Field Trips

 

Our wintering resident birds have arrived, and Atlanta Audubon field trips are a great way to learn more about our breeding residents and migrating birds. They are also a great way to meet other people who share your interest in birds.  We have a number of field trips on the calendar for the spring, and we hope you can get out and learn more Georgia's resident and migratory 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 Teresa Lyle, 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 1/6 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday 1/6 9:00AM

Field Trip: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (Alabama)

Saturday 1/6/18 9:00AM

Leader: Bob Orenstein

Cell contact: 770-329-0116

Birding Focus: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge hosts impressive numbers of Sandhill Cranes and waterfowl from December to February, with peak numbers in early January. The highlight of a visit at this time is the flock of up to 25 Whooping Cranes, which may be comfortably observed from a heated building. Other birds we may see are American White Pelican and Bald Eagle.

 

Additional information is available at:

 

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Wheeler/about.html

https://alabamabirdingtrails.com/sites/wheeler-national-wildlife-refuge-visitor-center/

http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2016/12/whooping_cranes_return_to_whee.html

http://operationmigration.org/the-whooping-crane.asp

 

Parking: The refuge is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily, and entrance is free. Parking is available at the refuge Visitor Center. See Directions below.

Directions: The refuge is located on Alabama Highway 67, approx. 2 miles east of Decatur. From the intersection of Highway 67 and I-65, take Highway 67 and travel 2.8 miles west to the Visitor Center on the left. Take the path at the right of the Visitor Center to reach the Observation Building. GPS: N 34.5480, W 86.9505

 

Accommodations are available in Decatur and Huntsville. Other sites may be visited depending on local information and weather conditions.

 

Please contact Bob at rmorenstein1960@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Additional information will be provided several weeks prior to the trip.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County) - West End

Sunday 1/7 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 wintering and permanent residents in wetland and woodland habitats. Likely species include Great Blue Heron, woodpeckers, and thrushes. 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.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 1/10 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, 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

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Murphey Candler Park (Dekalb County)

Thursday 1/18 8:30AM

Murphey Candler Park (DeKalb County)

 

Co-sponsored by Murphy Candler Park Conservancy

 

Leader: Mary Kimberly

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.308.6279

 

Birding Focus: Three main habitats (lake, wetlands, mixed woods) provide good species diversity. We will look for winter 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. 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. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.909397, -84.322476.

 

 


Field Trip: Huie Ponds of the CCWA and Newman Wetlands Center (Clayton County)

Saturday 1/20 8:30AM

Huie Ponds of the CCWA and Newman Wetlands Center (Clayton County)

 

Leaders: Jeff Sewell and Carol Lambert

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.758.4551

 

Birding Focus: We will look for resident and wintering waterfowl, raptors, and woodland birds. Please meet at the Newman Wetlands Center parking lot at 8 am, and then we will carpool to the (freshwater) Huie ponds of the CCWA where we will drive around the cells, stopping to view the birds we find. Songbirds are usually present in the surrounding vegetation. Please bring binoculars. A spotting scope would be helpful, if you have one. Children 9 years and up are welcome if they are really interested in birds. Restrooms are available at the wetlands center.

 

Directions and parking: Visit www.ccwa.us/driving-directions for more detailed directions. Coming from the South: Take I-75 N to Exit 221. Turn left onto Jonesboro Rd. Go 6.3 miles then turn right onto Freeman Rd. Go 1.3 miles to the Newman Wetlands Center on your left.

 

Coming from the North: Take I-75 S to Exit 235. Go south on Tara Blvd. for 8 miles, then turn left onto Freeman Rd. Travel 2.5 miles to Newman Wetlands Center on your right.

 

Meet at the Newman Wetlands Center parking lot at 2755 Freeman Rd., Hampton, GA 30228. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.471926, -84.305015.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 2/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 2/14 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 birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, 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

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 3/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 3/14 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 birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, 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

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 4/7 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

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

 

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

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 4/11 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, 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

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Saturday 4/21 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Co-sponsored by the National Park Service

 

Leader: TBA

Cell contact morning of walk:

 

Birding Focus: Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant hotspot in the southeast. We'll be looking for migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Walk is about 2.5 miles total. Bring water and snacks. Restrooms are available in the Visitor Center; restrooms are open beginning at 7:30 am. All levels are welcome. There is a free bird checklist specifically for the park available upon request in the Visitor Center. For more information, please call 770-427-4686 x0 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

 

Directions and parking: From I-75, take Exit 269 (Barrett Pkwy.). Turn west onto Barrett Pkwy. Drive 2 miles, then turn left at the stoplight onto Old Hwy. 41. Parking Lot #2 will be on your right along Old Hwy. 41 (after one mile). To reach the meeting place parking lot, continue on Old Hwy. 41 for 1,000 feet to the Stilesboro Rd. stoplight. Turn right onto Stilesboro Rd. and in 350 ft. turn left into the Visitor Center parking lot, where the group will meet. Parking is at a premium at this site. Please consider carpooling if at all possible. Also, if you are able, please consider parking in Parking Lot #2 and walking the 0.4-mile trail to the Visitor Center. GPS of Visitor Center lot: N 33 59.037 W 84 34.703. GPS of parking lot #2: N 33 59.127 W 84 34.852.

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Saturday 4/28 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Co-sponsored by the National Park Service

 

Leader: TBA

Cell contact morning of walk:

 

Birding Focus: Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant hotspot in the southeast. We'll be looking for migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Walk is about 2.5 miles total. Bring water and snacks. Restrooms are available in the Visitor Center; restrooms are open beginning at 7:30 am. All levels are welcome. There is a free bird checklist specifically for the park available upon request in the Visitor Center. For more information, please call 770-427-4686 x0 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

 

Directions and parking: From I-75, take Exit 269 (Barrett Pkwy.). Turn west onto Barrett Pkwy. Drive 2 miles, then turn left at the stoplight onto Old Hwy. 41. Parking Lot #2 will be on your right along Old Hwy. 41 (after one mile). To reach the meeting place parking lot, continue on Old Hwy. 41 for 1,000 feet to the Stilesboro Rd. stoplight. Turn right onto Stilesboro Rd. and in 350 ft. turn left into the Visitor Center parking lot, where the group will meet. Parking is at a premium at this site. Please consider carpooling if at all possible. Also, if you are able, please consider parking in Parking Lot #2 and walking the 0.4-mile trail to the Visitor Center. GPS of Visitor Center lot: N 33 59.037 W 84 34.703. GPS of parking lot #2: N 33 59.127 W 84 34.852.