Field Trips

 

Things are warming up in Georgia and spring migration will soon be upon us. Atlanta Audubon Society's field trips are a great way to learn more about our breeding residents and migrating 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.

 

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: CANCELLED: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Saturday 4/30 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. IF YOU GO TO KENNESAW, PLEASE BE SAFE!

 

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: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 4/30 8:30AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Jay Davis

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.644.6798

 

Birding Focus: Come discover more about spring migrants 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: Oakland Cemetery

Sunday 5/1 8:00AM

Oakland Cemetery (Fulton County)

 

Leaders: Ralph Smith and Dave Kuechenmeister

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404.358.2166 (Ralph)

 

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: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Thursday 5/5 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

PLEASE NOTE INFORMATION ABOUT CARPOOLING AND PARKING!

 

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 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). Please park here and follow the trail to the Visitor Center where the field trip will begin. The park has school field trips that visit the park on Thursdays and they have asked us to carpool when possible and to park in the "overflow lot", i.e. Parking Lot #2 on Old Hwy. 41. Please be considerate of their request. GPS of parking lot: N 33 59.127 W 84 34.852.

 


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 spring migrants 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: Stone Mountain Songbird Trail and Habitat

Saturday 5/7 8:00AM

Stone Mountain Park Songbird Habitat and Trail (DeKalb County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Fernbank Science Center and the Stone Mountain Memorial Association.

 

Leader: Chris Showalter of Fernbank Science Center

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.625.7004

 

Birding Focus: This will be a 1.5 mile easy walk for all skill levels. The Songbird Habitat is managed in an early successional stage & is an excellent spot for Indigo Buntings, Yellow-breasted Chats, Sparrows, Blue Grosbeaks, and others. During migration many of the wood warblers and other migrants will be here, too. You may leave at any time. Please bring your own binoculars. Checklists will be provided. Beginners are welcome; this is a great way to meet people who share your interest in birds. Hope to see you there!

 

Directions and Parking: From Atlanta go east on US-78 to Exit 8 (Stone Mountain Park entrance). After entering the park, take an immediate left onto Stonewall Jackson Dr. Drive 3.3 miles (you will pass the golf club, the campground, and the entrance to the Evergreen Conference Center), then take a left onto another paved side road to reach the bird habitat. If entering from the west gate, take a right onto Robert E. Lee Blvd. and then another right onto Stonewall Jackson Dr. Entrance to the bird habitat will be on your right. The parking area is 800 ft. down at the end of this paved turnaround area, at the trailhead. Meet the group here. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.79548, -84.14609 Click here for a park map. The bird habitat is #7 on the map.

 

Note: While this field trip is free, please be aware that there is a $15 daily parking fee to enter Stone Mountain Park. The annual parking pass is $40. You must purchase either at the park with cash or credit card to attend this trip.

 


Field Trip: Red Top Mountain State Park

Saturday 5/7 8:00AM

Red Top Mountain State Park (Bartow County)

50 Lodge Rd. SE

Cartersville, GA 30121

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites and AmeriCorps

 

Leader: Jeremy Thomas, AmeriCorps Volunteer Ranger

Phone contact morning of walk: 770.975.0055

 

Birding Focus: An introduction to the world of birds. We will look for resident birds 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. Visit the park website to find out about other events happening on this day.

 

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: Johnson Ferry, CRNRA

Sunday 5/8 7:30AM

Johnson Ferry, CRNRA (Cobb County)

301 Johnson Ferry Road Marietta GA 30068

 

Leader: Iris Schumacher

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.791.9464

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for northbound neotropical migrants at this unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. This unit is comprised of forest, meadow, and wetland habitats and is one of metro Atlanta's best wildlife viewing areas. Restrooms and water fountains are available.Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear for walking on wet grass if desired.

 

Directions and Parking: Going west on I-285, take Exit 24, turning right at Riverside Dr. Go 2.2 miles to Johnson Ferry Rd. Go 0.2 mile, crossing the river and turn into the parking lot on the right. Going east on I-285, take Exit 24 and turn left on Riverside Dr. and continue with instructions above. Meet at the restrooms. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 33° 56' 42.34" N, 84° 24' 22.18" W.

