Field Trips

 

Summer has arrived and breeding season is in full swing. Atlanta Audubon Society's field trips are a great way to learn more about our breeding resident and migrant birds. They are also a great way to meet other people who share your interest in birds. We have a number of field trips on the calendar, and we hope you can get out and learn more our summer resident birds from Atlanta Audubon's enthusiastic field trip leaders.

 

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

 

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

 

LIABILITY NOTICE: By signing up for a trip or attending a field trip sponsored by Atlanta Audubon, I acknowledge that these activities can be hazardous and that I could be injured. I agree that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume any risk of physical injury or damage to my property.

 

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 (Interstate North)

Saturday 8/27 7:30AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking mainly for migrant songbirds including, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, 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 4-5 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: Chattahoochee Nature Center

Saturday 8/27 8:00AM

Chattahoochee Nature Center (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916

Sponsored by Chattahoochee Nature Center and Atlanta Audubon Society

 

We will look for breeding residents of the river and forest including sparrows, woodpeckers, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waders, warblers, and flycatchers. We will walk the paved trail leading down to the river and then continue onto the boardwalk on the Chattahoochee River. The boardwalk can be slick if it has recently rained. Dogs are not permitted. Restrooms are available in the visitor's center.

 

Directions and Parking: From Georgia 400 north, exit on Northridge (exit #6) and bear to the right, back over the expressway. Immediately after crossing over 400, turn right onto Dunwoody Place. Follow Dunwoody Place until it intersects with Roswell Road (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Road. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right. Chattahoochee Nature Center is offering free admission to those attending the walk, and parking is free. The group will meet on the porch of the scheduling office.

 


Field Trip: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Interstate North)

Sunday 8/28 7:30AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Nathan Farnau

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.849.3843

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking mainly for migrant songbirds including, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, 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 4-5 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: Georgia International Horse Park

Friday 9/2 8:00AM

Georgia International Horse Park - Big Haynes Creek Nature Trail (Rockdale, Co.)

 

Leader: Will Pixler

Cell contact morning of walk: 630.917.5419

 

Birding Focus: We will be walking portions of the Big Haynes Creek Nature Trail, specifically a loop combining portions of the Red and Blue trails on this map: Georgia International Horse Park trails. The woods that the trails wind through allow for excellent opportunities during migration for warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, and other neotropical migrants. The wetlands along the Blue Trail are also a good place to look for early migrating waterfowl and lingering and wandering wading birds. Depending on how the walk goes we may check the horse park across the street for sparrows and blackbirds. This time of year it would possible to get >70 species during a walk. The expected duration of the walk is 3-4 hours and good walking shoes/boots are recommended. The trails will become muddy if it has been recently rained.

 

Directions and Parking: From Atlanta take I-20 east to Exit 82 (Hwy. 138). Turn left at the end of the ramp. Follow this road for 3.7 miles and turn RIGHT onto Centennial Olympic Pkwy. Drive 2.6 miles and turn left into a gravel parking area (the name of the road will change to Old Costley Mill Rd. before you get to the parking area). The lot is immediately across the road from the park's "Gate D". There is also sign here for the "Big Haynes Creek Nature Center". This is the meeting spot. Search "Big Haynes Nature Trail" in Google Maps or use these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.663340, -83.929543.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 9/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer residents and early fall migrants. 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: Constitution Lakes

Saturday 9/3 8:00AM

Constitution Lakes, (DeKalb County)

 

Co-sponsored by Friends of Constitution Lakes

 

Leaders: Joy Carter and Mary Kimberly

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404.822.0030 (Joy); 404.308.6279 (Mary)

 

Birding Focus: We'll look for summer residents and maybe some early fall migrants. The site consists of open water, wetlands, and woodlands. Herons and egrets are often seen here. The site is also very good for woodpeckers. The trail is either paved or dirt and mostly gentle terrain. Waterproof shoes or boots are recommended if it has recently rained. Insect repellent is recommended. There are no restrooms so be sure to prepare ahead of time.

