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




Clinton and Perry Reservoirs – Saturday, February 18

We’ll search for gulls, raptors, waterfowl and winter songbirds in areas around Lawrence and Perry (KS). This is an all day trip involving minimal walking, as it’s mainly an auto tour. Meet at 7:30 a.m. for carpooling at the Wendy’s just north of K-10 and Woodland Drive in Lenexa. For those outside of the Kansas City area, we’ll meet at the Corp of Engineers office at the Clinton Lake State Park entrance at 8:00 a.m. Bring all of your usual optics, drinks/snacks, and FRS radios (we have some to lend). We’ll spend the morning around Clinton Lake before stopping for lunch in Lawrence. We’ll then bird Perry Reservoir in the afternoon. Note that there is a per vehicle entrance fee at Clinton Lake State Park. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Although the air temperature can be nice, it can be quite cold with the wind coming off of the water. This trip is weather dependent and has an alternate date of Feb. 25, if conditions are poor. Watch the Kansas Listserv, Facebook, and this web page for any announcements of rescheduling.

Your leader for this trip is Mark Land. For more information, contact Mark at or 816-590-9814, and leave a message. Mark will return your call.


Great Backyard Bird Count at Powell Gardens – Sunday, February 19

Meet in the Visitor Education Center at 8:45 a.m. and join Alan Branhagen for the Garden’s annual GBBC activities. From 9:00 a.m. until Noon, we’ll bird around the visitor center and gardens. We’ll then hike the 3.25-mile Byron Shutz Nature Trail from 1:00 until, approximately, 3:30 p.m. You can do all or part of the day. The café won’t be open, so bring a lunch if you plan to stay all day.

Regular garden admission is waived for Burroughs members, but you must RSVP with Alan at or 816-697-2600 ext 241.


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 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 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 or 816-531-5001.


Chase County (KS) Owls and Nightjars – Saturday, April 22

Trip info TBA


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 Mike Stoakes. For more information, contact Mike at or 816-554-1956.