Next MBS Meeting

Join Us at Poehlmann Education Center, Bradford Farm, Columbia September 23 - 25
Register Here By 9/9/2022
Keynote Speaker - Julie Zickefoose - “Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-luck Jay”
CELEBRATE BIRDING TOGETHER!!!

MBS Fall Meeting September 23-25, Columbia

The keynote presentation by Julie Zickefoose, birder, illustrator, talespinner sharing experiences and lessons forged in an intense relationship with Jemima, the hard-luck jay Saturday evening, September 24 will be a highlight of the MBS Fall Meeting.

The 2022 fall meeting will be headquartered at the Poehlmann Education Center at Bradford Farm, east of Columbia at 4968 S Rangeline Rd, Columbia, MO 65201.  There is no designated “host hotel”.  Participants will be responsible for obtaining their own lodging.

Registration on the MBS website opens August 13, and will be closed as of midnight, September 9 to provide numbers to caterers.  Registrants are asked to select field trip choices as indicators for meeting planners, only.  Actual field trip sign up will be done on arrival at Bradford Farm.

Sign-in will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 23 at the Poehlmann Education Center.  Attendees are encouraged to share recent birding experiences with one another between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. over a buffet meal.  

After welcoming remarks at 7:00 p.m. by MBS president Edge Wade, Dusty Walter, director of the Central Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center, will speak about the University’s agriculture research centers around the state.  Carl Gerhardt, MU Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Science, will then whet our birding appetite with a high-definition video presentation featuring migrant birds we seek in Missouri.

Saturday field trips will depart from various points convenient for parking and appropriate for routes to destinations.  Trip descriptions will feature departure point information.

Buffet service for the Saturday evening banquet at the Poehlmann Center will begin at 6:00 p.m.  “Birder casual” is appropriate attire.  The annual general business meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. will include a brief overview of the year’s MBS Board actions followed by election of Board members and officers.

Julie Zickefoose ‘s presentation, “Saving Jemima:  Life and Love with a Hard-luck Jay” will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday morning field trips will be followed by a noon catered picnic lunch at the Bonnie View Nature Area pavilion, adjacent to the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary with its beautiful restored prairie.  The bird tally session will conclude the weekend events.

Agenda

Friday, September 23, 2022
Rocky Fork Lakes CA, north parking lot at fishing dock 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Field trip
Eric and Joanna Reuter, leaders
Poehlmann Education Center, Bradford Farm 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Field Trip around Bradford Farm
Poehlmann Education Center, Bradford Farm 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm MBS Registration
Poehlmann Education Center, Bradford Farm 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Socializing over an informal buffet meal
Poehlmann Education Center, Bradford Farm 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Welcome and Presentations
Dusty Walter and Carl Gerhardt - Director, Central Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center; and, University of Missouri Department of Biology
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Determined by Trip 7:30 am - 5:00 pm Field Trips
MBS Field Trip Leaders
Poehlmann Education Center, Bradford Farm 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm MBS Board Meeting
MBS Board members
Poehlmann Education Center, Bradford Farm 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm Banquet (birder casual attire)
Dinner
Poehlmann Education Center, Bradford Farm 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm MBS Annual Meeting & Election
Edge Wade - presiding
Poehlmann Education Center, Bradford Farm 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Keynote Presentation, "Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-luck Jay"
Julie Zickefoose
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Field trip destinations 7:30 am - 11:30 am Field Trips
MBS Field Trip Leaders
Bonnie View Nature Area Shelter, 3300 Rollins Rd., Columbia 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Catered Picnic Lunch and Bird Tally Session
   
