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Winter is a great time to get outdoors because the leaves are off the trees and you can see the landscape in a completely different way. This mild weather we’re experiencing for this time of year makes it all the more appealing. Add a field trip with the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society to the mix and you’ve got a perfect weekend. You can do that this Saturday, Jan. 21 in northwest Arkansas with bird expert Joe Neal.
At 9 a.m., the Audubon Society members and the general public will meet at the Rocky Branch Marina parking area. Neal will lead the group to different areas for bird watching. He has studied birds for 27 years. He co-authored “Arkansas Birds” (University of Arkansas Press, 1986), and currently serves as curator of bird records for the Arkansas Audubon Society. His most recent book is, Birds in Northwestern Arkansas, An Ecological Perspective. (Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society, June 2009)
At 2 p.m., Neal will present a program about winter birds on Beaver Lake at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Visitor Center, located on Ark. 12.
Note that the 9 a.m. bird watch is different from the eagle watch tour the park is offering on the same day. The eagle watch tour is by boat, reservations are required, and it is not free.
Call 479-789-5000 for more information on any of these events.