Field Trips

 

We are well into winter 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 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: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 2/10 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 resident and wintering 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.

 

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

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 2/10 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 resident and lingering wintering birds as well as early spring migrants 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

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain

Friday 2/12 9:00AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes

Cell contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: Winter residents 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: GBBC at Chicopee Lake

Saturday 2/13 8:00AM

Chicopee Lake (Hall County)

2100 Calvary Church Rd.

Gainesville, GA 30507

 

Leader: Peter Gordon

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.617.8826

 

Birding Focus: Come celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Elachee Nature Science Center's Chicopee Lake, a favorite site for birders. We expect to see waterfowl, including Mallards, American Black Ducks, Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, Wood Ducks; wading birds; wetland birds; winter visitors; and resident birds, including sparrows, woodpeckers, Hermit Thrushes, kinglets, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. This walk is open to birders of all abilities; families with children 10 and older are welcome. No dogs or strollers are allowed. Wear hiking shoes and dress for the weather. Elachee Nature Science Center will provide one scope and some binoculars. Participants are invited to bring additional scopes and binoculars. We hope to have restrooms available.

 

Directions and Parking: Take I-985 N to Exit 20 (GA-60, Queen City Pkwy.). Turn right on to GA-60/Candler Rd. and proceed to the first traffic light at Calvary Church Rd. Turn right on Calvary Church and follow for approximately 3 miles. The green-fenced parking lot and pavilion will be on the right. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 34.226653, -83.824594

 


Field Trip: GBBC at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Saturday 2/13 8:15AM

Blue Heron Nature Preserve (Fulton County)

4055 Roswell Rd.

Atlanta, GA 30342

 

Co-leaders: Linda Edwards, Susan Loeb, and Nikki Belmonte

Cell day of walk: 678-456-4632

 

Birding Focus: Discover the urban bird habitat at Blue Heron Nature Preserve, the home base for Atlanta Audubon Society. We will bird the main trail paralleling Nancy Creek, the perimeter of Mill Pond, and the trail at Emma Wetlands. The focus will be wintering and year-round residents including songbirds, woodpeckers, and waterfowl.

 

This is an excellent field trip for beginning birders. Families are welcomed. Binoculars will be available on site to borrow. Atlanta Audubon's own shade-grown coffee will be available to sample as well!

 

A portion of the field trip will be focused on how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a worldwide citizen science event taking place February 12-15. We will show participants briefly how to access and submit an eBird report from a smartphone or tablet, and explain the criteria for submitting checklists during GBBC weekend.

Our partners, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, will hold their Second Saturday Safari, "Sowing for Monarchs" at 10:00 AM. Click here to learn more and register for their program.

 

Directions and Parking: Blue Heron Nature Preserve is located at 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta. Coming I-285 on the north side, take Exit 25 for Roswell Rd. Head south on Roswell Rd. for 3.5 miles and take a left at the second Blue Heron Nature Preserve park sign on the left located directly across from Pike Nursery. From GA-400, take Exit 2 for Lenox Rd. Head west for about ¼ mile, staying in the right lane. Take a right onto Piedmont Rd. and follow for about a ½ mile. Take a right onto Roswell Rd., heading north for about a mile, and turn right at the first Blue Heron Nature Preserve park sign directly across from Pike Nursery. Meet the leaders in the main parking lot. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.865682, -84.380775.

 


Field Trip: Huie Ponds of the CCWA, Lake Shamrock, and Lake Blalock

Sunday 2/14 8:00AM

Huie Ponds of the CCWA, Lake Shamrock, and Lake Blalock (Clayton County)

 

Leaders: Jeff Sewell and Carol Lambert

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.758.4551

 

Birding Focus: We will look for resident and wintering waterfowl, raptors, and woodland birds on the ponds. Please meet at the Newman Wetlands Center parking lot at 8 am, and then we will carpool to the (freshwater) Huie ponds of the CCWA where we will drive around the cells, stopping to view the birds we find. Songbirds are usually present in the surrounding vegetation. We will then carpool to Lakes Shamrock and Blalock. Please bring binoculars. A spotting scope would be helpful, if you have one. Children 9 years and up are welcome if they are really interested in birds. Restrooms are available at the wetlands center. However, we are not planning to walk the wetlands trail due to the ongoing forestry operations very close by.

 

Directions and parking: 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 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 on your right.

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: 33.471926, -84.305015.