Friday
Half Day —  Moderate
Bradford Farm
https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=1098 Meet at the Poehlmann Center parking lot at 2 p.m. Explore this unique University of Missouri 600 acre horticulture research farm of gently rolling terrain on foot, walking on gravel roads and mowed grass. The area consists of research plots mixed with ponds, wetlands, grassland, shrub and wooded fence rows. This diverse habitat is reflected in diverse birdlife, notably migrant and wintering open-country species. September is the opening of Bradford's birdiest season. This site is open to birding ONLY BY REGISTERED FIELD TRIP PARTICIPANTS.  Map
Limit 25 participants
Friday
Half Day —  Moderate
Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area
Meet at 1 p.m: Parking lot on the north side of Rocky Fork Lake, accessed by following signs from US 63; lot has pit toilets Trip leaders: Eric & Joanna Reuter will meet the group at the lot. Directions: From Columbia, follow US 63 north and look for large signs for Rocky Fork Lakes CA and Finger Lakes State Park. Turn right/east onto Peabody Rd and travel about 1 mile, past the entrance to Finger Lakes SP. Just after the paved road turns to gravel, turn left along the fork of the road that follows the north side of the lake; lot is at road's end by a fishing dock. Join trip leaders Eric & Joanna Reuter for an afternoon hike at Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area, ~10 miles north of Columbia. This landscape was heavily altered by coal strip mining, but restoration and regrowth have produced complex and interesting ecosystems, including some remnant and restored prairie areas, planted pine groves, and waterways that host an active beaver population. This trip falls within migrating Broad-winged Hawks or other raptors. We got lucky and saw a big kettle of Broad-winged Hawks at this site several years ago (no promises). If birds are otherwise scarce, we'll be happy to talk about the area's geologic history and point out some interesting botanical and ecological features of the landscape. There are multiple interesting trails leading to different prairie habitats within the conservation area. We'll be following the most accessible of these, a mowed road with some gentle hills (but no steep grades) and a diversity of habitats. Maximum out-and-back distance is ~3 miles. This does involve several gravel/rock waterway crossings. Solid footwear is advised. Other resources: - Rocky Fork Lakes CA website (includes detailed map): https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/rocky-fork-lakes-conservation-area - Background video on Missouri coal mining with a partial focus on Rocky Fork, from Eric & Joanna's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/CmqjSy-pqdk  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sat AM
Full Day —  Moderate
Binder Lake & Mokane Rd.--species list 249 & 224
https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=271 Leaving the AC/Grindstone/US 63 commuter lot at 7:30. At Binder, we’ll begin by viewing the small marshy lake below the dam and check out the grasses and nearby creek bottom. We’ll drive into the main lake area, stopping to view the lake from several vantage points, and walk a trail or two to find birds in wooded and shrub areas. We’ll drive Mokane Rd., stopping to look and listen at several points, looking for residents, lingering breeders and migrants. We’ll be especially watchful for Scissor-tailed Flycatchers that breed near the road.  Map
Limit 25 participants
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area--Highest speciesl list for Boone Co.: 292
Meet at the McBaine Katy Trail parking lot, leaving at 8:00. We’ll caravan through Eagle Bluffs, stopping at several points to view fall migrants.  Map
Limit 25 participants
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
Little Dixie Lake CA, Callaway Co.--species list: 224
Leaving Poehlmann parking lot at 7:30 a.m. https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=192 At Little Dixie Lake we will walk short distances on level natural surface trails and a short asphalt trail on the west and east sides of the lake.
We’ll look for some waterfowl, Spotted Sandpiper, a possible 15 species of warbler, and other fall migrants among the area’s resident birds. If we’re lucky, a Franklin’s Gull may cruise the lake.  
Limit 20 participants
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
Perry Philips Lake--species list 175
Leaving the AC/Grindstone/US 63 commuter lot at 7:30. We’ll circumnavigate the lake on a level chert 1.5-mile walking trail looking for residents, lingering summer breeders and fall migrants in the bordering grasslands, and lakeside trees and shrubs, keeping eyes open for anything paddling in the lake.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sat AM
Half Day —  Easy
EASY (limited walking) Birding, Gerhardt Feeders & Missouri River Bluffs
Leaving Cosmo-Bethel parking lot on Bethel Rd. south of Grindstone Pkwy. at 8:00 a.m. THIS TRIP IS ESPECIALLY RECOMMENDED FOR BIRDERS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY WALKING. We will drive to Carl Gerhardt's home on the Missouri River bluffs south of Columbia, then spend a relaxed time watching the feeders and water feature from Carl's front porch. Anyone up to a short walk may explore the property on paths with moderate level walking, leading to a spectacular remnant of blufftop prairie.  
Limit 10 participants
Sat AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Rock Bridge Mem. SP, Devil's Icebox, Springbok & Sinkhole Trs.--203 species
Meet at the Devil’s Icebox parking lot at 7:30. Enjoy a visit to one of Missouri’s prettiest state parks. This walk will include moderate walking on trails and a boardwalk with beautiful woodland trails with lots of opportunities to see migrating warblers and vireos.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sat AM
Half Day —  Moderate
3M Wetlands--species list: 185
