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We went just last month, but there are fewer birds in July and Shawnee Mission is probably one of the better concentrations, especially on the Kansas side. So, let's check it out! We'll drive to different areas, and then walk around, so wear sturdy shoes. We can meet at the visitor center at 7:30 AM, then head into the park around the lake. I'm hoping this is early enough that it won't be blazing hot, but I would plan for a lot of sun regardless. If you would like to leave earlier or come later, just let me know so we can coordinate! See you there! - Sunscreen and bug repellent recommended! - Bring some water. - Don't forget those life lists and binoculars! - All ages welcome. eBird List: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L166021 Park Map: https://www.jcprd.com/DocumentCenter/View/996/Shawnee-Mission-Park-Map-PDF?bidId=
This is going to be a fun all day trip to get a start on fall migration. We are headed to the Eagle Bluffs conservation area outside of Columbia Missouri. August is supposed to be prime time for this area for waterfowl. *We will meet at the Hy-vee @6am in Independence to car pool. Please click on the map location inside the Meetup app so you end up at the right location! This is an all day trip since it's a bit of a drive. Please bring plenty of snacks, a sack lunch, and water. It will still be hot, so hats, sunscreen, the works. However, this is a driving route so we can cool off in the cars if needed. If anyone has a spotting scope, please bring it! Can't wait to see you there. If you have any questions, don't hesitate! - Sunscreen and bug repellent highly recommended! - Bring some water and a snack. - Don't forget your life list and binoculars! - All ages are welcome. - Please leave pets at home. eBird list: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L158323?m=&yr=all&changeDate=Set Area Map: https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/conservation-areas/8931map.pdf Area Brochure: https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/conservation-areas/8931.pdf
*NOT HOSTED BY BIRDS BY BIRDS This trip is hosted by the Burroughs Audubon Chapter of Kansas City. All are welcome even if you're not an Audubon Member. However, I highly encourage you to become a member because it helps the birds! Join here: https://action.audubon.org/support/join-today?ms=digital-fund-web-website_nas-join_dropdown-20190200_become_a_member Friday, October 11th through Sunday, October 13th – Cheyenne Bottoms, Quivira, and hopefully Sprague’s Pipits We’ll predominantly be looking for southbound migrating birds as they stop-over at these two important wetlands and the areas surrounding Central Kansas. We expect to see a wide diversity of Shorebirds and Waterfowl, hope that Burrowing Owls have not left, hope to find some other western species, and are intentionally targeting Sprague’s Pipits with the help of Joseph Miller. This trip is spread out over three-days but the main part of this trip is all-day Saturday. Feel free to join us for all or just part of the trip. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements around Great Bend, KS. There are many options around the area to stay, feel free to shop around but Malcolm has been very pleased with the rate and service at the Quality Inn. Rooms are available for individual reservations at the Quality Inn at the rate of $65.99 for 2 queen beds or $64 for 1 queen bed on either or both the 11th and 12th. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy for any rooms at this rate with the Quality Inn which is pet-friendly, has a tiny pool, and offers breakfast in the morning. In addition, this hotel will be the meeting location for the half-day trip departures. For those who wish to carpool to Great Bend please contact Malcolm to find out who is going or coordinate with others on the Friends of Burroughs Audubon Society Facebook page. *If anyone here RSVP's we can coordinate our own carpooling. A more detailed itinerary for the trip will be posted in the future so that you may pick and choose from the prearranged dates and times. *I will update you. The tentative schedule is as follows. Friday, October 11th early evening to Cheyenne Bottoms CB for shorebirds and waterfowl before listening for Owls. Saturday, October 12th, sunrise start at Quivira. Meeting Joseph Miller in Reno County to walk fields with hopes of flushing and observing Sprague’s Pipits. Saturday afternoon and evening is yet to be determined, but it might include a search for Black-billed Magpies. A late evening supper social will be planned back in Great Bend to end the day. On Sunday, October 13th we will plan to start at Cheyenne Bottoms and end by noon. Bring your scope, camera, binoculars, bug spray, suntan, snacks and drinks for a weekend at these great locations. Individuals of all skill levels are welcome to attend. If you are planning to attend this trip, please let Malcolm Gold know via email at [masked]. For more information, contact Malcolm at[masked] or [masked]. *I plan on going this year and would love to have all of you join!