Birdwatching tours around Arkansas with a local Birdingpal guide
If you are you an independent birdwatcher, who does not care for large group tours, then Birdingpaltours is for you
Our tours are flexible, safe and the use of a local guide lets you participate in the planning
A local guide knows all the hotspots and you get the most out of your trip
You select the date and length for a trip to suit yourself
If your time is limited, we’ll design a tour to fit your needs
A professional Birdingpal guide can customize your tour, and you will see the birds you want.
Your guide is also your travel companion, who will make sure you experience the native people, scenery, culture, history and food, first hand.
You will enjoy the advantage of all the attention you get in a small group, for the same price or perhaps even less, than you will pay if you travel with the large tour groups from other countries
Remember, the next time you travel, you do not have to miss going birdwatching if your partner or travel companions are non birders; a local guide is flexible, and will easily accommodate other needs too
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Birding Arkansas with Allen Mueller
What birder has not heard of the iconic Ivory-billed Woodpecker and imagined him or herself coming across one on a trip in Eastern Arkansas where this species has been seen in recent years. Allen, who for four years led efforts to find the Ivory-billed in Arkansas, offers you a day in the field in the Sheffield Nelson/Dagmar Wildlife Management Area and the Mike Freeze/Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area, two large wilderness tracts in the bird’s original range. You won’t see one but what a thrill to think it could be possible if only............. and while you are looking lots of other species will show up for your day’s list.
Allen offers two guided birding trips in Arkansas.
1. PINE SPECIALISTS
Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman’s Sparrow, Bell’s Vireo, Red-cockaded Woodpecker We will travel to three public sites focusing on three pine specialists and a scrub/shrub species. Beaverfork Lake, in the city of Conway, supports Brown-headed Nuthatches in the pines by the lake year round. During the winter, the lake is a prime site for waterfowl such as Common Loon, Greater Scaup, Cackling Goose, Horned Grebe, Common Goldeneye, and others with the occasional rarity like White-winged Scoter.
In the spring, Camp Robinson Special Use Area, just outside Conway, welcomes singing Bachman’s Sparrows and Bell’s Vireo, and a wide variety of transient warblers, vireos, and flycatchers.
The only population of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley lives at the Pine City Natural Area in eastern Arkansas. This remnant pine stand supports several breeding clans of this pine specialist with an interesting life style that makes it a keystone species in the declining open, southern pine habitat type.
COST: $300/day including transportation, no meals.
2 - IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER AND WINTER WATERFOWL
First, we will NOT see an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, but we will visit Mike Freeze/Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area and Sheffield Nelson/Dagmar Wildlife Management Area in eastern Arkansas, where this iconic species has been found in recent years, and if you don’t go out looking, your chances of running into the IBWO are zero. We will walk several miles on and off trails through bottomland hardwood forest, which can be remarkably buggy in the hot summer, making fall to early spring the prime time.
During this prime time, the fields and lakes of the “Delta” are full of wintering waterfowl. We will find large goose flocks, thousands of birds, of five species – Greater White-fronted, Canada, Cackling, Snow, and Ross’s, with many species of ducks and grebes rounding out the day.
$300/day including transportation and bug spray, but no meals.
Allan Mueller, your local Birdingpal guide
I am a lifelong birder and a wildlife biologist retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy. For four years, I was a leader in the Arkansas search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and served as president of the Arkansas Audubon Society and the Mississippi Ornithological Society, and on the species recovery teams for the Bald Eagle and the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
Birding with Allan Mueller: Allan has birded extensively in Arkansas and is very familiar with the state’s birding hot spots. I’ve had the pleasure of birding with him on many occasions. He is extremely knowledgeable. I always finish our trips with a new insight and a better appreciation of the birds we’ve seen. Allan has a keen ear and a sharp eye and effortlessly identifies the birds and their vocalizations. If you have a target species, he works hard to find it. Allan is competent, thorough, patient, and committed. I highly recommend using him as a guide.
Guide books and CD’s recommended:
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America 6th Edition
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, 2003
Birds of North America CD-Rom Cornell. EDU.