Audubon Society to convene at Petit Jean State Park

MORRILTON, Ar (AGFC) - The Arkansas Audubon Society will hold its annual spring convention at Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton on Friday through Sunday, April 24-26.

Friday registration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. and the evening meals and programs will be at Show Barn Hall at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

Participants will meet at Mather Lodge to take part in field trips Friday afternoon. All field trips will be led by experienced birders. The trips are:

(1) Bona Dea Trail (Russellville), paved and easy walking.

(2) Petit Jean Wildlife Management Area (Pontoon), forested bottomland.

(3) Petit Jean Birds - search for birds in the park on trails adjacent to the lodge.

Dr. Dan Scheiman of Audubon Arkansas at Little Rock will speak following dinner Friday at 7:30 pm. He will speak on Bird Listing, Reporting Rarities and Using eBird: Importance of Citizen Science."

Eight field trips are scheduled for Saturday:

(1)  Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, mostly open-country birding.

(2)  Sweeden Island Park and Galla Creek WMA (Pottsville), search canebrake at Sweeden Island for Swainson's Warblers.

(3)  Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA (Blackwell), search wetlands and riparian habitat for migrant birds.

(4)  Harris Brake WMA (Perryville), extensive walking (bring hiking footgear and water) to search for Swainson's Warblers.

(5)  Cedar Falls Trail, downhill from Mather Lodge to Cedar Creek below the falls. Mostly in the woods. Wear footgear appropriate for hiking and carry water.

(6)  Stout's Point, scenic point on the east end of Petit Jean Mountain overlooking the Arkansas River. Opportunity to see treetop birds below eye level. Wear footgear appropriate for hiking and carry water.

(7)  Petit Jean River WMA (Pontoon), forested bottomland..

(8)  Magazine Mountain (Havana and Paris), search for Scarlet Tanager, Ovenbirds and Rufous-crowned Sparrows.

Speaker for the Saturday evening dinner meeting will be graduate student Maureen McClung of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her topic will be "New Zealand Birds: Yesterday and Today."

Convention registration is $20 per person with evening meals an additional charge.

The Arkansas Audubon Society is open to any interested person. A downloadable brochure about the Society and a Convention registration form is available at  For annual dues information contact Terry Butler, P.O. Box 313, Pangburn, AR 72121.

If you have questions or comments about the convention, contact Jason Luscier at

AAS conferences provide excellent opportunities to meet other birdwatchers and to learn about bird-related issues currently occurring around the state. The spring migration will likely peak during the conference, making the field trips an excellent opportunity to see lots of neo-tropical migrants passing through Arkansas