The Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society is a registered non-profit organization serving the four-county region of northwest Arkansas -- Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties, committed to Preserving the Natural World in Northwest Arkansas through Education, Environmental Study and Habitat Protection.

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Upcoming Field Trips & Events

All field trips are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a member of NWAAS to attend. Questions? Email

Sunday June 4, 2023 – Cerulean Warblers at Cave Mountain

The Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society will host a field trip to Cave Mountain and the upper Buffalo River in Newton County Sunday, June 4 at 9:00 AM. Birding and botanizing go hand-in-hand on this field trip, but our most sought-after prize will be the fabulous Cerulean Warbler that breeds on these slopes. Other local specialties include Hooded Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, and Wood Thrush. We'll meet at 9:00 AM at the Boxley Bridge (GPS: 35.961136, -93.404506) where Cave Mountain Rd. (Co Rd 5) splits off of HWY 21. We will make our way up Cave Mountain, then head north on HWY 21 towards Ponca ending around noon. The trip will consist mostly of driving to different stops with modest walking and no extensive hiking. All ages and experience levels are welcome.
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Saturday June 10, 2023 – Intro to Betty Hinshaw Bird Sanctuary

The Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society and the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust will co-lead a field trip to Betty Hinshaw Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 9:00 AM. Birders will have the opportunity to explore this newly protected sanctuary of 25 acres along Wildcat Creek, guided by an NWA Land Trust representative who will share management plans to support grassland birds. We hope this trip will serve as an introduction to birders interested in this new sanctuary and encourage more regular visits in the future. The trip will consist of ~1 mile of hiking around a former farm pasture with flat but uneven ground. We'll plan for two hours but participants may come and go as they please. Sturdy shoes, sun protection, insect repellent, and water are encouraged. The Sanctuary is located at 2150 County Rd 84, Springdale AR. The driveway to access the sanctuary has a large white cow statue at its entrance. Follow the driveway around the lake, then fork to the right down towards the open field (do not proceed up the hill, this is a private residence). Parking should be available in the field (GPS: 36.144923, -94.236811) and overflow parking is available in the church parking lot across from the driveway entrance.
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Field trips for July, August, and September will be posted in June.

Past Field Trips

A man using his hands to illustrate the spiral flight display of a woodcock as three participants watch.
Dr. David Krementz explaining American Woodcock flight display at start of a field trip on February 22, 2020