 


Field Trip: Red Top Mountain State Park

Saturday 2/20 8:00AM

Red Top Mountain State Park (Bartow County)

50 Lodge Rd. SE

Cartersville, GA 30121

 

Leader: Victor Williams and Jeremy Thomas

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.640.7307

 

Birding Focus: An introduction to the world of birds. We will look for resident birds and see if we can find some early spring migrants. This trip will start on the Lakeside Trail, which makes a 0.5 mile loop around a restored 1869 log cabin with field and woodland habitats and a view of Allatoona Lake. It is ADA accessible for the full length. Other areas of the park also will be explored. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-75 take Exit 285. Turn east onto Red Top Mountain Rd. SE. Go 2 miles, then turn left onto Park Marina Rd. After 0.7 miles, turn right onto Lodge Rd. SE toward the Discovery Center (road not labeled). Follow 0.3 miles to a large parking lot. Meet in front of the Mountain Cove Discovery Center. If you are late, walk around behind building to the Lakeside Trail. GPS of parking area: 34.15434, -84.70284.

 

Note: Bring $5 cash for the daily 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 full details go to: Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Saturday 2/20 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. The winter months will offer opportunities to see waterfowl and eagles. 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: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 2/20 9:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Tom Painting

Cell contact morning of walk: 585.465.0034

 

Birding Focus: 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: RESCHEDULED: Huie Ponds of the CCWA, Lake Shamrock, and Lake Blalock

Sunday 2/21 8:00AM

Huie Ponds of the CCWA, Lake Shamrock, and Lake Blalock (Clayton County)

 

Leaders: Jeff Sewell and Carol Lambert

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.758.4551

 

THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 14.

 

Birding Focus: We will look for resident and wintering waterfowl, raptors, and woodland birds on the ponds. Please meet at the Newman Wetlands Center parking lot at 8 am, and then we will carpool to the (freshwater) Huie ponds of the CCWA where we will drive around the cells, stopping to view the birds we find. Songbirds are usually present in the surrounding vegetation. We will then carpool to Lakes Shamrock and Blalock. Please bring binoculars. A spotting scope would be helpful, if you have one. Children 9 years and up are welcome if they are really interested in birds. Restrooms are available at the wetlands center. However, we are not planning to walk the wetlands trail due to the ongoing forestry operations very close by.

 

Directions and parking: 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 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 on your right.

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: 33.471926, -84.305015.

 


Field Trip: The Confluence

Saturday 2/27 8:00AM

South Fork Conservancy (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the South Fork Conservancy

 

Leader: Adam Beteul

Cell contact morning of walk: 407.492.1139

 

Birding Focus: The Confluence is a focal location for Atlanta Audubon's National Fish and Wildlife Federation 5 star grant focusing on creating bird-friendly habitat along our urban waterways. It is situated at the meeting of the North and South Forks of Peachtree Creek. Invasive plant removal, native plantings, and bird monitoring are all components of this project. This is the first of multiple public events to be held at The Confluence in an effort to engage the community and to collect citizen science data. The species we expect to see are permanent and winter residents. There should be lots of White-throated Sparrows. The trail is bare ground, often muddy. The ground is flat and easy to walk on when not really muddy. The trail follows Peachtree Creek. Total distance is around 1.50 miles. This walk is good for families and beginning birders. Dogs would probably be fine at this site. NO bathrooms are present.

 

Directions and parking: From I-85 southbound, take Exit 88 and turn left on Cheshire Br. Rd. Go 0.4 mile and turn right on Lindburgh Dr. Go 0.3 mile and turn left on Armand Rd. Take Armand until it ends at the Cedar Chase Condos. The road has a circular turnaround at the end. Park on the turnaround or anywhere along Armand Rd. There is a large (8-10ft) wood marker near the turnaround and at the back end of the Cedar Chase Condos. It has a few color strips painted a the top of the wood. We will meet at this spot. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.814844, -84.359986.

 


Field Trip: Atlanta Beltline

Sunday 2/28 8:00AM

The Atlanta BeltLine (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with Trees Atlanta and The Atlanta Beltline

 

Leaders: Joy Carter, Ralph Smith, and Vinod Babu

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.822.0030 (Joy)

 

Birding Focus: Come walk the Atlanta BeltLine north of Piedmont Park with expert Arboretum Docents from Trees Atlanta and Atlanta Audubon. We will look for urban resident and visiting birds, hopefully with some close-up views. The habitats we will visit include Clear Creek, a golf course and woodland edges - all areas preferred by birds! The walk begins behind Ansley Mall and continues to Piedmont Park along the Beltline. In Piedmont Park we'll walk around the Clear Creek CSO area to look at birds in the water and in the brush and trees. The bird walk covers about 1 mile and lasts 2 hours to stop and bird along the way. This is a family-friendly walk, but is not appropriate for children in strollers or for dogs. Please bring drinking water, binoculars, and note-taking supplies if you'd like. Dress appropriately for a hike on an unpaved path; sturdy shoes and hat are recommended.

 

The walk is free, but registration is advised so you can be notified if there are changes to the event. Register online at Trees Atlanta Event Calendar.

