Field Trips

 

Winter has brought some temporary residents to our area!  Join our field trip leaders who can help you learn about wintering visitors, including many waterfowl, and permanent residents.  Field trips are a great way to learn about birds and how to spot them.  They are also a great way to meet other people who share your interest in birds.  We have a number of field trips on the calendar for the winter and we hope you can get out and learn about wintering and resident birds from AAS's enthusiastic field trip leaders.

 

AAS's field trips are free and open to the public. Beginning birders are welcome on our trips because this is a great way to learn about birds and to meet other people that share your love of birds and the outdoors! Some sites, such as state and national parks, require entry/parking fees. If registration is required, this need will be specified in the details. You can find details and driving directions by clicking on the calendar entry below or by scrolling down below the calendar to the description.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure or parking problem). If you plan to attend a birdwalk, ALWAYS check this site the night before for updates.

 

If you would like to lead a field trip, contribute ideas for places to go, or give feedback about leaders, trips, or the field trip directions, please email Mary Kimberly, Field Trip Director.

 

 

We have adopted the American Birding Association's Principles of Birding Ethics. We encourage our members to follow these guidelines on our field trips and elsewhere. Please see our Birding Ethics page to familiarize yourself with the code and to find a link to the ABA's Code of Ethics page.

 

See trip details below the calendar or click on the event.

 

 


Field Trip: Woodlands Garden and Decatur Cemetary

Saturday 1/31 8:00AM

Woodlands Garden (DeKalb County)

932 Scott Boulevard, near Clairemont Road

Decatur Cemetery (DeKalb County)

229 Bell Street

Decatur

 

Leaders: Ralph Smith

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.358.2166

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Murphey Candler Park

Wednesday 2/4 8:30AM

Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Liz Hornsby and Mary Kimberly

Cell contact 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 winter visitors 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 2/7 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11st St.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek (west section)

Sunday 2/8 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking wintering and permanent residents in wetland and woodland habitats. Likely species include Great Blue Heron, woodpeckers, thrushes, warblers, and Blue-headed Vireo. 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: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 2/11 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: Ft. Yargo State Park

Friday 2/13 9:30AM

Fort Yargo State Park (Gwinnett County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Phil Delestrez

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.218.4425

 

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

 

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

. Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all State Parks. If you have a library card to any GA public library, you can "check out" a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For details go to: Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Chicopee Lake

Saturday 2/14 8:00AM

Chicopee Lake (Hall County)

2100 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA 30507

 

Leader: Peter Gordon

Cell contact morning of walk: 678-617-8826

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Hard Labor Creek State Park

Saturday 2/14 1:30PM

Hard Labor Creek State Park (Morgan County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Phil Delestrez

Phone contact day of walk: 706.557.3001 (park office)

 

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

 

Parking: Meet at the "Trading Post" Visitor Check In building (has restrooms). Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Trading Post Check In: N 33 39.841 W 83 36.362. Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all State Parks. If you have a library card to any GA public library, you can "check out" a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For details go to: Things to Know.

 

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

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Saturday 2/21 8:30AM

Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leaders: Chris Lambrecht and Warren Walter

Cell contacts morning of walk: 770.891.0955 (Chris), 404.314.6014 (Warren)

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Overlook Park. The winter months will offer opportunities to see waterfowl and eagles. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. Or call 770-730-5600.

 

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

Wednesday 2/25 8:00AM

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Ralph Smith and Liz Hornsby

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.358.2166 (Ralph); 678.761.0952 (Liz)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain State Park

Friday 2/27 9:00AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Oconee River Audubon Society

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes

Cell contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: Winter residents of wetlands & forest, including sparrows, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds.

 

Parking: Meet at the Alexander Lake Parking area. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6320, -84.1466

 

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.

 

Directions: 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 7 miles, then turn left onto Alexanders 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.

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 2/28 8:30AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Joy Carter and Gus Kaufman

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.822.0030 (Joy)

 

Birding Focus: Come discover more about the wintering 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.

 

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 3/7 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11st St.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek (east section)

Sunday 3/8 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, warblers, and more. 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.

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 3/11 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: Atlanta Science Festival Bird Walk at Fernbank Forest

Saturday 3/21 8:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Tom Painting

Cell contact morning of walk: 585.465.0034

 

Birding Focus: This program is offered in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival. This is an opportunity to discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both permanent residents and winter visitors. 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. Find more Atlanta Science Festival event listings by visiting Atlanta Science Festival.

 

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. Office/Interpretive Center:

33.77540, -84.32936 The walk will begin at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, located at 767 Clifton Road 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 Road; the museum will be on your right. From downtown Atlanta, take Ponce de Leon Ave. east, toward Decatur. Turn left at Clifton Road; the museum will be on your right.

 

Cost: This event is free and open to the public (does not include museum admission). Advance reservations are required at 404-929-6400. Participants should check in at the Museum ticketing counter 15-20 minutes in advance of the program to receive a wristband. The group will meet in the museum lobby and depart promptly at 8 a.m. Due to the nature of the program, latecomers will not be accepted. Participant capacity is 40 people, so make your reservations today!

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 4/4 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. There are restrooms available at the lake house, dog park, and tennis courts.

 

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

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11st St.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 4/8 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

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

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

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

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 4/18 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11st St.

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Saturday 4/18 8:30AM

Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leaders: Roseanne Guerra and Linda Liu

Cell contacts morning of walk: 678-358-4916 (Roseanne), 678.521.8200 (Linda)

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Overlook Park. This spring walk will offer opportunities to see migrants and breeding species. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. Or call 770-730-5600.

 

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 Trail (west section)

Sunday 4/19 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking migrants and permanent residents in wetland and woodland habitats. Likely species include Great Blue Heron, woodpeckers, thrushes, warblers, and vireos. Any level of skill is welcome; the walk will be 3+ miles along a paved route of easy terrain. Participants may leave at any time during the walk. There are no restrooms but KFC and IHOP have them.

 

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

 

Directions: From I-75 take Exit 269. Drive west on Barrett Pkwy. for 1.4 miles. Turn right and drive 0.3 miles on Cobb Pkwy. NW to the KFC parking lot on your right. Park & meet leader here. The trailhead is 180 feet west of the KFC parking lot entrance on Cobb Pkwy. NW.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 5/2 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11st St.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek Trail (east section)

Sunday 5/3 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 5/13 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

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

 

Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

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

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 5/16 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 

Parking: There is parking on 11th St. across Piedmont from the Community Center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Parking Garage is an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the Community Center across from the Prado; fee approx. $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11st St.