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates for map or program your GPS: 33.68306, -84.34740. From I-20 take Exit 60 and go south on Moreland Ave. Drive 4.3 miles to intersection with S. River Industrial Blvd. SE and take a left turn. Take a slight right into the park, marked by a DeKalb County parks sign. The parking lot will be all the way at the end of this road. Meet in the gravel parking loop at the end of this driveway. Do not bring any valuables that you do not plan to carry with you.

 


Field Trip: The Confluence

Saturday 9/3 8:00AM

South Fork Conservancy (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the South Fork Conservancy and the Georgia Native Plant Society

 

Leader: Vinod Babu and Gus Kaufman (Atlanta Audubon); Leslie Edwards (Georgia Native Plant Society)

Cell contact morning of walk: 413.230.6276 (Vinod)

 

Birding Focus: The Confluence is a focal location for Atlanta Audubon's National Fish and Wildlife Federation 5 star grant focusing on creating bird-friendly habitat along our urban waterways. It is situated at the meeting of the North and South Forks of Peachtree Creek. Invasive plant removal, native plantings, and bird monitoring are all components of this project. This walk will be led by experts in both birds and native plants. The species we expect to see are late summer residents and some early fall migrants. The trail is bare ground, often muddy. The ground is flat and easy to walk on when not really muddy. The trail follows Peachtree Creek. Total distance is around 1.50 miles. This walk is good for families and beginning birders. Dogs would probably be fine at this site. No restrooms are available at this site.

 

Directions and parking: Parking is limited at this site; please consider carpooling if possible. From I-85 southbound, take Exit 88 and turn left on Cheshire Br. Rd. Go 0.4 mile and turn right on Lindburgh Dr. Go 0.3 mile and turn left on Armand Rd. Take Armand until it ends at the Cedar Chase Condos. The road has a circular turnaround at the end. Park on the turnaround or anywhere along Armand Rd. (Please do not park on Cedar Chase Condo property.) There is a large (8-10ft) wood marker near the turnaround and at the back end of the Cedar Chase Condos. It has a few color strips painted a the top of the wood. We will meet at this spot. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.814844, -84.359986.

 


Field Trip: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 9/9 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (DeKalb County)

 

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

Phone contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: The Vaughters' Farm Meadow Loop, Panola Mountain State Park's newest trail, is a 1.25-mile trail completed thanks to a generous grant from REI. We will look for woodland and grassland residents and migrants. Meadowlarks have been spotted along this trail, an uncommon find in DeKalb County. This easy, unpaved trail offers unbeatable views of the Vaughters' barn, rolling hills, and grassy meadows. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking : From I-20, take Exit 74, Evans Mill Rd. At the end of the exit ramp, head south on Evans Mill, which will become Woodrow Rd. after you go through a traffic light. Woodrow Rd. will dead-end into Klondike Rd. Turn right onto Klondike and travel less than 1/2 mile to the parking lot on your left, across from the Vaughters' historic barn. We will meet in the parking lot at the trailhead at 3366 Klondike Rd., Lithonia, GA. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6841894,-84.114098.

 

Bring $5 cash to cover the parking fee, which will be collected by a Panola Mountain State Park representative. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all state parks. If you have a library card to any Georgia public library, you can check out a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For full details go to: Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Interstate North)

Saturday 9/10 7:30AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Nathan Farnau

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.849.3843

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking mainly for migrant songbirds including, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, 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 4-5 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: Emma Wetlands

Saturday 9/10 8:00AM

Blue Heron Nature Preserve (Fulton County)

3994 Emma Ln NE

Atlanta, GA 30342

 

This walk is co-sponsored by Blue Heron Nature Preserve and the Georgia Native Plant Society

 

Leaders: Jason Ward (Atlanta Audubon), Steve and Rona Cook (Georgia Native Plant Society)

