Looks like a nearly 100% chance of seeing red-cockaded woodpeckers on any of the days scheduled and we may have a strong chance to band red-cockaded woodpecker chicks on the 20th (a Saturday). The Henslow’s sparrows winter there so we will have to do a separate field trip to see those.
Bill suggests bringing rubber knee boots, bug spray, sunscreen, water, camera, and whatever food you want for the amount of time that you will be there. We may be able to pull up some sweetgum but it would be worthwhile to bring lopers and handsaws for those that we can’t pull up.
GPS location for parking lot at Warren Prairie NA: 33.579586, -91.986531
Those you who who attended the general meeting last Thursday evening may be awaiting the news of a field trip to Warren Prairie! For those of you who could not make it to the meeting, I’ll just say that Bill Holimon really sparked everyone’s interest in the work being done to reestablish the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Progress is being made and more work is being done.
According to Bill, the wildlife management area – Warren Prairie – is a great place for birding of other species as well. Folks come from far and wide to see the Henslow’s Sparrow, for example.
So if catching sight of red-cockaded woodpeckers or Henslow’s sparrow sounds like fun, you will want to join us. After birding watching, we will also spend some time helping the ANHC remove sweet gum saplings.
We are waiting until May for our organized trips in hopes of getting to see the woodpecker chicks getting banded. I am going to put 3 field trips on the calendar so that we have rain back up, as well as to provide both a weekend and a weekday trip.
May 20 (Saturday) with back-up date in case of bad weather of either May 24 or 26.
May 24 (Wednesday) with back-up date in case of bad weather of May 26 (Friday).
We always recommend carpooling when possible. The best carpool spot for this trip would be the park and ride lot at the intersection of I-530 and Hwy 338 (Dixon Rd). We could assemble there at 7:30 am. From there it is another 1.5 hours to Warren Prairie. Or you could meet us at the destination at 9 am.
You’ll want to bring your binoculars and gloves for pulling up the sweet gums. If we need other tools, I’ll let you know.
It might be fun to visit Star City for lunch after our adventure, but you will still want to bring your water and a snack. Sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen also appropriate!
Directions from the Park & Ride:
Take I-530 South
Take exit 43 toward US 63/63B (Warren)
In Rye, turn left onto AR 35 S and right at the Hwy 133 split
Continue on Hwy 133 to Wilmar where you turn right on Hwy 278W
In less than 4 miles, turn left onto Ben Loveless Rd/Gees Landing/Old Hwy 8
The destination is 2.1 miles ahead on the left.
(or you can map Warren Prairie Natural Area on your GPS!)
Sure hope you can join us! Bill Holimon will be there so we will have an expert guide!