Field Trips

 

We are in the mid-summer slow time, but things should be picking up, bird-wise, in a few months. Now is a great time to join our field trip leaders who can help you learn about our common breeding birds and get you ready to learn more when migration rolls around in September. Field trips are a great way to learn about birds and how to spot them.  They are also a great way to meet other people who share your interest in birds.  We have a number of field trips on the calendar for the winter and we hope you can get out and learn about our resident breeding 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: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA

Wednesday 9/2 8:00AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Liz Hornsby and Mary Kimberly

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.761.0952 (Liz); 404.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking mainly for resident species and maybe an early migrant or two, including 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.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634): Going west on I-285, take Exit 22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N. Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot for "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 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. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot for "Cochran Shoals Unit." Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634. Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at the South parking lot. Bring cash for $3 parking fee (or $25 annual pass, which can be purchased on site with credit card or online).

 


Field Trip: JJ Biello Park

Friday 9/4 8:00AM

Riverside Athletic Complex, J.J. Biello Park (East Entrance) (Cherokee County)

610 Druw Cameron Drive, Woodstock, GA 30188

 

Leaders: Rich Hull and Nikki Belmonte

Cell contact morning of walk: 404-844-3448 (Rich)

 

Birding Focus: We will look for summer residents including buntings, orioles, warblers, raptors, swallows, sparrows, vireos, herons, flycatchers, and woodpeckers. We will also look for potential early migrants such as vireos and warblers. We will start out by birding the athletic fields, so if anyone arrives late please join us. Habitats at this location include athletic fields, second growth fields, deciduous forests, and wetlands. The walk will be two and a half hours long, but you may leave early at any time. The trails are all fairly level and are not difficult to navigate, but they can become muddy after a heavy rain. Restrooms are available. Please wear shoes that will be comfortable to wear in wet grass. Bug spray may be a good idea since mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers exist at this location. All birders are welcome to participate, but this walk will be especially good for beginners because of the variety of habitats and the large number of common birds present at this location.

 

Directions and Parking: Going north on I-575, take Exit 8 at Towne Lake Pkwy. Take a right on Towne Lake Pkwy and continue straight when the road changes to Arnold Mill Rd. Proceed on Arnold Mill Rd. through downtown Woodstock and in two mi. turn left onto Druw Cameron Dr. Continue on Druw Cameron Dr. until it dead ends into the Eastern Entrance of J.J. Biello Park. The pavilion and restrooms will be straight ahead. We will meet at the pavilion area next to the restrooms. Parking is free. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 34.115150, -84.493703.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 9/5 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for late summer 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: POSTPONED: Noonday Creek (east section)

Sunday 9/6 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20.

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

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

 

Directions and Parking (34.023854, -84.548456): From I-75 take Exit 269. Drive east on Barrett Pkwy. for about 1 mile. Turn left on Bells Ferry Rd. The parking lot for the meeting spot is on the left, just after where Bell's Ferry Rd. crosses Noonday Creek. Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 34.023854, -84.548456

 

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 9/9 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 late summer 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: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Thursday 9/10 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Joel McNeal

Cell contact morning of walk: 617.259.0944

 

Birding Focus: Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant hotspot in the SE. We'll be looking for fall migrants, primarily flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. The walk is about 2.5 miles. 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. There are restrooms at the Visitor Center.

 

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 feet turn left into the Visitor Center parking lot, where the group will meet. Arrive early to find a parking place. If the lot is full, return to Lot #2 and walk 0.4 miles to the Visitor Center lot. GPS of Visitor Center lot: N 33 59.037 W 84 34.703.

 


Field Trip: George Pierce Park

Saturday 9/12 8:00AM

George Pierce Park (Gwinnett County)

55 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024

 

Leader: Chris O'Neal

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.514.7057

 

Birding Focus: This park is one of the best places in Gwinnett County to bird at any time of year. We will look for migrants and permanent residents including herons, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, and warblers. Restroom facilities are available. The main park path we will take goes through the woods and features a boardwalk past a large wetlands pond. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, and comfortable walking shoes. The walk will last approximately 3 hours and 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: Hard Labor Creek State Park

Friday 9/18 10:00AM

Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Phil Delestrez

Phone contact day of walk: 706.557.3001 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: Hard Labor Creek is the 2nd largest Georgia state park. It boasts a variety of habitats and has a history of birds like Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, and a variety of waterfowl on Lake Rutledge. During this short walk, we'll look for residents and early migrants, including woodland birds, waterfowl, and raptors. Restrooms are available in the Trading Post Visitor Center. NOTE: this walk starts later than usual.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-20, take Exit 105 north onto Newborn Rd. toward Rutledge. Go 2.1 miles to the fork with Hawkins Ave., and veer to the left to continue following Newborn Rd. Cross Atlanta Hwy. and continue until Newborn dead ends into W. Dixie Hwy. Take a left on W. Dixie and then an immediate right onto Fairplay St. Drive 2.6 miles on Fairplay and turn left onto Knox Chapel Rd. Go 0.4 miles and turn right onto Hard Labor Creek Rd. The Trading Post will be about 400 feet on your right (N 33 39.841 W 83 36.362). Meet at the Trading Post Visitor check-in building. (Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all Georgia 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: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 9/19 8:30AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Gus Kaufman and Vinod Babu

