Field Trips

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Rodney Wright, Field Trip Chair.

Almost everything that Burroughs Audubon offers is free, even to non-members. There’s nothing we enjoy more than introducing you to birds or helping you find things in nature. Our volunteers who lead these field trips work hard to make sure we’re exposing you to a diverse amount of habitats throughout the entire greater Kansas City area and beyond. Field trips include a diverse selection of locations from city parks, state parks, conservation areas, wildlife areas, and national wildlife refuges. We also expose you to all the habitats that our birds rely on for their survival – wetlands, woodlands, prairies and grasslands, agriculture, urban, and savannah.

 

 

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Mike Stoakes, Field Trip Coordinator

For all field trips, we recommend that you dress for the weather, in layers, and bring water, snacks and insect repellent. In the details, we’ll let you know if you need to bring lunch or lunch money.

Some field trips are low-impact and are spent in the car, so if you own any FRS radios, we encourage you to bring them so that bird sightings can be shared between vehicles.

 

 

Malcom Gold, Field Trip Coordinator

 

MARCH 2017

 

Woodcock Walk at Jerry Smith Park – Tuesday, March 7 – RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, March 8 due to predicted high wind

March means the return of ‘timberdoodles’ and the male’s elaborate courtship display! This date is BEFORE daylight savings time begins, so we’ll meet in the parking lot at the top of the ridge at 5:45 p.m. (Directions: go south on Holmes Rd. to 139th St., turn east and go approximately ½ mile to the park entrance – 2nd drive on the left). Be sure to dress for the weather. Make-up dates and times, in case of bad weather, will be announced here as well.

Your leader for this trip is Sherry Leonardo. For more information, contact Sherry at home172@aol.com or 816-718-5888.

 

Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and National Wildlife Refuge – Saturday, March 25

We’ll look for year-round residents and winter immigrants in the woods and wetlands around the area’s several pools. In addition we’ll stop at La Cygnes Lake and Linn County Park to scope the lake. We’ll drive through the mined-land area south of the power plant to look for open grassland species. Plan to bring lunch and/or snacks for this all day trip as there are very few choices for food in the area. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Price Chopper on the northwest corner of 119th Street and Metcalf in Overland Park for carpooling. This trip has minimal walking and is mainly an auto tour, but check forecast for appropriate clothing as we will be spending time outside scoping and on short walks.

Your leader for this trip is Malcolm Gold. For more information, contact Malcolm at malcolmgold@gmail.com or 608-807-6086. Leave a message, and Malcolm will return your call, if needed.

 

APRIL 2017

 

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge – Sunday, April 9

Join our Annual Dinner speaker, Scott Weidensaul, together with many fine BAS birders as we enjoy this prime birding spot. For carpooling, meet at 6:30 a.m. in the Platte City commuter lot. Gather at the Loess Bluffs visitor center at 8:00 a.m., and we’ll begin our trip around the refuge’s 10-mile auto tour loop at 8:00-ish. We’ll return to the visitor center around Noon for lunch and restrooms before, possibly, making a second pass around the loop. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, optics, field guides, and FRS radios. Dress for the conditions, as it’s often windy in the open environs of the refuge.

Your leader for this trip is Linda Williams. For more information, contact Linda at lkwilliams@kc.rr.com or 816-531-5001.

 

Wednesday Walks at KCPL Prairie Wetlands in Gardner (KS) – April 19 – May 17

7:00 – 8:20 a.m. Join Mark Land on these relatively short walks around the wetlands. Meet in the parking lot south of the railroad tracks on Waverly Road at 7:00 a.m. Bring spotting scope and binoculars on the mile-long loop through the Wetlands to look for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, and passerines. The trail is often muddy with recent rain, so boots are recommended. May be canceled if it is raining in the morning on a walk day.

Your leader for this trip is Mark Land. For more information, contact Mark at markeland@kc.rr.com or 816-590-9814.

 

Chase County (KS) Nighttime Species – Saturday, April 22

This is an evening trip that will continue late into the night as we look/listen for owls and nightjars around Strong City and Cottonwood Falls. This trip is weather dependent, and it will be canceled if high winds prevent us from hearing anything. Meet at Braum’s Ice Cream & Burger Restaurant, north of I-35 at exit 128 in Emporia at 6:00 p.m. We’ll carpool to Cottonwood Falls and check a few locations before stopping to listen for nighttime sounds and species at a few other locations. With last light occurring around 9:00, nighttime stops will last until, approximately, 10:30 p.m. Bring a warm jacket, as temperatures can fall quickly after dusk.

