Lots of options for birds, biking, hiking, volunteering outdoors

Pull plants in Logan Springs

The Ozark Society’s section of Sugar Creek partners with the Nature Conservancy at Logan Springs Preserve in Benton County for a day of work, picnics, and hikes starting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Removal of the weed will be followed by lunch in a spring, lake or pond. Volunteers should bring lunch, water and work gloves.

There will be car pooling at 9 a.m. across from the Illinois River Basin Partnership building in downtown Cave Springs. Or volunteers can meet at the nature reserve located at 15300 Osage Hill Road near Siloam Springs.

See birds at Shores Lake

The Audubon Society of Northwest Arkansas will host a field trip to Shores Lake in the Ozark National Forest at 9 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the entrance to the Shores Lake picnic area on the west side of the lake.

This area has habitat for mature short-leaf pines which are the best places in the area to find brown-headed nuthatch. Birders will also keep an eye out for red crosses, which have been sighted in this area. An optional afternoon trip is to the Frog Bayou Wildlife Management area near Alma.

Anyone interested in birds is welcome. Audubon membership is not required to attend. For information contact Taylor Long, [email protected] or (479) 530-9084.

Experts talk about fishing

A free program fishing for black bass, crappie, walleye and striped bass in Beaver Lake is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area visitor center east of Rogers.

Four accomplished Beaver Lake anglers will give short presentations on their particular species, then a one-hour program will be open to questions from the audience. Payton and Tiffany Usrey of Springdale will provide tips for catching crappie. Nick Frakes, leading bass tournament angler, will talk black bass fishing. Jon Conklin, owner of the Fish On Guide Service, will provide tips on catching walleye and striped bass.

Hikers do the Berryville loop trip

The Hill ‘N Dale hiking club will hike March 21 near Berryville on the Pension Mountain Loop trail, which includes a visit to Johnson Spring. This is a 4.3 mile loop hike with a steep incline at the end.

Interested hikers can contact Bev Munstermann, Trail Boss, at (479) 721-2193 or [email protected] For more information visit bvhikingclub.com.

Walked through Fayetteville

Ozark Hill Hikers, affiliated with the American Volkssport Association, are inviting all hikers to take a walk March 22 in Fayetteville. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Walgreens, 2964 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fayetteville. There is a short walk to the start of the Cato Springs Trail where participants can choose to walk 5 or 10 kilometers. This walk follows scenic trails within the Kessler Mountain Regional Park.

The membership fee for Ozark Hill Hikers is $12 per year prorated to $1 for each remaining month of the calendar year. For more information, email [email protected] or call (479) 381-9366.

Blanchard Springs Cave opens

Blanchard Springs Cave located in the Ozark National Forest near Mountain View is open for the season. This is the year of the cave’s 50th anniversary.

The half-mile Dripstone Tour opens and the more strenuous 1.2-mile Discovery Tour opens Memorial Day weekend.

Visit https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/233266 to buy tickets or more information.

Volunteer at Hobbs

The Hobbs State Park Conservation Area will be holding a volunteers’ retreat at 9:00 a.m. on April 8. Potential volunteers can learn about volunteering opportunities at the park and meet staff and other volunteers. A new park volunteer guide will be available for review.

Register for the event by contacting Avery Blair, volunteer coordinator, [email protected] or calling (479) 789-5009.

A century of state parks

Hobbs State Park Conservation Area will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Arkansas State Park with activities from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 15.

Line maintenance will be carried out from 8 to 11 a.m. with lunch being served to the volunteers. The Birds and Breakfast program about birds will run from 9 to 11 am with free breakfast items provided. Exhibition and craft making for children will run from 9am to 3pm

Nature music performed by Jan and George Syrigos will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The Hobbs State Parks and Arkansas State Parks Conservation Area history history lecture will run from 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. :45

Trail maintenance volunteers should register with volunteer coordinator Avery Blair, [email protected] or call (479) 789-5009.

Volunteers target plants

The Beaver Watershed Alliance will be holding an event to remove the weed from 1 to 3 pm April 16 at Lake Atalanta Park in Rogers. Work will take place between Clark Pavilion and the Railyard bike park.

To volunteer, contact the alliance, [email protected] or (479) 750 8007.

Bikers race 12 hours

Registration opens for the second annual Noon2Moon endurance mountain bike race May 6 at the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve in Bentonville.

Riders can sign up for 6- or 12-hour team or solo races that take place in the reserve. The 12 hour race starts at 8 am and the 6 hour race starts at noon.

Visit noon2moonrace.com for information and registration.

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