 

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 by clicking here.

 


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 migrating 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: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 5/13 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (DeKalb County)

 

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 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 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 5/14 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for spring migrants 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: Etowah Indian Mounds

Saturday 5/14 9:00AM

Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site (Bartow County)

813 Indian Mounds Road SW

Cartersville, GA 30120

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites and AmeriCorps

 

Leader: Jeremy Thomas (AmeriCorps Volunteer Ranger) and Victor Williams

Phone contact morning of walk: 770.387.3747

 

Birding Focus: Come help us observe a Global Big Day! This walk will be an introduction to birding at the Etowah Indian Mounds. Possible species/families include Osprey, American Robin, woodpeckers, Brown Thrasher, hawks, vultures, warblers and sparrows. We will observe the open field around the mounds and the wooded areas along the beautiful Etowah River. Bring you own binoculars and field guides. Walking trails are mostly grass and relatively flat; we expect to walk about a 1-mile loop. Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center. The field trip is free, but the state historic sites will admission: adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00, youth $4.00. Visit the park website to find out about other events happening on this day.

 

Directions and Parking (34.1322941,-84.8227086): From I-75 take Exit 283 and go west on GA-293 (Old Allatoona Rd.) After about 1 mi., take a slight left onto Old Alabama Rd. After 1 mi., turn left to stay on Old Alabama Rd. After another 3.2 mi., turn right onto Douthit Ferry Rd. GO 0.6 mi. and turn right onto Indian Mounds Rd. We will meet at the Visitor Center. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 34.1322941,-84.8227086.

 


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

Sunday 5/15 8:00AM

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

 

Leaders: Jeff Sewell and Carol Lambert

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.758.4551

 

Birding Focus: We will look for resident and migrating waterfowl, raptors, and woodland birds. 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.

 

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: Woodlands Garden and Decatur Cemetery

Friday 5/20 7:30AM

Woodlands Garden (DeKalb County)

932 Scott Boulevard, near Clairemont Road

Decatur Cemetery (DeKalb County)

229 Bell Street

Decatur

 

Leader: Ralph Smith

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.358.2166

 

Birding Focus: Woodlands Garden is a 7.1 acre urban forest 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. We will be looking for late migrats and resident birds, including Pileated Woodpeckers and Red-shouldered Hawks. Sixty-five species have been recorded there in the past couple of years. New birders are welcome. The garden trails are covered with wood chips and 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, but are available at nearby Glenlake Park.

 

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 Rd. 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: Red Top Mountain State Park

Saturday 5/21 8:00AM

Red Top Mountain State Park (Bartow County)

50 Lodge Rd. SE

Cartersville, GA 30121

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites and AmeriCorps

 

Leader: Jeremy Thomas, AmeriCorps Volunteer Ranger

Phone contact morning of walk: 770.975.0055

 

Birding Focus: An introduction to the world of birds. We will look for resident birds 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. Visit the park website to find out about other events happening on this day.

 

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: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 5/21 8:30AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Vinod Babu and Gus Kaufman

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

 

Birding Focus: Come discover more about spring migrants 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: New Echota Historic Site

Saturday 5/28 9:00AM

New Echota Historic Site (Gordon County)

1211 Chatsworth Highway NE

Calhoun, GA 30701

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites and AmeriCorps

 

Leader: Jeremy Thomas, AmeriCorps Volunteer Ranger

Phone contact morning of walk: 706.624.1321

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a morning hike and an introduction to birding at the New Echota Historic Site. We will look for breeding residents. Habitats include fields, wooded edges, and a pond. Bring you own binoculars and field guides. Walking trails are mostly grass and relatively flat; we expect to walk about a 1-mile loop. Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center. The field trip is free, but the state historic sites will charge an admission fee: adults $7.00, Seniors $6.50, youth $5.50. Visit the park website to find out about other events happening on this day. the entrance fee includes entrance to site museum, film, and historic buildings and grounds tour

 

Directions and Parking (34.5409953,-84.9168391): From I-75 take Exit 317 and go north on GA-225 for 0.7 mi. The site will be on your right. We will meet at the Visitor Center. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 34.5409953,-84.9168391.