https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=1401 Meet at the Forum Nature Area parking lot on Forum Blvd. at 8:00. Situated along a spur of the Katy Trail, right in Columbia, this is an easy walk on a wide, level chert trail through woodlands. We’ll have a good chance for migrating warblers and vireos as well as Lincoln’s sparrows.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sat AM
Half Day —  Strenuous
Three Creeks Conservation Area--species list 167
Meet athe the AC/63 Commuter lot at 8:00 a.m. and drive to the parking area at the end of Deer Park Rd. The 1500+ acre area is a rugged landscape at the junction of three small streams. Ridgetops are flat with open grassland and shrubs, but most is heavily wooded forest along steep bluffs and narrow stream bottoms. This is a great place to find bird of both deep woods and open country. We will bird along the Turkey Creek interpretive nature trail which forms loops from 1 to 3 miles in length. This trail is well-maintained, but the terrain is often steep. Wear sturdy shoes that can handle an occasional shallow creek crossing.  Map
Limit 15 participants
Sat PM
Half Day —  Moderate
Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary (CANS) species list: 168
https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=1324 Meet at the CANS parking lot on Bray Avenue at 1:30 This is a walk through restored prairie and woodlands on paved and natural surface trails with moderate inclines, perfect for migrating warblers and vireos.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sat PM
Half Day —  Moderate
3M Wetlands-species list: 185
https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=1401 Meet at the Forum Nature Area parking lot on Forum Blvd. at 1:30. Situated along a spur of the Katy Trail, right in Columbia, this is an easy walk on a wide, level chert trail through woodlands. We’ll have a good chance for migrating warblers and vireos as well as Lincoln’s sparrows.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sat PM
Half Day —  Moderate
Wild Haven Nature Area--species ist:141
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at northeast end of Moser's Grocery parking lot, 900 N. Keene St. for the drive to the Wild Haven parking area at 6900 E. O'Rear Rd. Wild Haven is a 100 acre+ protected nature area north of Columbia owned by Columbia Audubon Society along a one-mile stretch of Hinkson Creek. Habitats include native and restored grassland, open oak woodland, ponds, and floodplain forest. We will explore this beautiful area on foot along well-marked trails, with a few sections that are rocky and moderately steep. We should find a diverse collection of resident and migrant songbirds.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sat PM
Half Day —  Moderate
Rocky Fork Lakes CA--3rd highest Boone Co. species list: 213
https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=143 Meet at Moser’s Supermarket (northwest corner of lot) 900 N. Keene St. at 1:30 to caravan to Rocky Fork Lakes. Trip leader will determine what trail will be walked in search of summer resident and fall migrant passerines. Trails are mostly level, natural surface past small lakes and through woods and/or grassland.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
Cosmo-Bethel Park--species list: 141
Meet at the main parking lot on Bethel St., south of Grindstone Pkwy. At 8:00. This is an easy stroll on a paved walkway around the lake in this 40-acre park. Mowed grassland, lakeside shrubs and some small wooded areas provide a variety of bird possibilities. Mute Swans have bred on the lake. Fall migrant warblers and vireos may be present.  Map
Limit 16 participants
Sat PM
Half Day —  Easy
Eagle Bluffs CA
Meet at the McBaine Katy Trail parking lot, leaving at 1:30. We’ll caravan through Eagle Bluffs, stopping at several points to view fall migrants.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sun AM
Half Day —  Moderate
3M Wetlands--species list 185
3M Wetlands--species list: 196 https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=1324 Meet at the Forum Nature Area parking lot on Forum Blvd. at 8:00. Situated along a spur of the Katy Trail, right in Columbia, this is an easy walk on a wide, level chert trail through woodlands. We’ll have a good chance for migrating warblers and vireos as well as Lincoln’s sparrows.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sun AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary (CANS)
https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=1324 Meet at the Bonnie View Nature Area parking lot, 3300 Rollins Rd. at 8:00. This walk has some paved walkway and some natural surface trail with moderate inclines through restored prairie and woodlands, perfect for migrating warblers and vireos.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sun AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Bradford Farm
https://mobirds.org/Locations/SiteDetail.aspx?id=1098 Meet at the Poehlmann Center parking lot at 8:00 a.m. Explore this unique University of Missouri 600 acre horticulture research farm of gently rolling terrain on foot, walking on gravel roads and mowed grass. The area consists of research plots mixed with ponds, wetlands, grassland, shrub and wooded fence rows. This diverse habitat is reflected in diverse birdlife, notably migrant and wintering open-country species. September is the opening of Bradford's birdiest season. This site is open to birding ONLY BY REGISTERED FIELD TRIP PARTICIPANTS.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sun AM
Half Day —  Moderate
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Karst Trail--species list 155
Meet at Karst Trail lot at 8:00 This is a walk on natural surface trails through grassland with some woodland intrusions. We’ll be looking for lingering summer residents, as well as migrants.  Map
Limit 20 participants
Sun AM
Half Day —  Easy
Fairview Park and Bonnie View Nature Area (for EASY birding)
Meet at the Bonnie View Nature Area parking lot, 3300 Rollins Rd. at 8:00. We’ll take a slow walk along paved walkways looking for lingering summer nesters and migrant songbirds as we keep an eye skyward for raptors.  Map
Limit 20 participants