2nd Annual GBBC Backyard Bird Feeder Crawl
Meet at Songbird Station at 8:00 am
The 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place Friday, February 13th through Monday, February 16th. GBBC is an annual four-day citizen science event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.
This 2nd annual Feeder Crawl will start at Songbird Station where we'll count birds at their feeders; from there we'll 'crawl' to various backyard bird feeders in and around the Columbia area and count birds for at least 15 minutes at each backyard, then submit each checklist to eBird. The trip will last 3-4 hours and return to Songbird Station for coffee and donuts. For more information on the GBBC, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ .
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CAS Lake Tour
We will leave Songbird Station’s parking lot at 8 a.m. and visit as many lakes as we can in 3.5 hours in search of ducks and geese. Phillips, R-1, and Little Dixie Lake will be visited. We will return to Songbird Station’s parking lot.
Joint Trip With Burroughs AC to Burroughs Audubon Nature Center in Fleming Park, Blue Springs, MO
CAS group will leave Wendy’s parking lot at 6:45 a.m. in Columbia and drive to The Burroughs Audubon Nature Center where we’ll meet at the library around 8:30 am. Burroughs will provide hot beverages to enjoy while watching feeders from the comfortable viewing room. Blue Springs Lake will be our next destination to look for waterfowl and check the wetlands for winter residents. We’ll then break for lunch at Corner Café; it’s nearby with good food at reasonable prices. Following lunch we'll head over to Burr Oak Woods CA, where we'll check their feeders and walk some of the Missouri Tree Trail. If time allows, we'll finish at Lake Remembrance CA. Burroughs will keep their ears and eyes open for any unusual sightings that may change this exact itinerary.
We’ll start back to Columbia around 3 p.m. Please RSVP to Lori Turner by February 20th so we can all sit together for lunch.
The Burroughs Audubon Nature Center has an extensive nature library, gift shop and Wi-Fi access. For more information visit: http://burroughs.org/library.html
Return of the Twilight Timberdoodle Trek
Forum Nature Area Columbia, MO
Meet at Songbird Station’s parking lot at 7:00 pm. The goal for this evening field trip is to hear and see (hopefully!) the twilight mating ritual of the American Woodcock (AKA Timberdoodle). Please bring a flashlight.
Here’s a description of the Timberdoodle’s mating behavior from http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Woodcock/id :
“American Woodcock spend most of their time hidden in fields and on the forest floor, where they probe for earthworms. On spring nights, males perform very conspicuous displays, giving a buzzy peent call, and then launching into the air. Their erratic display flight includes a distinctive, twittering flight sound and ends with a steep dive back to the ground.”
We’ll return to Songbird Station around 8:00 pm for pre-bedtime milk and cookies (seriously!)
For tips on ‘woodcocking’ check out ‘Looking for Mr. Woodcock’ on YouTube: http://goo.gl/ExNoj1
Gans Creek Recreation Area, Columbia, MO
Meet at Songbird Station’s parking lot at 8 a.m. We’ll carpool to Gans Creek Recreation Area where we’ll go on a 3/4-mile walk to see two Great Blue Heron rookeries. There’s lots of other land we can ramble on, or we may walk down Gans Creek Road that borders the recreation area where there are lots of birds in the trees along the road. The trip will be 3-4 hours long and will return to Songbird Station for coffee and donuts.
Leader: Louise Flenner
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