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770 (Jason)

 

Birding Focus: This walk will be led by both a bird expert and a native plant expert. We will look for summer resident birds and early fall migrants, including sparrows, warblers, thrushes, woodpeckers, and nuthatches. We will also learn about the native plants in the wetlands. We will cover approximately 1 mile; the walk will last 1.5 hours. The trail is primarily covered with wood chips with some areas of bare ground which could be muddy if it has recently rained. Bring binoculars if you have them; we will have a few pair on hand to borrow. This walk is good for families and beginning birders. Please don't bring your dog. There are no restrooms at Emma Wetlands.

 

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

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 9/10 9:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Tom Painting

Cell contact morning of walk: 585.465.0034

 

Birding Focus: Come discover migrating and resident birds in 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: Noonday Creek Trail (west section)

Sunday 9/11 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for migrants and permanent residents in wetland and woodland habitats. Likely species include Great Blue Heron, woodpeckers, thrushes, warblers, and vireos. Birders with any level of skill are welcome. The walk will be three plus 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.

 

Directions and Parking: 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. Meet at 1970 N Cobb Pkwy (KFC parking lot). Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 34.00125, -84.59163. Note that this location is NOT Noonday Creek Park!

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 9/14 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for resident and migrating birds such as warblers, flycatchers, 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: JJ Biello Park

Friday 9/16 8:00AM

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

610 Druw Cameron Drive, Woodstock, GA 30188

 

Leaders: Rich Hull

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.844.3448

 

Birding Focus: We will cover a variety of different habitats in order to try and find as many fall migrants possible, including vireos, flycatchers, and warblers. The walk will be approximately three 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. However, it would be highly advisable to bring boots since some trails have a tendency to flood after a heavy rain. Insect repellent may be a good idea since mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers exist at this location. Restrooms are available. Please do not bring a dog.

 

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. (Make sure you do not arrive at the West Entrance of J.J. Biello, which is located off of Highway 5.) 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: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Columns Drive)

Wednesday 9/21 8:00AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

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

 

Leaders: Chris Lambrecht and Bill Lotz

Cell contact morning of walk: 770.891.0955 (Chris)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking mainly for migrant songbirds including, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, 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 4-5 hours, but you may leave early at any time. Restrooms are available. Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear for walking on wet grass if desired; some areas may be muddy if it has recently rained. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog.

 

Directions and Parking: Going west on I-285, take Exit 24, turning right at Riverside Dr. Go 2.2 mi. to Johnson Ferry Rd. Go 0.2 mi. After crossing the river, turn left on Columns Dr. Drive 2.5 mi. to the parking lot. Meet at the trailhead. Going east on I-285, take Exit 24 and turn left on Riverside Dr. and continue with instructions above. There is a daily parking fee of $3 (or $25 annual pass). Bring cash for $3 fee. Alternatively, you can purchase the $25 annual pass with a credit card at the automated machine on site or online. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33° 55' 18.17" N, 84° 26' 20.84" W.

 


Field Trip: Frazier-Rowe Park

Thursday 9/22 8:00AM

Fraizer-Rowe Park (DeKalb County)

2886 LaVista Road

Atlanta, GA

 

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

 

Leaders: Stan Chapman and Ralph Smith

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.775.0650 (Stan)

 

Birding Focus: Come help Atlanta Audubon and Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park observe the first day of autumn! We will walk on a mulched trail around this small park in DeKalb County.There are some short inclines on the trail. We will watch and listen for fall migrants and resident woodland birds. Bring binoculars. There are no restrooms at this site.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-85, take Exit 91 and go south on Clairmont Rd. for 1.6 mi. and turn left onto LaVista Rd. Go 0.9 mi. The park will be on your left, on the east side of the parking lot at Vista Grove Shopping Center. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.824903, -84.289595.

