MTOS Field Trip to Wapanocca NWR

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Van Harris is our leader for a trip to Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in Turrell, Arkansas—a short trip across the river from Memphis. See recent eBird sightings at this important birding hotspot here.

Meet at 7:30 am on Sunday, October 10 at the visitor center parking lot, 178 Hammond Ave, Turrell, AR 72384. Birding from car with some easy walking. Bring lunch if you wish. No access to restrooms.

Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1961 as a sanctuary for migratory waterfowl. The refuge is literally an island of forest in a sea of agriculture. Lying only four miles west of the Mississippi River and 15 miles northwest of Memphis, it is an important stopover for waterfowl traveling the Mississippi Flyway and for neotropical song birds as they migrate to and from Central and South America. An excellent diversity of habitat exists, comprised of open shallow lake, bottomland forest, cypress/willow swamp, and slowly reforesting old fields, all linked by miles of nature drives, foot and canoe trails.

For more information, contact Van Harris at or 901-876-3337.