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 Feb. 20.  Meet at Baker Wetlands Discovery Center parking lot at 8:00 am and take a 60-90 min walk on the main loop trail at the wetlands.

Saturday March 6. We will do the Loess Bluffs trip today instead of Boyd yard field trip.  For the Loess Bluffs trip we will meet at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center at 8:00 am.  Hand out directions and then head back to US 59 and get on K-10 there and go to Loess Bluffs.  This will give us 2 weeks for the refuge to thaw out and waterfowl to move in.

Sunday, March 7. Meet in Baldwin at 8:30 am at the municipal swimming pool parking at 3rd and Fremont.  Walk 1/2 block north, walk south of my garage to view bird feeders behind my house at 510 3rd street and my son's house at 520 3rd street.  The main attraction will be purple finches (which should still be present) as well as pine siskins and American goldfinch and a variety of other feeder birds.

Saturday, March 13. (NEW FIELD TRIP) Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park (163 E 2000 Rd. Wellsville, KS - 3 miles east of Baldwin on US 56 and then 1/2 mile south)  Meet at 8 a.m. in parking lot south of house at the Battlefield.  We will walk a few of the trails (some could be damp to wet) through the woods and prairie.  The main birds will be woodpeckers and sparrows but kinglets, creepers, wrens, and nuthatches are also around.  Should be a great trip for birders with less experience and wanting to learn how to identify some of our more common woodland species.

Saturday 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.

Wednesday March 24, 2021. 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.

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