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

 

Birding Focus: Come discover more about early fall 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 8:30 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: Noonday Creek (east section)

Sunday 9/20 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

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

 

Directions and Parking (34.023854, -84.548456): From I-75 take Exit 269. Drive east on Barrett Pkwy. for about 1 mile. Turn left on Bells Ferry Rd. The parking lot for the meeting spot is on the left, just after where Bell's Ferry Rd. crosses Noonday Creek. Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 34.023854, -84.548456

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Thursday 9/24 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Giff Beaton

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.428.2328

 

Birding Focus: Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant hotspot in the SE. We'll be looking for fall migrants, primarily flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. The walk is about 2.5 miles. 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. There are restrooms at the Visitor Center.

 

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 feet turn left into the Visitor Center parking lot, where the group will meet. Arrive early to find a parking place. If the lot is full, return to Lot #2 and walk 0.4 miles to the Visitor Center lot. GPS of Visitor Center lot: N 33 59.037 W 84 34.703.

 


Field Trip: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA

Saturday 9/26 8:00AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Nathan Farnau

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.849.3843

 

Birding Focus: Southbound migration will be in full swing and Cochran Shoals is one of Georgia's hotspots, especially this time of year. Participants can expect a good diversity of warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, and flycatchers. 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.

 

Directions and Parking: Going west on I-285, take Exit 22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N. Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot for "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 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. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot for "Cochran Shoals Unit." Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634. Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at the South parking lot. Bring cash for $3 parking fee (or $25 annual pass, which can be purchased on site with credit card or online).

 


Field Trip: Murphey Candler Park

Wednesday 9/30 8:00AM

Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Liz Hornsby

Cell contacts morning of walk: 678.761.0952

 

Birding Focus: Three main habitats (lake, wetlands, mixed woods) provide good species diversity. We'll look for residents and migrants, including raptors, waterfowl, waders 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. Restrooms are available at the SW corner of the park, near the baseball fields.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-285 on the north side of Atlanta, take Exit 29. Go south on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. 0.95 mile, then turn left onto W. Nancy Creek Drive NE. Drive 0.6 mile to the parking area on your left, adjacent to the southeast corner of the lake. We will meet there. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.909397, -84.322476.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 10/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Saturday 10/3 8:30AM

Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leaders: TBA

Cell contact morning of walk:

 

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: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Tuesday 10/6 8:00AM

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Liz Hornsby

Cell contacts morning of walk: 678.761.0952

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for migrant and resident 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: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 10/7 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 fall migrants and resident woodland birds such as warblers, woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

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

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Thursday 10/8 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Joel McNeal

Cell contact morning of walk: 617.259.0944

 

Birding Focus: Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant hotspot in the SE. We'll be looking for fall migrants, primarily flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. The walk is about 2.5 miles. 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. There are restrooms at the Visitor Center.

 

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 feet turn left into the Visitor Center parking lot, where the group will meet. Arrive early to find a parking place. If the lot is full, return to Lot #2 and walk 0.4 miles to the Visitor Center lot. GPS of Visitor Center lot: N 33 59.037 W 84 34.703.

 


Field Trip: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

Saturday 10/10 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 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: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 10/10 9:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Tom Painting

Cell contact morning of walk: 585-465-0034

 

Birding Focus: Come discover more about fall 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: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA

Wednesday 10/14 8:00AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Liz Hornsby

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.761.0952

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking mainly for resident species and migrants, including 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 is approximately three 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 (N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634): Going west on I-285, take Exit 22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N. Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot for "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 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. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot for "Cochran Shoals Unit." Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634. Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at the South parking lot. Bring cash for $3 parking fee (or $25 annual pass, which can be purchased on site with credit card or online).