 


Field Trip: Woodlands Garden and Decatur Cemetery

Friday 9/23 8:00AM

Woodlands Garden (DeKalb County)

932 Scott Boulevard, near Clairemont Road

Decatur Cemetery (DeKalb County)

229 Bell Street

Decatur

 

Leader: Ralph Smith

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.358.2166

 

Birding Focus: Woodlands Garden is a 7.1 acre urban forest near downtown Decatur, comprising mature deciduous and pine forest, plants and shrubs, with streamside and upland habitat, that is being actively managed to protect and promote native plant species. We will be looking for migrants and resident birds, including Pileated Woodpeckers and Red-shouldered Hawks. Sixty-five species have been recorded there in the past couple of years. New birders are welcome. The garden trails are covered with wood chips and are gradually sloped. No dogs are allowed. Restrooms are available at Woodlands Garden.

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Serenbe Farms

Saturday 9/24 8:00AM

Serenbe Farms (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Rob McDonough

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.754.8159

 

Birding Focus: We will follow the Waterfall Loop Trail through the community of Serenbe, a planned community focused on sustainable agriculture, the arts, and well-being located in south Fulton County. The Waterfall Loop Trail meanders through a mix of habitats, including pine and hardwood forests, open meadow, and shrub/scrub and includes a picturesque waterfall at the mid-point. Trails are mostly packed dirt and grass, but there are some uneven surfaces and potential mud depending on recent rain. Restrooms are available at the start/stop point. Total distance traveled for the full Waterfall Loop Trail is approximately 3.5 miles. Participants are requested to register in advance, but day-of registrations will be welcomed. A registration fee of $5 is required by Serenbe, which is used for trail maintenance. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to find parking and walk to the meeting location. Pre-register with Serenbe.

 

Directions and Parking: The walk will begin at the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakery at 9065 Selborne Lane, Palmetto, GA 30268. Meet inside the Blue Eyed Daisy. Free parking is available throughout the community in small lots and along the street. Please do not block private driveways. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.5252002,-84.737375.

 


Field Trip: Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

Sunday 9/25 8:00AM

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve (Fulton County)

2852 Cascade Rd SW

Atlanta, GA 30311

 

Leader: Adam Betuel

Cell contact morning of walk: 407.492.1139

 

Birding Focus: Cascade Springs offers 120 acres of under-birded woods in metro Atlanta. This walk will provide opportunities for many year round residents as well as fall migrants. We hope to locate woodpeckers, thrushes, warblers, vireos, and many more. We will walk through a forested habitat as well as along meandering creeks and up to a waterfall. The walk will primarily be on asphalt or packed dirt trails. Most of the trail is flat but there is a period of steep incline up a hill through woods filled with boulders. This walk will be great for beginners and more experienced birders alike. The park is dog-friendly (if leashed) though not recommended. The walk will be around 2 miles. No restrooms are available at this location. There is much is to be discovered at this location!

 

Directions and Parking: From I-285 on the west side, take Exit #7. Turn east and go 1.3 miles. The preserve will be on your right. Participants can meet the leader at the trail head in the parking lot. Ample free parking is available at the preserve. Coordinates for a map or your GPS are 33.719350, -84.480733.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 10/1 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer residents and early fall migrants. 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 10/1 8:30AM

Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Overlook Park. This fall walk will offer opportunities to see migrants and resident species. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. Or call 770.730.5600.

 

Directions and parking: From Roswell Rd. (GA Highway 9), go west on Morgan Falls Rd. for 1.2 miles to the parking lot. Meet in the parking lot for the park. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 33.97004, -84.37996

 


Field Trip: Atlanta History Center

Sunday 10/2 8:00AM

Atlanta History Center

 

