Field Trips

 

Fall migration time is here! Come out and let our field trip leaders help you learn about migrating birds. Field trips are a great way to learn about birds and how to spot them as well as a way to meet other people who share your interest in birds. We have a number of field trips on the calendar for the fall and we hope you can get out and learn about migrating and resident birds from AAS's enthusiastic 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: Kennesaw Mountain

Wednesday 10/1 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Joel McNeal

Cell contact morning of walk: 617.259.0944

 

Birding Focus: Premier migrant hotspot in the SE. We'll be looking for fall migrants, primarily flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Walk is ~ 2.5 miles total.

 

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. There are restrooms in the Visitor Center.

 

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 Rd. and in 350 ft. turn left into Visitor Center parking lot where group will meet.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 10/4 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for 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.

 

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: Parking is no longer available behind the Conservancy building; there is parking available 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 11th St. Restrooms are available at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Saturday 10/4 8:30AM

Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leaders: Cindy Mayer and Rebecca Byrd

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.290.2393 (Cindy), 770.369.5710 (Rebecca)

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Overlook Park. Resident and migratory birds will be seen during the height of fall migration. 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.

 

Parking: 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

 

Directions: From Roswell Rd. (GA Highway 9), go west on Morgan Falls Rd. for 1.2 miles to the parking lot.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek

Sunday 10/5 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking migrants and 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

Wednesday 10/8 8:00AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Liz Hornsby

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.761.0952

 

Birding Focus: Fall migration is very productive at this metro Atlanta hotspot. We'll focus on southbound songbirds including flycatchers, vireos, warblers, tanagers and more. We'll also be looking for 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: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Saturday 10/11 8:00AM

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (DeKalb County)

 

Co-sponsored with Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

 

Leaders: Dave Butler and Jay Davis

Cell contact morning of walk: 404-580-3917 (Dave), 404-644-6798 (Jay)

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for migrating and resident birds. Duration of walk is 2-3 hours, but you may leave early 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 get there late.

 

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 There are no restrooms, so please prepare ahead of time.

 

Directions: From I-285, take exit #39A, highway 78, Stone Mt. 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 you'll see Harrington Dr. on your right. Turn onto Harrington & go 0.6 miles to Wood Trail Ln. Turn right on Wood Trail Ln & go 1000 ft 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: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center

Saturday 10/11 8:00AM

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 late fall migrants as well as wintering and permanent resident 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.

 

Parking: Meet at the Visitor's Center Parking lot. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 34.015429, -84.230272

 

Directions: 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.

 


Field Trip: Stone Mountain Park Songbird Trail

Saturday 10/18 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: There is a $10 daily parking fee to enter Stone Mountain Park. The annual parking pass is $35. You must purchase either at the park with cash or credit card to attend this trip.

 


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

Saturday 10/18 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: Resident and migrating waterfowl, raptors, and woodland birds.

 

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 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.

Call the Wetlands Center for more info on both sites: 770.603.5606

 


Field Trip: Murphey Candler Park

Wednesday 10/22 8:00AM

Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Liz Hornsby

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.761.0952

 

Birding Focus: Three main habitats (lake, wetlands, mixed woods) provide good species diversity. We'll look for late 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: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 10/25 8:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Joy Carter and Mary Kimberly

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.822.0030 (Joy), 404.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: Come discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both late fall migrants as well as permanent and winter residents. 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: Stone Mountain Park Songbird Trail

Saturday 11/1 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: There is a $10 daily parking fee to enter Stone Mountain Park. The annual parking pass is $35. You must purchase either at the park with cash or credit card to attend this trip.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 11/1 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: Breeding 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.

 

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. Restrooms: lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Bot Gardens

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 11/15 8:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Tom Painting

Cell contact morning of walk: 585.465.0034

 

Birding Focus: Come discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both fall migrants and residents. 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 12/6 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: Breeding 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.

 

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. Restrooms: lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Bot Gardens

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 1/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: Breeding 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.

 

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. Restrooms: lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Bot Gardens