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
Contact Info: (573) 268-7468 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Albert Children’s Wildlife Area & Wild Haven Nature Area Columbia, MO area
We will leave Patricia’s Foods parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Here’s your chance to bird two high-quality Audubon Nature Areas.
The Albert area is located on the Boone/Calloway line between Maupin Ln and Zaring Rd off Rt. Z. Our property (about 80 acres) is part of a larger tract that has been extensively reclaimed after a history of coal strip-mining. Reclamation has left a great mixture of habitats, including a grassland-shrubland-wetland complex along Cedar Creek.
The 103 acre Wild Haven Nature Area consists of several different habitats including sandstone glades, ponds, mature forest and a small remnant prairie, which makes this nature area a diverse birding spot. There is a picnic shelter where we will stop for brunch before birding here, which will be provided and consist of donuts, bagels, juice and coffee.
Check out the CAS website for more information on these areas at http://columbia-audubon.org/
We’ll carpool to the Albert’s area from Patricia’s, because vehicle access is limited. We will bird there until about 10:00 a.m. and head over to Wild Haven where we’ll have a birding brunch at the picnic shelter. Feel free to meet up with us at Wild Haven if you can’t make it to Albert’s in the morning. Birding will be on foot, on and off trails, so come prepared for wet ground. The group should be back at Patricia’s Foods by 1:30 p.m.
573-639-2211 or email@example.com
Prairie Garden Trust,
8945 County Route 431, New Bloomfield, MO 65063
Lorna and Henry Domke will guide us through the many native habitats that are maintained in this private nature area outside of New Bloomfield. We will explore the savanna area overlooking miles of forests, walk along Hillers Creek, explore the native prairies that are sustained by prescribed burns and walk along the lotus ponds. If meeting at PGT be there by 8 a.m.
Please visit prairiegardentrust.org for more information.
Lori Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
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