Leader: Shannon Fair

Cell contact, morning of walk: 404.538.3312

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for fall migrants and resident birds such as warblers, woodpeckers, raptors, flycatchers, sparrows, finches, and other passerines. The grounds of the Atlanta History Center (AHC) are an interesting mix of natural and created landscapes. There are six different designated garden areas. Recently, the gardens have been collectively named the Olga C. de Goizueta Gardens. Two of the individual areas, the Swan House Gardens and the Smith Family Farm Gardens, are designed to complement the historic interpretation of the buildings they surround. The Swan House is a 1920s Italianate mansion; as such the landscape around it consists predominately of formal elements such as a walled boxwood garden and a cascading fountain. The Smith House, on the other hand, is an antebellum farmhouse of the "Plantation Plain" style. Accordingly, the surrounding landscape consists of a small flower yard, vegetable gardens, and an area for field crops. It is a particularly good place to see Eastern Bluebirds.

 

This bird walk is recommended for beginner birders and families with children over 10. Please note that no dogs or strollers are allowed. The walk will cover 2-3 miles of mild hiking terrain. Hiking shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen, and water are recommended; bring binoculars.

 

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

 

From I-75 S, take Exit 255 (West Paces Ferry Rd.). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto West Paces Ferry Rd. Go approximately 2.7 miles. The AHC will be on your right.

 

From I-75 N or downtown, take the West Paces Ferry Rd (Exit 255). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Northside Pkwy. At the next light, turn right onto West Paces Ferry Rd. Go approximately 2.7 miles. The AHC will be on your right.

 

From I-85 S, take Exit 88 (Cheshire Bridge/Lenox Rd.). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Lenox Rd. Go approximately 1.9 miles until Lenox intersects with Peachtree Rd. (landmark: Lenox Square Mall). Turn left onto Peachtree Rd. Go approximately 2 miles. At the intersection of Peachtree, Roswell and West Paces Ferry Rds., turn right onto West Paces Ferry Rd. Go through two traffic lights. The AHC will be on your left.

 

Please park in the deck. We will meet at the entrance to McElreath Hall. This is the building housing the Cherokee Garden Library and the Kenan Research Center; it is located south of the parking deck.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek Trail (east section)

Sunday 10/2 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 of lingering migrants 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.

 

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. Note that this location is NOT Noonday Creek Park!

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 10/12 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

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

 

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

33.601464, -84.346874

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain State Park

Friday 10/14 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes

Cell contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer resident birds of wetlands & forest, including sparrows, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking (33.6320, -84.1466): From I-20 East take Exit 68 for Wesley Chapel Rd. toward Snapfinger Rd. Turn right onto Wesley Chapel Rd. Go 0.3 miles and turn left onto Snapfinger Rd. Continue on Snapfinger Rd. (which becomes GA-155 S.) for seven miles, then turn left onto Alexander Lake Rd. SW. Drive 1.9 miles and then turn right onto Flat Bridge Rd. SW. The entrance to the parking lot will be on your left, about 50 feet after turning right. Meet at the Alexander Lake Parking area. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6320, -84.1466.

 

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

 


Field Trip: Serenbe Farms

Saturday 10/15 8:00AM

Serenbe Farms (Fulton County)

 

Leader: TBD

Cell contact morning of walk:

 

Birding Focus: We will follow the Waterfall Loop Trail through the community of Serenbe, a planned community focused on sustainable agriculture, the arts, and well-being located in south Fulton County. The Waterfall Loop Trail meanders through a mix of habitats, including pine and hardwood forests, open meadow, and shrub/scrub and includes a picturesque waterfall at the mid-point. Trails are mostly packed dirt and grass, but there are some uneven surfaces and potential mud depending on recent rain. Restrooms are available at the start/stop point. Total distance traveled for the full Waterfall Loop Trail is approximately 3 miles. Participants are requested to register in advance, but day-of registrations will be welcomed. A small registration fee is required, which is used for trail maintenance and includes a light snack prior to the walk. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to find parking and walk to the meeting location. Pre-register with Serenbe.

 

Directions and Parking: The walk will begin at the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakery at 9065 Selborne Lane, Palmetto, GA 30268. Meet inside the Blue Eyed Daisy. Free parking is available throughout the community in small lots and along the street. Please do not block private driveways. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.5252002,-84.737375.

