Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society will host a field trip to Logan Springs Preserve near Siloam Springs on Sunday, September 24th, 2023 at 8:00 AM. This relatively new preserve, maintained by The Nature Conservancy, is a former fish hatchery in the bottomlands alongside Osage Creek that receives outflow from a huge spring at the adjoining Logan Cave National Wildlife Refuge. TNC staffer Mike Slay will serve as our guide, highlighting the preserve’s unique offerings and how to bird it, as well as sharing some of the current management projects. Mike is the Ozark Karst Program Director for TNC, but also an avid birder and the driving force behind the creation of this preserve, so he knows it well! As for the birding, we should have plenty of lingering summer breeders and well as fall migrants beginning to move through this mostly forested walk. Meet in the preserve parking lot (GPS: 36.1963654, -94.3896068) at 8:00 AM. Expect to walk 1-2 miles for ~2 hours on fairly level grass and dirt trails. Sturdy hiking shoes, water, sun protection, and insect repellant are recommended. There are no restrooms. The trip is free and open to the public. You do not have to be a member of NWAAS to attend.
From Fayetteville: Follow 1-49 N to exit 72 for US-412. Head west on US-412 for 10.2 miles. Turn right on Robinson Rd to Old Hwy 68. Follow Old Hwy 68 2 miles then turn right onto Logan Rd. Follow Logan Rd. north for 1.5 miles then turn left on Osage Hill Rd. Soon after turning onto Osage Hill Rd., you’ll see the driveway to Logan Springs Preserve on the left. Follow the driveway down the hill to the parking area where we’ll meet. GPS: 36.1963654, -94.3896068
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@example.com to be added to this list). We’ll also try to post wherever else we can in a timely manner (Facebook, etc.)
Contact info for questions about the trip.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.