Field Trips


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.




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


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 ( 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 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 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 or 816-554-1956.




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 or 913-375-8030.


Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, Quivira NWR, and Larned and Great Bend Areas – Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27

Join trip leader, Malcolm Gold, as we look for summer residents and south bound shorebirds stopping over at these two internationally important wetlands. In addition, we will attempt to find Black-bellied Whistling Ducks around Larned, Burrowing Owls west of Great Bend, and hopefully some other western ‘goodies’.

This trip is spread out over three-days and two-nights, so please feel free to participate for the entire field-trip, parts thereof or, heck, just show up to eat with us and say hi!

Participants are responsible for their own lodging arrangements in Great Bend, KS. There are many options around the area to stay (including Hoisington, KS), but feel free to join Malcolm at the Great Bend Quality Inn. It’s a pet-friendly hotel, and rooms can be reserved online for $68 for two queen beds, or $60 for one queen bed, per night. Receive a 10% discount on the listed rates using the “Burroughs” promotion when you call (620) 793-8486. For those who wish to carpool to Great Bend, please contact Malcolm to make arrangements or coordinate with others on the Friends of Burroughs Audubon Society Facebook page.

The planned activities allow everyone to join in as little or as much as they please at the following prearranged dates and times. Friday, August 25th we’ll meet Barry Jones at 1:00 p.m. at the Quivira NWR visitor center to explore the refuge. On Friday evening, we’ll meet at 8:00 p.m. in the Quality Inn lounge before heading out to check for rails and owls around Cheyenne Bottoms. If you are up for an early Saturday departure to check for rails and owls around Quivira NWR, contact Malcom directly. We’ll meet on Saturday, August 26th at 8:00 a.m. at the Quivira NWR Environmental Education Center, 1 mile south of the NE 140th St entrance, to explore different parts of the refuge in the morning. At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, we will meet at the Quality Inn lounge for those interested in carpooling toward the city of Larned. At 7:30 p.m., we’ll relax and socialize over supper at The Page: an American Bistro. Please text/call or email Malcolm if you plan to attend so that we can give the establishment a headcount and be seated together. On Sunday, August 27th we’ll meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Hwy K-156 to explore Cheyenne Bottoms.

People of all skill levels are welcome to attend, and you don’t have to be a member of any organization! Your leader for this trip is Malcolm Gold. For more information, contact Malcolm at or 608-807-6086.