2nd largest GA State Park. It boasts a variety of habitats and has a history of birds like Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, and a variety of waterfowl on Lake Rutledge. During this short walk, we'll look for summer breeders, including woodland birds, waterfowl, and raptors. NOTE: this walk starts later than usual.

 

Parking: Meet at the "Trading Post" Visitor Check In building (has restrooms). Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Trading Post Check In: N 33 39.841 W 83 36.362. 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 GA public library, you can "check out" a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For details go to: Things to Know.

 

Directions: From I-20 going east or west, take the Exit 105 north onto Newborn Rd. toward Rutledge. Go about 2.1 miles to the fork with Hawkins Ave., and veer to the left to continue following Newborn Rd. Cross Atlanta Hwy. and continue until Newborn Rd. dead ends into W. Dixie Hwy. Take a left on W. Dixie Hwy. and then an immediate right onto Fairplay St. Drive 2.6 miles on Fairplay St. and then take a left onto Knox Chapel Rd. Go 0.4 miles and take a right onto Hard Labor Creek Rd. The Trading Post will be about 400 feet on your right.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 6/17 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 summer residents 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.

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Directions: 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.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 7/4 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 birds and permanent residents. All levels welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. Walk lasts ~ 3 hours with ~ 2.5 miles on foot. There are restrooms available at the lake house, dog park, and tennis courts.

 

Directions: From 10th St. & Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont & pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building, which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parking lot entrance: N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $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 11st St.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 7/8 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 winter woodland 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.

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Directions: 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.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 8/1 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 birds and permanent residents. All levels welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. Walk lasts ~ 3 hours with ~ 2.5 miles on foot. There are restrooms available at the lake house, dog park, and tennis courts.

 

Directions: From 10th St. & Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont & pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building, which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parking lot entrance: N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $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 11st St.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 8/12 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 winter woodland 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.

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Directions: 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.