Your leader for this trip is Malcolm Gold. For more information, contact Malcolm at malcolmgold@gmail.com or 608-807-6086. Leave a message, and Malcolm will return your call, if needed.

 

Line Creek Trail in the (KC) Northland – Wednesday, April 26

Join us on John James Audubon’s birthday for a bird walk! This trip will involve a couple of miles of easy walking on level, paved, trail surrounded by fields and mature forest running along Line Creek. Birds that can be found here include many species of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and other migrants. You never know what you’ll find this time of year! Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the NW Platte Brooke Dr. cul-de-sac, in front of the foot bridge. Directions: take I-29 North to NW 72nd St exit. Turn right, and take NW 72nd St. to roundabout at intersection with NW Waukomis Dr. Make 3/4 of the roundabout loop (left-hand turn), and drive north for approx. 0.2 miles on NW Waukomis Dr. Turn right at NW 73rd St., and turn right again at nearby T-intesection (still NW 73rd St.). Turn left on NW Granby Ave. (first T-intersection), and drive to the second 4-way intersection (NW Platte Brooke Dr. – N. Lenox Ave. cross streets). Continue on NW Platte Brooke Dr. (straight ahead) to the cul-de-sac at the Line Creek Trail trailhead.

Your leader for this trip is Lisa Owens. For more information, contact Mike Stoakes at mstoakes@juno.com or 816-554-1956.

 

Indian Creek Trail with Malcolm Gold – Thursday, April 27

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Bring your binoculars, and whatever else you like, as we walk along the paved bike/hike trail in search of spring migrants. Meet at the intersection of W 115th St and Indian Creek Pkwy in Overland Park (Address is 11500 Indian Creek Pkwy, OPKS, and parking is available along Indian Creek Pkwy).

Your leader for this walk is Malcolm Gold. For more information, contact Malcolm at malcolmgold@gmail.com or 608-807-6086. Leave a message, and Malcolm will return your call, if needed.

 

Tomahawk Park with Malcolm Gold – Friday, April 28

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Bring your binoculars, and whatever else you like, as we walk along the paved bike/hike trail in search of spring migrants. Meet in the parking lot of Tomahawk Park in Leawood (Address is 3951 W 119th St, Leawood, KS).

Your leader for this walk is Malcolm Gold. For more information, contact Malcolm at malcolmgold@gmail.com or 608-807-6086. Leave a message, and Malcolm will return your call, if needed.

 

Shirling Sanctuary Spring Bird Census – Sunday, April 30 TO BE RESCHEDULED due to predicted rain and scattered thunder – reschedule date likely Wed., May 3 or Thurs., May 4

Join us for a survey of residents and spring migrants in this, roughly, 15-acre wildlife sanctuary within the Kansas City Zoo. Efforts to remove invasive bush honeysuckle and wintercreeper euonymus have begun in earnest through a habitat restoration grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Our survey will help track which bird species utilize this bottomland habitat surrounded by the Blue River. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the entrance to the Zoo. KC Zoo Education Coordinator, Ann Day, will accompany us throughout our survey of this piece of land not ordinarily accessible by the public. There are nothing but deer trails throughout the sanctuary, so bushwhacking is indicated. Wear insect repellent and long pants as ticks will, most certainly, be encountered.

Your leader for this trip is Mike Stoakes. For more information, contact Mike Stoakes at mstoakes@juno.com or 816-554-1956.

 

MAY 2017

 

Indian Creek Trail with Malcolm Gold – Thursday, May 4

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Bring your binoculars, and whatever else you like, as we walk along the paved bike/hike trail in search of spring migrants. Meet at the intersection of W 115th St and Indian Creek Pkwy in Overland Park (Address is 11500 Indian Creek Pkwy, OPKS, and parking is available along Indian Creek Pkwy).

Your leader for this walk is Malcolm Gold. For more information, contact Malcolm at malcolmgold@gmail.com or 608-807-6086. Leave a message, and Malcolm will return your call, if needed.

 

Blue River Parkway Spring Migrant Census – Friday, May 5

This count is a project that Burroughs performs in cooperation with KC WildLands. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot near the Minor Park tennis courts. We’ll spend 2-3 hours walking the trail to see which migrants and year-round residents are utilizing the restored natural area and bottomlands along the Blue River. Bring snacks and beverages as well as insect repellent.