 


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 spring migrants 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 migrating 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: Panola Mountain State Park

Friday 6/10 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 spring migrants and 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: Emma Wetlands

Friday 6/24 9:30AM

Blue Heron Nature Preserve (Fulton County)

3994 Emma Ln NE

Atlanta, GA 30342

 

This walk is co-sponsored by Trees Atlanta

 

Leader: Adam Beteul

Cell contact morning of walk: 407.492.1139

 

Birding Focus: We will look for summer breeding birds, including sparrows, woodpeckers, and nuthatches. We will cover approximately 1 mile; the walk will last 1.5 hours. The trail is primarily covered with wood chips with some areas of bare ground which could be muddy if it has recently rained. Bring binoculars if you have them; we will have a few pair on hand to borrow. This walk is good for families and beginning birders. Please don't bring your dog. There are no restrooms at Emma Wetlands, but there some at Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

 

Directions and Parking: From Roswell Rd. (US-19), turn east onto Chastain Preserve Ln./Lakemoore Dr. NE. After 0.6 mile, turn right onto Emma Ln. NE. The road dead ends at the entrance of the park. Park on the road at the turnaround present at the end of the road. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.863821, -84.375775.

 


Field Trip: Fraizer-Rowe Park

Wednesday 6/29 8:30AM

Fraizer-Rowe Park (DeKalb County)

2886 LaVista Road

Atlanta, GA

 

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

 

Leader: Mary Kimberly

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.308.6279

 

Birding Focus: This event is geared for senior citizens. There will be minimal walking on a mostly flat, mulched trail. We will also be sitting and listening. We will be watching and listening for summer resident woodland birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. A few pairs will be available to borrow. We will be mostly in the shade.

 

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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 7/2 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for spring migrants 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 7/6 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 migrating 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: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 7/8 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (DeKalb County)

 

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 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 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: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

Saturday 7/9 9:00AM

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center

 

Leaders: Roseanne Guerra and Mary Alston

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916 (Roseanne)

 

Birding Focus: We will look for summer breeding birds. Autrey Mill has over 2 miles of nature trails that feature a walk through a hardwood forest to a pine forest. The trails wander past a scenic creek with rocky shoals, many spring seeps, mature trees, wildflowers, native plants, and a variety of animal life. The 46-acre preserve is home to over 28 species of native trees, 58 species of native plants and over 110 native wildlife species. The forest covers the majority of the preserve, but there is also riparian habitat alongside Sal's Creek, and an emerging wetland area. Sal's Creek runs along the western border of Autrey Mill and empties into the Chattahoochee River.

 

Directions and Parking: From GA-400, take Exit 7 (GA-140, Holcomb Bridge Rd). Go east on Holcomb Bridge Rd. for 0.6 mi. Turn left on Old Alabama Rd. Go 2.5 mi. and turn left, staying on Old Alabama Rd. Go another 3 mi. and turn left on Autrey Mill Rd. Drive 0.5 mile to the Visitor's Center. Meet at the Visitor's Center Parking lot. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. 34.015429, -84.230272

 


Field Trip: Atlanta History Center

Sunday 7/10 8:00AM

Atlanta History Center

 

Leader: Shannon Fair

Cell contact, morning of walk: 404.538.3312

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for summer breeding birds such as woodpeckers, raptors, 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 2-3 miles of mild hiking terrain. Hiking shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen, and water are recommended; bring binoculars.

 

Directions and Parking: Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 33°50'33.3"N 84°23'09.4"W.

 

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.

 

Please park in the deck. 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.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 8/6 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for spring migrants 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 8/10 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 migrating 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: Panola Mountain State Park

Friday 8/12 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 spring migrants and 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 9/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for spring migrants 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: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 9/9 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (DeKalb County)

 

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 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 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.