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.
Feb 20, 2021 (Sat.) Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (Formally known as Squaw Creek NWR) We will meet at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center Parking lot at 8 a.m. Paper map/directions will be provided. Due to covid you must organize your own transportation. If you can safely car pool, please do so. A large caravan of cars could diminish our success. Distance is about 115 miles one way and will take less than 2 hours. On arrival we will be driving the 10-mile loop drive around the main water body. Several telescopes will be provided and religiously sanitized. At stops everyone will be expected to wear masks. This should be close to the peak of Snow Goose migration so hundreds of thousands but we anticipate several hundred Trumpeter Swans and possibly Tundra Swans, up to 15 species of geese and waterfowl in large numbers expected. Could still be significant numbers of eagles but many will have dispersed to nest. There are several nests on the refuge. Sparrows and wrens should be present. Woodland species are also possible at several stops. Should be able to depart for return trip by noon. Option of bringing sack lunch and make a second loop around the area on your own.
March 6, 2021 (Sat.) Boyd Yard, Baldwin. 8:30 a.m. We will meet at the Baldwin Swimming Pool at 3rd and Fremont St. as there is plenty of parking. From there we will walk one half block north to Roger Boyd's house and observe backyard feeders from south side of garage. Mask wearing will be expected. Telescopes provided. Target species will be purple finch, pine siskin, goldfinch and a host of other typical feeder birds. We can also take an optional walk along woodland trail back to the swimming pool. My eBird yard surveys usually post 18-22 species.
March 20, 2021 (Sat.) Clinton Lake. Meet on dam at pullout by outlet tower at 8:00 am. Telescopes available and mask wearing will be expected. Focus will be on the identification of numerous waterfowl and gulls potentially available. Once we have seen what we can we will travel to the south end of dam and scope that area of the lake. Depending on amounts of ice and wind the species diversity and abundance can vary greatly from one day to the next.
March 24, 2021 (Wed.) Kansas River and Bismark Lake. 8:30 a.m. Meet on north side of Kansas River on Elm St. just north of Bowersock Power plant. Limited parking along Elm St. We will check out possible gulls and waterfowl from the levee. From there we will proceed to Bismark Lake located on the west side of E 1600 Rd, about ¼ mile north of N 1700 Rd. Main focus here will be numerous waterfowl in early spring migration. Telescopes on site and masks will be required.