Your leader for this bird survey is Don Arney. For more information, contact Don at 22sora@gmail.com or 816-931-8536.

 

Tomahawk Park with Malcolm Gold – Friday, May 5

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Bring your binoculars, and whatever else you like, as we walk along the paved bike/hike trail in search of spring migrants. Meet in the parking lot of Tomahawk Park in Leawood (Address is 3951 W 119th St, Leawood, KS).

Your leader for this walk is Malcolm Gold. For more information, contact Malcolm at malcolmgold@gmail.com or 608-807-6086. Leave a message, and Malcolm will return your call, if needed.

 

Jerry Smith Park Spring Migrant Census – Tuesday, May 9

This is the second of four censuses that we perform annually for KC WildLands of this, mostly, undeveloped city (KCMO) park. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the small lot at the top of the ridge. (Directions: go south on Holmes Rd. to 139th St., turn east and go approximately ½ mile to the SECOND drive on the left – Prospect Ave.). Bring water, snacks, and insect repellent.

Your leader for this bird survey is Sherry Leonardo. For more information, contact Sherry at home172@aol.com or 816-718-5888.

 

Fort Leavenworth – Sunday, May 14

Join us for an all-day birding trip to the exceptional forest habitats offered at historic Fort Leavenworth, KS. We’ll start the day with a visit to the upland oak-hickory forests where there are a number of secluded walking trails and gravel roads, break for lunch, and then proceed to the bottomland forest areas along the Missouri River. On this trip some of the area is easily viewed from the gravel road along the dike surrounding the airport, but a full appreciation of this truly unique forest area is obtained by a moderate hike into the old woods. Target species will be what is remaining of the spring migrants, plus the number of breeding species that occur. We’ll be looking for warblers and vireos, but also looking and listening for Empidonax flycatchers and wrens. Both Summer and Scarlet Tanagers occur, as well as Towhees, Cuckoos, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and others. There will be some moderate hiking. Insect repellent is strongly advised, especially in the Bottoms. We will meet at the Fort Leavenworth Visitor’s Center Parking Lot: 8 Sherman Ave, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027. We will be carpooling and leaving the parking lot at 6:30 a.m. Please bring food and drink for lunch, we will have a picnic lunch on the Fort grounds. To gain access to the Fort, it is very important that everyone pre-register with Kathy Carroll by April 28, 2017 (see below).

Your leaders for this trip are Kathy Carroll and John Schukman. Due to the tight security screening requirement for visitors, it is very important to pre-register with Kathy by Friday, April 28 if you wish to participate. Call 913-441-1242, and provide Kathy with the following information: driver’s license number (regardless if you’re driving), driver’s license state (special requirements for MO residents), date of birth and Social Security number.

In addition, on the day of the event you must present a photo ID. You will not be permitted onto the Fort without one. Visitors from the State of Missouri will need a form of supplemental documentation listed below:

 

Acceptable Supplemental Forms of Identification REAL ID ACT

 

  1. United States Passport or United States Passport Card.
  2. U.S Birth Certificate
  3. Social Security Card
  4. Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551).
  5. Foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa.
  6. Employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766).
  7. In the case of a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I-94A bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, as long as the endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form.
  8. Identification card issued by Federal, State, or local government agencies, provided it contains a photograph and biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address.
  9. U.S. Military or draft record.
  10. U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Cards* Transportation Worker Identification Card.
  11. Native American Tribal Document.
  12. Vehicle Registration with name and address.

 

Knob Noster State Park and Perry Memorial Conservation Area – Wednesday, May 17

Join us on this trip through Johnson and Pettis Counties in west-central Missouri. In the mature woods of beautiful KNSP, we’ll look for migrating warblers and vireos, as well as summer breeding residents like tanagers, grosbeaks and orioles. At Perry, we’ll look for rails, raptors, waders, shorebirds and any lingering waterfowl. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the Home Depot parking lot (behind Perkins) in Lee’s Summit at MO Hwy 291-North and US 50 Hwy for carpooling. Bring lunch, drinks, snacks, and FRS radios for this all-day trip. Dress for the weather and some moderate hiking.

Your leaders for this trip are Larry Olpin and Mike Stoakes. For more information, contact Mike Stoakes at mstoakes@juno.com or 816-554-1956. Leave a message, and Mike will return your call, if needed.