Description

The Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society and Devil's Den State Park will host a Great Backyard Bird Count field trip on Saturday, February 17, 2024, starting at 9:00 AM. The Den includes Lee Creek Valley in the Boston Mountains near Winslow. This is an easy guided bird walk open to everyone. Much of this is on paved surfaces (for example, a 0.6-mile walk through campground A). There is no need to pre-register. The trip is free and open to the public. You do not have to be a member of NWAAS to attend.

Enjoy birding in the beautiful Boston Mountains. Plus, join your fellow citizen scientists. Data gathered during this field trip about occurrence of birds at the Den will be entered into the national database for GBBC and will help Arkansas parks keep track of the contributions they are making to environmental quality.

Meet in the parking area at the lower Devil's Den Trailhead on the south side of Lee Creek bridge on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM (coordinates: 35.781349, -94.249876). The walk generally lasts a couple of hours. We often see a bunch of birds. Depending upon how the day goes, we may continue to other areas of the park. As on all NWAAS field trips, please feel free to come and go as suits you. More info about birding at Devil’s Den can be found on the NWAAS website Places to Bird page.

Directions

From Fayetteville, head south on I-49, then take exit 53 for AR-170 toward West Fork. Stay on 179 for 16 miles and follow signs to Devil’s Den State Park. Once you reach the park, continue across the bridge over Lee Creek, then park at the trailhead immediately south of the bridge (coordinates: 35.781349, -94.249876). For restrooms or general park information, continue along 170 just around the corner to the visitor center.

Inclement weather plan

When the weather is bad for humans, it’s usually bad for birds too. We’ll cancel the trip at least 12 hours in advance if the weather is forecasted to be dangerous or unsuitable for birding. Field trip cancellations will be emailed to the NWAAS field trip list (email [email protected] to be added to this list). We’ll also try to post wherever else we can in a timely manner (Facebook, etc.)

Contact

Contact info for questions about the trip.

About our field trips

All Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society field trips are free and open to the public. We always welcome new members, but membership in NWAAS is not required for participation. We try to make our field trips accessible to everyone, all ages, abilities, interests. Beginning birders are always welcome. We have field trips on Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate different schedules. We try to arrange carpools where possible.

For maps and more information about these places, check the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society web site http://www.nwarkaudubon.org/ and the section “Places to bird in northwest Arkansas” (under Menu on upper left side of the home page).

If you are interested in being added to the NWAAS email list for updates on field trips and other society events, please send a message to: [email protected]. Some of the information on the trips below can change, so additional details & updates about trips are sent via the email prior to the announced date -- check the NWAAS Facebook page for the latest.

SAFETY FIRST, ALWAYS! Our field trips are open to everyone. We try to warn about any special dangers that might be encountered, but neither NWAAS nor individual field trip leaders assume responsibility for personal safety. If you have special needs, or special concerns, please ask the field trip leader before the trip starts. We do not knowingly place anyone in danger on any field trip. We count on those who attend to keep trips safe for everyone.