Friday, May 26
3 – 5:30 pm
Afternoon Hikes will take place in 4 locations:
- Edmunds–Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
Guides: Maurry Mills/Refuge staff
- CCLC campus
- Commissary Point
- Bell Mountain Road
Guides: Maurry Mills, Bob Duchesne, Woody Gillies, Bill Kolodnicki, and Colin Brown
Join us for an afternoon of birding at the refuge or three other sites in the area. Groups will be limited to ten people each and assigned as registrations come in - if you have a strong preference for a location, please let us know in the Comments box on the second registration page (the page that comes up after you hit the "Register" button at the bottom of the online form).
The exact routes will depend on recent bird sightings and the interests of the group. The refuge area contains a variety of habitats - grasslands, freshwater wetlands, and several forest types, and the trips will explore a variety of these habitats through a combination of driving and walking.
Plan to look for boreal species as well migrating flycatchers, vireos, and warblers. We will also pass Bald Eagle nesting areas. Other raptors we may encounter include Osprey, Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, and Merlin. Refuge wetlands may contain Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Spotted Sandpiper and Belted Kingfisher. Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse, and woodpeckers also have been spotted. Grassland nesting birds such as Savannah Sparrow and Bobolink also may be seen.
Please wear waterproof footwear.
Where to start: CCLC-Trescott. One group will walk on the trails on the CCLC campus, the rest will carpool to MNWR at Edmunds, Commissary Point, or Bell Mountain Road.