 


Field Trip: Hard Labor Creek State Park

Friday 10/16 10:00AM

Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Phil Delestrez

Phone contact day of walk: 706.557.3001 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: Hard Labor Creek is the 2nd largest Georgia state park. It boasts a variety of habitats and has a history of birds like Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, and a variety of waterfowl on Lake Rutledge. During this short walk, we'll look for residents and migrants, including woodland birds, waterfowl, and raptors. Restrooms are available in the Trading Post Visitor Center.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-20, take Exit 105 north onto Newborn Rd. toward Rutledge. Go 2.1 miles to the fork with Hawkins Ave., and veer to the left to continue following Newborn Rd. Cross Atlanta Hwy. and continue until Newborn dead ends into W. Dixie Hwy. Take a left on W. Dixie and then an immediate right onto Fairplay St. Drive 2.6 miles on Fairplay and turn left onto Knox Chapel Rd. Go 0.4 miles and turn right onto Hard Labor Creek Rd. The Trading Post will be about 400 feet on your right (N 33 39.841 W 83 36.362). Meet at the Trading Post Visitor check-in building. (Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all Georgia 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: Murphey Candler Park

Wednesday 10/28 8:00AM

Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)

1551 West Nancy Creek Drive

Brookhaven, GA 30319

 

Leaders: Liz Hornsby and Mary Kimberly

Cell contacts morning of walk: 678.761.0952 (Liz); 404.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: Three main habitats (lake, wetlands, mixed woods) provide good species diversity. We'll look for wintering residents and late migrants, including raptors, waterfowl, waders 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. Restrooms are available at the SW corner of the park, near the baseball fields.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-285 on the north side of Atlanta, take Exit 29. Go south on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. 0.95 mile, then turn left onto W. Nancy Creek Drive NE. Drive 0.6 mile to the parking area on your left, adjacent to the southeast corner of the lake, near the observation platform . We will meet there. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.909397, -84.322476.

 


Field Trip: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Wednesday 11/4 7:30AM

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Liz Hornsby and Mary Kimberly

Cell contacts morning of walk: 678.761.0952 (Liz); 404.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for winter resident 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 11/7 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for late summer 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 11/11 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 winter woodland birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers) and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

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

 


Field Trip: Hard Labor Creek State Park

Saturday 11/14 10:00AM

Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Phil Delestrez

Phone contact day of walk: 706.557.3001 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: Hard Labor Creek is the 2nd largest Georgia state park. It boasts a variety of habitats and has a history of birds like Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, and a variety of waterfowl on Lake Rutledge. During this short walk, we'll look for wintering and permanent residents, including woodland birds, waterfowl, and raptors. Restrooms are available in the Trading Post Visitor Center. NOTE: this walk starts later than usual.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-20, take Exit 105 north onto Newborn Rd. toward Rutledge. Go 2.1 miles to the fork with Hawkins Ave., and veer to the left to continue following Newborn Rd. Cross Atlanta Hwy. and continue until Newborn dead ends into W. Dixie Hwy. Take a left on W. Dixie and then an immediate right onto Fairplay St. Drive 2.6 miles on Fairplay and turn left onto Knox Chapel Rd. Go 0.4 miles and turn right onto Hard Labor Creek Rd. The Trading Post will be about 400 feet on your right (N 33 39.841 W 83 36.362). Meet at the Trading Post Visitor check-in building. (Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all Georgia 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: Murphey Candler Park

Wednesday 11/18 7:30AM

Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Liz Hornsby

Cell contacts morning of walk: 678.761.0952

 

Birding Focus: Three main habitats (lake, wetlands, mixed woods) provide good species diversity. We'll look for wintering residents, including raptors, waterfowl, waders 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. Restrooms are available at the SW corner of the park, near the baseball fields.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-285 on the north side of Atlanta, take Exit 29. Go south on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. 0.95 mile, then turn left onto W. Nancy Creek Drive NE. Drive 0.6 mile to the parking area on your left, adjacent to the southeast corner of the lake. We will meet there. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.909397, -84.322476.

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 11/21 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 12/5 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for late summer 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 12/9 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 winter woodland birds such as woodpeckers, including Pileated Woodpeckers, and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

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

 


Field Trip: Hard Labor Creek State Park

Saturday 12/12 10:00AM

Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Phil Delestrez

Phone contact day of walk: 706.557.3001 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: Hard Labor Creek is the 2nd largest Georgia state park. It boasts a variety of habitats and has a history of birds like Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, and a variety of waterfowl on Lake Rutledge. During this short walk, we'll look for wintering and permanent residents, including woodland birds, waterfowl, and raptors. Restrooms are available in the Trading Post Visitor Center. NOTE: this walk starts later than usual.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-20, take Exit 105 north onto Newborn Rd. toward Rutledge. Go 2.1 miles to the fork with Hawkins Ave., and veer to the left to continue following Newborn Rd. Cross Atlanta Hwy. and continue until Newborn dead ends into W. Dixie Hwy. Take a left on W. Dixie and then an immediate right onto Fairplay St. Drive 2.6 miles on Fairplay and turn left onto Knox Chapel Rd. Go 0.4 miles and turn right onto Hard Labor Creek Rd. The Trading Post will be about 400 feet on your right (N 33 39.841 W 83 36.362). Meet at the Trading Post Visitor check-in building. (Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all Georgia 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 1/2 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for late summer 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.