Field trips for April-June 2019: Click HERE for a printable list of the field trips.
Saturday, March 30 8;30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. moderate HARRISON-CRAWFORD STATE FOREST – For early warblers and other migrants. Isaacs Bottom trailhead and go along Blue River, then we will drive a short distance (1/8th of a mile) and continue with a hike up on the bluff overlooking Blue River. Directions: Head west on I-64 and get off at the Corydon exit. Make a right onto highway 135. Go through 4 stoplights, making a right at the 5th stoplight onto Indiana State Route 62. Go about 8 miles until you see the entrance sign for Harrison Crawford State Forest. Make a left over the bridge over Blue River. This is State Route 462. Go about 1/8th of a mile up the hill. Isaac’s Bottom trailhead parking lot will be on your right. GPS: 38.225774, -86.249733 Anne Cabaniss 812-725-5690 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, March 31 9 a.m. – noon moderate BERNHEIM FOREST AND ARBORETUM. Hike Rock Ridge trail for early migrants. Meet at the first parking lot on the right near Lake Nevin and the Garden Pavilion (octagonal building). Directions: About 14 miles south on I-65 from the Gene Snyder Freeway. At exit 112, take KY 245 East towards Bardstown. Bernheim main entrance is about a mile on the right. Tell gatehouse attendant you are there for BBC field trip. GPS 37.918670, -85.668740 Carol Besse 502-387-5971
Sunday, April 7 9 a.m. - noon HAYS KENNEDY PARK/GARVIN BROWN PRESERVE – Residents, early spring migrants. Meet in the parking lot of Hays Kennedy Park off Upper River Road. GPS: 38.352711, -85.630354 Win Ahrens 502-500-1175
Saturday, April 13 8 a.m. CDT - ?? Moderate/Strenuous SLOUGHS WMA, HENDERSON CO. KY-- Meet at the observation platform on Highway 268. For directions check DeLorme Atlas page 44 quadrant A 2&3. Bring lunch, shoes for wading, & extra clothes. GPS: 37.850231, -87.742674 Brainard Palmer-Ball 502-330-3998
Saturday, April 20 8 a.m. CDT – ?? Easy MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – For spring migrants. Meet at the service center in the park just past the campground entrance. Bring lunch. GPS: 37.184006, -86.09774 Pat & Jane Bell 502-326-9610
Wednesday, April 24 5 p.m. - dusk Easy MELCO FLOOD RETENTION BASIN - For migrant waterfowl and shorebirds. Meet inside the gate. GPS: 38.151966, -85.732617 Mike Callan 502-592-7008
April 26-28 KENTUCKY ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY SPRING MEETING AUDUBON STATE PARK, HENDERSON See KOS website or Kentucky Warbler for details
Saturday, April 27 8:30 am - noon. Easy BECKLEY CREEK PARK – GRAND ALLEE SECTION - For migrants, summer arrivals and residents. 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 Andrew Melnykovych 502-608-4655
Sunday, April 28 8:30 a.m. – noon Easy HAYS KENNEDY PARK/GARVIN BROWN PRESERVE – Residents, spring migrants. Meet in the parking lot of Hays Kennedy Park off Upper River Road. GPS: 38.352711, -85.630354 Karen Bonsell 502-794-3526
Saturday, May 4 GLOBAL BIG DAY - See April and May newsletters for all the details. Andrew Melnykovych 502-608-4655
Sunday, May 5 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. easy IROQUOIS PARK - For migrants, summer arrivals and residents. Meet at the Iroquois Amphitheater parking lot on New Cut Road. GPS: 38.159412, -85.779845 Barbara Woerner 502-485-9017
Wednesday, May 8 9 a.m. - noon HAYSWOOD NATURE RESERVE, CORYDON IN For spring migrants. Paved trail, easy walking, 2 miles. Take I-64W to Exit #105 Corydon, IN. Turn right take SR135 South 2.5 miles. Entrance on left, drive down to Indian Creek Trailhead. GPS: 38.205780, -86.146019 Del Striegel 502-338-5702
Thursday, May 9 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. easy ANCHORAGE TRAIL – Residents and migrants. Meet in the parking lot behind Anchorage Presbyterian Church. GPS: 38.267802, -85.542014 Pat & Jane Bell 502-326-9610
Saturday, May 11 8:00 a.m. - noon TURKEY RUN PARK – Brown-Forman Silo area. Residents and migrants. 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; continue through the park to the Brown-Forman Silo parking lot. GPS: 38.115846, -85.533371 Andrew Melnykovych 502-608-4655
Sunday, May 12 3:30 p.m. - Dusk Moderate MORGAN CONSERVATION PARK – LAGRANGE, OLDHAM COUNTY – For spring migrants, residents, and nightjars. Bring insect repellant, Snacks, and a Flashlight. GPS: 38.496115, -85.383058 Mike Callan 502-592-7008
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. HARRODS CREEK PARK – For late migrants, summer birds. 6530 Montero Dr., Prospect. Meet at the parking lot at the bottom of the hill. GPS: 38.340941, -85.600052 Andrew Melnykovych 502-608-4655
Sunday, May 19 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. easy BERNHEIM FOREST – For migrants and summer birds. Meet at the Bernheim Forest Arboretum Way parking lot, next to Lake Nevin and the old education center rotunda. Directions: I-65 south from Louisville to exit 112. Bernheim entrance is about one mile east on KY 245. About 30 minutes from Louisville. GPS: 37.918889, -85.669087 Mike Callan 502-592-7008
Sunday, May 26 8:30 a.m.- noon easy SHIPPINGPORT ISLAND – For residents, summer birds. Access is via North 27th Street from Northwestern Parkway. Follow signs for McAlpine Locks. Meet at the visitor center. GPS: 38.276637, -85.792553 Karen Bonsell 502-794-3526
Saturday, June 1 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Easy CAMP NELSON HERITAGE PARK / SHAKER VILLAGE – For open area birds, late migrants, and summer residents. Meet at the Camp Nelson Interpretive Center Parking Lot off Danville Rd Loop 2. Approx 1.5 hour drive from Louisville. GPS: 37.797186, -84.601298 Mike Callan 502-592-7008
Sunday, June 2 BECKHAM BIRD CLUB PICNIC – Creasey-Mahan Nature Preserve. Details in newsletter. GPS: 38.400384, -85.590180
Saturday, June 8 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. easy BECKLEY CREEK PARK – GRAND ALLEE SECTION - For summer residents. 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. Bring lunch if you would like to picnic after the walk. GPS: 38.209077, -85.474110 Pat & Jane Bell 502-326-9610
Saturday, June 15 8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. easy/moderate OTTER CREEK PARK – Summer 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 Mike Callan 502-592-7008
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