Birders Flock to Lake DeGray for Convention

Experience the delights of Fall Birding at the 2015 Arkansas Audubon Society (AAS) Fall convention, which will meet Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15 at the DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge. The convention will feature birding field trips and special presentations. Additionally, participants will enjoy a silent auction, door prizes, and opportunities to network with other wildlife enthusiasts. Friday registration lasts from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Caddo/Quachita Room.

Field trip participants will enjoy seeing great numbers of waterfowl, hawks, eagles, loons, gulls, pelicans, sparrows, shorebirds along with woodland birds.

Friday afternoon’s field trips will include A DeGray Lake Eagle Cruise and a walk along the Lower Lake trails. Saturday field trips include another Eagle Cruise, Andrew H. Hulsey State Fish Hatchery, upper and lower lake areas and The Arkadelphia Oxidation Ponds and Arkadelphia Bottoms. Sunday field trips will depend on interest and reports from Saturday’s trips.

Friday evening Guest Speakers Allison Surf & Dr. Renn Tumlison of Henderson State University will present “Studies in Biology and Mercury Contamination in Arkansas River Otters”.

Saturday evening’s highlight is “Hemishperically” with Guest Speaker Kim Brand of Audubon North Carolina.

Also Saturday Afternoon Workshops will be offered including “Bird Friendly Communities of North Carolina” by Kim Brand, “Energy and Climate Change Efforts in Arkansas” By Gary Moody and “Buffalo National River Crisis Update” by Jack Stewart.

Convention registration is $15 per person if registered by October 23; after that, it is $20 per person. To reserve a room at the DeGray State Park Lodge, call (501) 865-5850 and indicate you are part of the Audubon conference. Camping is also available in the park & additional lodging and camping is available nearby in Arkadelphia. The convention is open to non-members. Children under 16 are free. Meals are an additional charge. A downloadable brochure about the society, convention registration form, and complete meeting agenda are available at

If you have questions about the convention, please contact Karen Holliday at

The biannual AAS conventions are excellent opportunities to watch birds, meet other birders, conservationist and wildlife enthusiasts, learn, and have fun. Find us on Facebook at

The Arkansas Audubon Society, a nonprofit all-volunteer organization founded in 1955, aims to foster a greater knowledge of Arkansas’s natural history through observation, investigation, education and publication; and to be a potent force in the conservation of all of the state’s natural resources.