JAS Field Trips 2021 -- Socially Distanced Outdoor Events
Led by Roger Boyd. For more information about any of these trips, Email Roger or phone 785-424-0595.
Saturday April 17, 8 a.m. Baker Wetlands. Meet at east parking lot off Haskell Ave. Spring migration will be in full swing so many species of birds will likely be present. Waterfowl, rails and waders should be on Maple Marsh and the Santa Fe Track. We will walk to the center crossroads of the wetlands and determine our route from there. Weather will be a major
factor in what we look for and where we go. We will probably walk 2-3 miles and may be there 2-3 hours but you would be able to return to the parking lot at any time. Usually some trails will be wet or muddy
Tuesday, April 20, Burcham Park. (East of hospital, 2nd and Lincoln). Meet at 8 a.m. in main parking lot near river. We will walk the road and trails in the park and to the north. Should be a variety of warblers, vireos, thrushes and other spring migrants. It is a little early for the bulk of the warblers but easier to view those that are present as most leaves won’t be out yet. Bring layers in case there is a chilly breeze.
Saturday, May 1, Baker Wetlands. Joint trip with Lawrence Public Library. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Discovery Center parking lot (1365 N. 1250 Rd). We’ll walk the center trail along the old N. 1250 Rd alignment to the Naismith Canal, cross the bridge and continue east. The intent is to walk the Green Loop, 2.5 miles, but weather will be a major factor in what we look for and where we go.
This is the height of migration for the next 10 days so we should see many species of birds with warblers, vireos, buntings in full migration mode as well as sev-eral rail and wader species. We will probably be there 2-3 hours but you could return to the parking lot at any time. Usually some trails will be wet or muddy.
Wednesday, May 5, Rice Woods. Meet at 8 a.m. Park at intersection of N 500 and E 1750 Rd. (2 miles N of Baldwin and ½ mi E). We will walk on E 1750 Rd about ¼ mile south and/or E & W on N 500 rd. Easy walking along the woods. Expect Swainson’s and Wood Thrush with a chance for Veery and Gray-cheeked Thrush. Warblers could be in abundance on the right days with Tennessee, Yellow, Parula, Black-and-white, Blackburnian, Orange-crowned, and Nashville being the most likely. (Could be up to 20 species to relish!). Indigo Buntings and Summer Tanagers as well as Rose-breasted Grosbeaks will add some color. Five species of woodpecker and 6 species of vireos possible. No chiggers or ticks guaranteed as we are walking on the county road with trees arching overhead.
May 8-9, 2021 (Sat. & Sun.) JAS Birdathon. This is the annual fundraiser for JAS. You can participate with several parties of birders and/or contribute financially. We request people either do their own bird walks and contribute based on what they see or sponsor the club for the overall list of birds found. Read more about this event here.
May 15, 2021 (Sat.) Fitch Natural History Reservation. 8:00 am. Park at Roth Trailhead and cross road to east to meet at Fitch. (See KU Field Station for directions). We will walk on the established trails. Easy walking along the woods. Early portion is gravel turning to well worn dirt paths. Expect thrushes, vireos, warblers, tanagers, flycatchers, all the migrants and residents from the tropics. It could be wild, depending on movement of fronts and current weather. Chiggers shouldn’t be an issue but plan to use spray on clothing for ticks. We will plan to frequently rotate positions on the trail so that everyone has a chance to be at the front. We will probably be on the trails for several hours and walk up to 2 miles.
May 23, 2021 (Sun.) Lone Star Lake with Globe Prairie Area (optional). 8:00 am. Meet at east end of dam. We will plan to drive the perimeter road with periodic stops with possible short walks at some of the stops. Some waterfowl to be expected. There is an active Bald Eagle nest at the lake. Most bird activity will be in the woods around the lake with woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, some late warblers, buntings and tanagers. About 9:30 we will depart for the Globe area to the south and west. Here we hope to find Upland Sandpiper, Scissortail Flycatcher, Dickcissel, meadowlarks, perhaps Bobolinks and Grasshopper Sparrows. This is the best expanse of prairie that remains in Douglas County. Plan to wrap up the field trip by 10:30 or 11:00 am.
May 26, 2021 (Wed. EVENING) Chicken Creek Bridge (approx. 770 E. 850 Rd – south of Clinton Dam) Meet at 8:30 PM for evening birds. We will probably hear and possibly see a number of birds singing before sunset, but our real targets will be Eastern Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will’s Widow. Barred and possibly Great Horned Owls may also be calling for us. Occasionally Common Nighthawks will also be heard and seen over the fields to the east. Anticipate that very little walking (or talking) will be involved.