 

Directions and Parking: From the intersection of Piedmont Rd, and Monroe Dr., go northwest on Monroe Dr. for one block. Turn left into the parking lot at the north end of Ansley Mall (across from Ansley Ln.) and just before you get to Einstein Brother's Bagels. Parking lot entrance: 33.79995, -84.37100. Proceed to the back corner of the parking lot, between the mall and the Bank of America. We will meet next to the fence at the back of the parking lot.

 


Field Trip: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Columns Drive)

Thursday 3/3 8:00AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Note: this walk will begin at the Columns Drive parking lot of the Cochran Shoals unit.

 

Leader: Chris Lambrecht

Cell contact morning of walk: 770.891.0955

 

Birding Focus: We'll look for wintering and permanent residents including woodpeckers, waxwings, and waterfowl. We will begin this walk at the Columns Dr. parking lot and will follow a different route than most AAS walks at this unit of the CRNRA. 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.

 

Directions and Parking: Going west on I-285, take Exit 24, turning right at Riverside Dr. Go 2.2 mi. to Johnson Ferry Rd. Go 0.2 mi. After crossing the river, turn left on Columns Dr. Drive 2.5 mi. to the parking lot. Meet at the trailhead. Going east on I-285, take Exit 24 and turn left on Riverside Dr. and continue with instructions above. 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: 33° 55' 18.17" N, 84° 26' 20.84" W.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 3/5 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: George Pierce Park

Saturday 3/5 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. 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 we will walk 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 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: 34.0617, -84.0613.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 3/9 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 resident and lingering wintering birds as well as early spring migrants 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

 


Field Trip: Briarlake Community Forest

Thursday 3/10 8:00AM

Briarlake Community Forest (DeKalb County)

Briarlake Road at Amberwood Drive

 

Leaders: Ralph Smith and Stan Chapman

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.358.2166 (Ralph)

Birding Focus: Briarlake Community Forest is a 21-acre tract in a residential neighborhood which has recently been set aside as a public greenspace. With its stand of large old- growth trees and dense undergrowth, BCF is host to a variety of typical Atlanta urban forest birds, both resident and seasonal migrants. Trails are not yet well developed, so wear sturdy shoes. Beginners are welcome. There are no restroom facilities.

Directions and Parking: Briarlake Community Forest is located on Briarlake Rd. halfway between Lavista and Briarcliff Rds. Look for an old clapboard sided house near the intersection of Amberwood Dr. and park in the gravel drive. 33.843983, -84.270814

 


Field Trip: Vaughter's Farm

Friday 3/11 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

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

Cell contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: The Vaughter's 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 winter residents and early migrants. Meadowlarks have been spotted along this trail, an uncommon find in DeKalb County. This easy, unpaved trail offers unbeatable views of the Vaughter's 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 Vaughter's 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: Atlanta Science Festival walk in Fernbank Forest

Saturday 3/19 8:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

This walk is held in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival. Find more Atlanta Science Festival event listings by visiting Atlanta Science Festival.

 

Leaders: Vinod Babu and Ralph Smith

Cell contacts morning of walk: 413.230.6276 (Vinod); 404.358.2166 (Ralph)

 

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: Johns Homestead Park

Saturday 3/19 8:00AM

Johns' Homestead Park (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Dave Butler and Jay Davis

Cell contact morning of walk: 404-580-3917 (Dave)

 

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.

 

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Field Trip: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Thursday 3/24 8:00AM

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Ralph Smith, Dave Butler, and Mary Kimberly

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404.358.2166 (Ralph); 404.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for resident and migrating birds. Duration of walk is two to three 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.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 48.352 W 84 17.031): From I-285, take Exit 39A, Highway 78, Stone Mountain Fwy. west toward Decatur. Immediately after passing North DeKalb Mall on your right, you'll see a QuikTrip (QT) on your right. About 340 feet after the QT turn right on Harrington Dr. Go 0.6 miles to Wood Trail Ln. Turn right on Wood Trail Ln. and go 1,000 feet to Pine Bluff Dr. Park on the 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 approximately three miles, go right on Hwy. 78/29/Lawrenceville Hwy. (at North DeKalb Mall) and follow directions as above. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 48.352 W 84 17.031

 


Field Trip: Lost Corner Preserve

Saturday 3/26 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 and Cindy Mayer

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916 (Roseanne)

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Lost Corner Preserve. We will look for early migrants, lingering winter visitors, and resident birds. 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. Or call 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 4/2 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for 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 4/13 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 resident and lingering wintering birds as well as early spring migrants 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

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Saturday 4/23 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 spring walk will offer opportunities to see migrants and breeding 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 5/7 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 5/11 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 resident and lingering wintering birds as well as early spring migrants 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

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 6/4 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: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 6/8 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 resident and lingering wintering birds as well as early spring migrants 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