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

 

MAY 2017

 

Shirling Sanctuary Spring Bird Census – Thursday, 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.

 

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.

 

JUNE 2017

 

Dunn Ranch and Pawnee Prairie Natural Area – Sunday, June 4

Join us as we search for species such as Upland Sandpiper, Black-billed Cuckoo, Sedge Wren, Henslow’s and Grasshopper Sparrows, and Bobolinks. Meet at 6:00 a.m. in the Liberty commuter lot at I-35 and U.S. 69 Hwy. (Excelsior Springs exit) for carpooling. This will be an all-day trip with moderate walking. Bring insect repellent, lunch, snacks, and beverages. Also, bring FRS radios, if you have them.

Your leaders for this trip are Mark McKellar and Ruth Simmons. Contact Mike Stoakes for more information (mstoakes@juno.com or 816-554-1956).

 

Jerry Smith Park Breeding Bird Census – Wednesday, June 14

This is the third of four censuses that we perform annually for KC WildLands of this, mostly, undeveloped city (KCMO) park. Meet at 7:00 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.

 

Blue River Parkway Breeding Bird Census – Saturday, June 17

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 breeding 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.

 

JULY 2017

 

Skyline Drive and Mt. Mitchell Heritage Prairie – Saturday, July 8

We’ll explore the Flint Hills looking for blooming wild flowers, birds and other critters. Upland Sandpipers, Common Nighthawks, and other prairie species are sure to be encountered. Meet at 5:15 a.m. in the Bonner Springs Walmart parking lot south of I-70, on Kansas Ave (take exit 224A and turn right on K-7, then south to Kansas Ave and turn left) for carpooling. Be prepared to travel on the KS Turnpike, and bring lunch, snacks and beverages. This is mostly a driving trip, and we’ll likely return to our meeting spot by mid-afternoon.

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

 

AUGUST 2017

 

Olathe Prairie Center and Kill Creek Park – Saturday, August 12

Join trip leader, Nic Allen, on this metro area field trip. We’ll begin by visiting the 300-acre tallgrass prairie preserve and education site, known simply as the Prairie Center, with trails that wind through remnant and re-established prairie and riparian woodlands. Some of the species that we hope to find include: Yellow-breasted Chat, Eastern Towhee, Grasshopper Sparrow, Dickcissel, and Blue Grosbeak. For those who wish to continue after lunch, we’ll visit Kill Creek Park, a regional park in Johnson County Parks & Recreation District’s extensive system. Here, we hope to find various herons and egrets, raptors, migrating shorebirds, and swallows. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Prairie Center parking area at Santa Fe (135th St.) and Cedar Niles Rd. Directions: take I-35 to Santa Fe (exit 218) and go 5.25 miles west to Cedar Niles Rd. Bring lunch, snacks, drinks and insect repellent. Hiking at the Prairie Center will be on gravel trails over uneven terrain. Hiking at Kill Creek will be on asphalt paths.

Your leader for this trip is Nic Allen. For more information, contact Nic at tendingthegarden@sbcglobal.net or 913-375-8030.