 


Field Trip: Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Saturday 10/15 9:15AM

Blue Heron Nature Preserve (Fulton County)

4055 Roswell Rd.

Atlanta, GA 30342

 

Leader: Adam Betuel and Shannon Fair

Cell contact morning of walk: 407.492.1139 (Adam)

 

Birding Focus: Atlanta Audubon and Blue Heron Nature Preserve will be hosting a joint Open House on Saturday, October 15, from 9am-12pm. If you've stopped by the office this summer, you may have noticed artist Tim Hunter working on a conservation mural on the stone wall near the entrance. The mural features silhouettes of bird and plant species that are threatened in Georgia due to climate change and other threats. Blue Heron Nature Preserve will be officially "unveiling" the mural at 11am during the Open House. There will also be a children's nature craft, a photography exhibit, and an artists' market.

 

We will offer a guided bird walk from 9:15 until about 10:15am. This is an excellent field trip for beginning birders. Families are welcomed. Binoculars will be available on site to borrow.

 

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

 


Field Trip: Lost Corner Preserve

Saturday 10/22 8:30AM

Lost Corner Preserve (Fulton County)

7300 Brandon Mill Rd. NW

Sandy Springs, GA

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916 (Roseanne)

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Lost Corner Preserve. This walk will focus on learning the 10 most common birds in Atlanta. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. Restrooms are available. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. You may also register by calling 770.730.5600.

 

Directions and parking: From GA-400, take Exit 5B and go west on Abernethy Rd. for 1.9 miles. Turn right on Brandon Mill Rd. NW and go 1.4 miles. The entrance will be on your left and is at 7300 Brandon Mill Rd. NW. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 33.9540715,-84.386592.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 11/5 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer residents and early fall migrants. 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 11/9 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

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

 

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

33.601464, -84.346874

 


Field Trip: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 11/11 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (DeKalb County)

 

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

Phone contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: The Vaughters' Farm Meadow Loop, Panola Mountain State Park's newest trail, is a 1.25-mile trail completed thanks to a generous grant from REI. We will look for woodland and grassland residents and migrants. Meadowlarks have been spotted along this trail, an uncommon find in DeKalb County. This easy, unpaved trail offers unbeatable views of the Vaughters' barn, rolling hills, and grassy meadows. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking : From I-20, take Exit 74, Evans Mill Rd. At the end of the exit ramp, head south on Evans Mill, which will become Woodrow Rd. after you go through a traffic light. Woodrow Rd. will dead-end into Klondike Rd. Turn right onto Klondike and travel less than 1/2 mile to the parking lot on your left, across from the Vaughters' historic barn. We will meet in the parking lot at the trailhead at 3366 Klondike Rd., Lithonia, GA. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6841894,-84.114098.

 

Bring $5 cash to cover the parking fee, which will be collected by a Panola Mountain State Park representative. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all state parks. If you have a library card to any Georgia public library, you can check out a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For full details go to: Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 12/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer residents and early fall migrants. 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: Panola Mountain State Park

Friday 12/9 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes

Cell contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer resident birds of wetlands & forest, including sparrows, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking (33.6320, -84.1466): From I-20 East take Exit 68 for Wesley Chapel Rd. toward Snapfinger Rd. Turn right onto Wesley Chapel Rd. Go 0.3 miles and turn left onto Snapfinger Rd. Continue on Snapfinger Rd. (which becomes GA-155 S.) for seven miles, then turn left onto Alexander Lake Rd. SW. Drive 1.9 miles and then turn right onto Flat Bridge Rd. SW. The entrance to the parking lot will be on your left, about 50 feet after turning right. Meet at the Alexander Lake Parking area. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6320, -84.1466.

 

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

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 12/14 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for resident and migrating birds such as warblers, flycatchers, 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