Field trips for August-September 2017: Click HERE for a printable list of the field trips.
Saturday, August 5 8:30 a.m. - ?? Photographers invited to come earlier.
THE SVETICH PLACE, 3809 Brier East Road, LEXINGTON – For birds and butterflies. From Louisville, take I-64 east to I-75 south. Exit at Winchester Road. Go east on Winchester to 3.2 miles to Walnut Grove Road (KY 2903). Turn right. Go 1.2 miles to Brier East Road. Left on Brier East Road. Park on grass at street. 800-foot walk to house GPS: 38.014511, -84.378311 David Svetich 859-533-5683 Text rather than call, if possible
Saturday, August 12 8:00 am – 1:00pm easy MELCO DRAINAGE BASIN & NEARBY HABITAT– For migrant shorebirds. From I-65, take Fern Valley Road west to the T intersection with Grade Lane. Turn left, go over the railroad tracks and take the second left into the large parking lot west of the drainage basin. Meet at the entrance gate to the drainage basin. Bring a scope if you have one. GPS: 38.151977, -85.732969 Michael Callan 502-592-7008
Saturday, August 19 8:30 a.m. – noon easy FALLS OF THE OHIO STATE PARK – For shorebirds, waders & early migrants. Meet on the deck of the Visitor’s Center. Bring a scope if you have one. GPS: 38.276541, -85.763855 Jamie Baker 502-403-9845
Saturday, August 26th 8:30 a.m. – ??? easy/moderate OTTER CREEK PARK – Early Migrants and Residents – Take I-265W to US31/US-60 W, turn left onto KY1638W (Old Mill Rd), and right onto Otter Creek Rd. We will meet at the parking area on the left at entrance gate. There is a $3/person fee to enter the park. Bring lunch. I also recommend insect repellent. GPS: 37.924739, -86.038077 Michael Callan 502-592-7008
Sunday, August 27 8:30 a.m. – noon easy/moderate O’BANNON STATE PARK/HARRISON-CRAWFORD STATE FOREST - Meet at 8:30 am at the Rock Creek trailhead parking lot. Follow Highway 62 west from Corydon Indiana about 7 miles. Turn left at the Highway 462 bridge (over Blue River) and go about 1/4 a mile. Rock Creek parking lot is on the right. We will explore fields/wooded areas along Blue River. We will stay on the paths however tick/chigger spray and long pants are highly recommended. GPS: 38.226149, -86.249581 Anne Cabaniss 812-725-5690
Saturday, Sept. 2 8:30 a.m. – noon easy ANCHORAGE TRAIL - Meet at the trailhead in Anchorage at the intersection of Evergreen Rd and Station Rd. GPS: 38.266322, -85.540245 Pat & Jane Bell 502-326-9610
Sunday, Sept. 3 8:30 am – noon easy MELCO DRAINAGE BASIN – For migrant shorebirds, waders and waterfowl. From I-65, take Fern Valley Road west to the T intersection with Grade Lane. Turn left, go over the railroad tracks and take the second left into the large parking lot west of the drainage basin. Meet at the entrance gate to the drainage basin. GPS: 38.151977, -85.732969 Rand Falls 540-798-4985
Monday, Sept. 4 8:00 am – noon easy BLACK ACRE STATE NATURE PRESERVE - For migrants. 3200 Tucker Station Road. Drive back gravel rd. to parking lot area. Bring Insect Repellent for Ticks. Michael Callan 502-592-7008
Saturday, Sept. 9 8:00 a.m. - ??? BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS – CHEROKEE PARK – For early migrants and residents. Meet at Willow Park for breakfast. Birding in Cherokee Park to follow. GPS: 38.236558, -85.709710 Pat & Jane Bell 502-326-9610
Sunday, Sept. 10 8 a.m. CDT - ???? easy/moderate MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – For fall migrants. Meet at the service center in the park just past the campground entrance. This is the parking lot just to the right of the camp store. Bring lunch. GPS: 37.183860, -86.097705 Pat & Jane Bell 502-326-9610
Friday - Sunday Sept. 15-17 KENTUCKY ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING –KenLake State Resort Park Details at birdky.org
Saturday, Sept. 16 8:30 am -noon easy BECKLEY CREEK PARK - MAIN SECTION – Residents and migrants. Meet at parking lot by visitor center. GPS: 38.217556, -85.476878 Andrew Melnykovych 502-608-4655
Sunday, Sept. 17 8:00 am – ??? easy ANCHROAGE TRAIL & CAPERTON SWAMP – For Fall Migrants. Bring Insect Repellant. Meet at the trailhead in Anchorage at the intersection of Evergreen Rd and Station Rd. Will break for lunch before moving on to Caperton. GPS: 38.266322, -85.540245 Michael Callan 502-592-7008
Saturday, Sept. 23 8:30 a.m. – ?? easy BIG OAKS NWR – MADISON, IN – From Louisville, take Indiana 62 from Jeffersonville or Utica to US 421 in Madison. Turn north on US 421. (Best route from Oldham County is via I-71 N to US 421 in Campbellsburg, crossing the Ohio River at Milton.) The entrance to the refuge is on U.S. Highway 421, on the former Jefferson Proving Ground, five miles north of Madison, Indiana. Enter at the main entrance of the former Jefferson Proving Ground and follow the brown directional signs to Big Oaks office, 1661 West Niblo Road. Office phone 812-273-0783 Meet at the wildlife refuge office at 8:30 am to watch a short safety video. The cost is $3.00 except for those older than 62.Bring brown bag lunches to eat on the grounds of the Old Timbers Lodge Joe Robb, refuge naturalist will lead the tour. GPS: 38.8329624176, -85.4160668307 Anne Cabaniss 812-725-5690
Sunday, Sept. 24 4:00p.m. – Dusk easy MELCO DRAINAGE BASIN – For Migrant Shorebirds, Gulls, Ducks, Marsh & Sedge Wrens, & Sparrows. From I-65, take Fern Valley Road west to the T intersection with Grade Lane. Turn left, go over the railroad tracks and take the second left into the large parking lot west of the drainage basin. Meet at the entrance gate to the drainage basin. GPS: 38.151977, -85.732969 Michael Callan 502-592-7008
Saturday, Sept. 30 8:30 a.m. – noon easy BECKLEY CREEK PARK – GRAND ALLEE SECTION - For fall migrants. Meet at the “Port-a-Potty” parking lot at the south end of the Humana Grand Alee just before the large bridge over the creek. GPS: 38.209077, -85.474110 Andrew Melnykovych 502-608-4655
Sunday, Oct. 1 4:00 p.m. – dusk moderate MORGAN CONSERVATION PARK – For fall migrants. Take I-71 to the LaGrange Exit KY-52 N. Take a Right on US-42 and Make a left onto KY-524W. Entrance will be on the right side. Meet in the parking lot. Bring insect repellant. GPS: 38.496115, -85.383058 Michael Callan 502-592-7008
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