The Beckham Bird Club conducts field trips throughout the year, except from the middle of June until the middle of August. We welcome birders of all ages and skill levels on our field trips, especially beginning birders. The Beckham Bird Club welcomes guests, non-members and out-of-town visitors to participate in field trips and meetings. Field trips mostly visit a variety of birding spots in the Louisville area, with regular outings to more distant locations.
Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month except March (annual dinner) and June (club picnic.) meeting begin at 7 p.m. and are held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206, 38.254256, -85.689458. St. Mark’s is at the corner of Frankfort Avenue and Kennedy Ave. Please enter by way of the back door near the parking lot. Members and non-members are welcome. Speakers are announced a month in advance in the newsletter.
BBC FIELD TRIPS ARE SMOKE-FREE and VAPE-FREE
In response to member concerns and after careful consideration, the Beckham Bird Club board determined that, effective August 2022, field trips will be no-smoking and no-vaping events. The past policy of asking participants who smoke and vape to step away from the main group proved both ineffective and unworkable. Therefore, participants are asked to refrain from smoking or vaping for the duration of the field trip.
FIELD TRIP INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES 1. IMPORTANT: Field trips are subject to cancellation, rescheduling or relocation due to weather, habitat conditions or other circumstances. If there is constant rain, extreme hot or cold temperatures, ice or snow, you should contact trip leaders for the latest update on the trip. Trip leaders will post information about any changes on the birdky listserv and - time permitting - on the field trip list below. To look for updates, go to http://birding.aba.org/maillistdigest/KY. To subscribe, go to https://www.freelists.org/list/birdky. 2.Arrive a few minutes before the scheduled start time. Trips depart at the stated time. Arriving early will give you time to sign the release form and prepare to go. 3.Please stay with the leader. Do not go ahead of the leader(s) or lag behind. If you need to leave early, let the leader know when you do. 4. Try to minimize disturbance to the birds by talking in quiet tones and keeping to paths and trails unless the leader directs otherwise. 5. Smoking and vaping are not permitted during field trips. Please refrain from smoking or vaping until the field trip has concluded. 6. Minimize disturbance to other birders. If you need to use your cell phone or have a long conversation be considerate of the other members on the trip and step away from the group.
FIELD TRIP AND MEETING SCHEDULE
Sunday, August 7 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. SPECIAL FIELD TRIP – Anne Milligan and Stephen Brown will lead a tour of their native plant oasis and pollinator/bird garden in Fern Creek. BECKHAM BIRD CLUB MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION VIA EMAIL. WATCH YOUR INBOX.
Tuesday, August 9 MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING - 7:00 p.m. - St. Mark’s Episcopal Church - 2822 Frankfort Ave – corner of Frankfort and Kennedy
Saturday, August 20 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. easy BECKLEY CREEK PARK – GRAND ALLEE SECTION - For residents and early migrants. Meet at the “Port- a-Potty” parking lot at the south end of the Humana Grand Allee just before the large bridge over the creek. GPS: 38.209077, -85.474110 Meg and Steve Brown 502-435-3967 (Steve) or 502-435-4864 (Meg)
Sunday, August 28 8:00 a.m. – noon easy CHEROKEE PARK/NETTLEROTH SANCTUARY – For residents, early migrants. Beginners welcome. Meet at the archery range on Beals Branch Road. NOTE: SCENIC LOOP WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. GPS: 38.241906, -85.695007 Carol Besse 502-387-5971
Saturday, September 3 8:00 a.m. – noon easy MELCO FLOOD RETENTION BASIN - For migrant waterfowl, shorebirds and more. Meet inside the gate. GPS: 38.151966, -85.732617 Mike Callan 502-592-7008 Sunday, Sept. 4 8:30 a.m. – noon easy TURKEY RUN PARK - Stop And Go Field Trip - We will be stopping at different areas in Turkey Run. No long walks. Meet at the Seaton Valley Paddling Access off Seatonville Road. Directions: From I-265 exit (19) Billtown Road, go south and turn left at the T; go 1.5 miles and turn right into Turkey Run Park entrance; parking lot is on the right. Park in the paddling access lot. GPS: 38.13208, -85.51903 Pat & Jane Bell 502-326-9610
Sunday, Sept. 11 8 a.m. CDT - ???? easy MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – For fall migrants. Meet at Little Hope Cemetery inside the park. Bring lunch. GPS: 37.154126, -86.053762 Pat & Jane Bell 502-326-9610
Tuesday, Sept. 13 MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING - 7:00 p.m. - St. Mark’s Episcopal Church - 2822 Frankfort Ave – corner of Frankfort and Kennedy
Friday - Sunday, Sept. 16-18 KENTUCKY ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING – Pine Mountain State Resort Park Details at birdky.org Saturday, Sept. 17 8:00 a.m.-noon easy ANCHORAGE TRAIL – For residents and early migrants. Meet in the parking lot behind Anchorage Presbyterian Church. GPS: 38.267802, -85.542014 Michael Autin 502-298-2456
Saturday, Sept. 24 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. easy MCNEELEY LAKE PARK – Meet at the horse trail parking lot. Directions: Enter at south entrance off Mt. Washington Road (about 1.8 miles east from Preston Highway) and drive approximately 0.4 miles; turn left at the first entrance to the gravel parking lot. No scopes needed. GPS: 38.089958, -85.634853 Mike Callan 502-592-7008
Sunday, Sept. 25 9:00 am – noon easy HARRODS CREEK PARK – Residents, migrants. 6530 Montero Dr., Prospect. Meet at the parking lot at the bottom of the hill. GPS: 38.340941, -85.600052 Win Ahrens 502-500-1175