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Two Loon Tours Scheduled by Hobbs State Park and the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society

24 Oct 2017 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

It’s a first.  Hobbs State Park offers eagle watch cruises, sunset cruises, and special dinner cruises, but this is the first time that the Park will team up with the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society for two November loon cruises.

Each cruise will be led by Joe Neal, Joan Reynolds, and Rick Jones.  Neal is author of articles and books on birds, including being coauthor (with Doug James) of Arkansas Birds.

Reynolds has served as past president of the NW Arkansas Audubon Society.  She also serves as a volunteer and an interpretive naturalist for Hobbs State Park.  Her area of expertise spills over into Arkansas wildflowers.

Jones has been an avid birder and conservationist for over fifty years.  He is currently a volunteer interpretive naturalist for Devil's Den and Hobbs State Park Conservation Area.  He is a Cornell Lab of Ornithology certified bluebird nest box monitor with an established nest box trail at the Botanic Garden of the Ozarks.  With these three expert guides, the “deck is stacked” for a good time.

During November 4th and the 18th, the waterfowl migration will be in full swing.  According to Joe Neal, “I expect there will be MANY bird species to see and identify.  Besides Common Loons, we could also see Red-throated Loons.  I expect we will see both Pied-billed and Horned Grebes.  Western and Eared Grebes are also possible.  These trips fall right in the middle of waterfowl migration, and I expect we will see 10 or more species of ducks. We may see 1-3 gull species.  Bald Eagles should be visible, too.  We will explore a loop that starts at Rocky Branch, goes down the lake towards Twin Cove, crosses to Lost Bridge-Glade and a little further west, then finish the loop back to Rocky Branch.”

When:  Saturday, November 4 and Saturday, November 18 
10:00 a.m. until Noon
Where:  Rocky Branch Marina
Cost:  $10 + tax - adults (13 yrs. and up) These are adult-only  tours.                

Reservations necessary.  For more information and to make reservations call:  479-789-5000

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