Next MBS Meeting

Join Us at Field Trips at many locations; meeting, Statewide October 10 - 10
Register Here By 10/9/2020
Keynote Speaker - Sarah Kendrick - Motus: Tracking Bird Migration in Missouri
In response to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the Missouri Birding Society has organized the 2020 Fall Meeting in a different format than usual. There will be multiple one-day field trips to a wide variety of Missouri birding sites to allow as many birders as possible access to the trips without excessive travel. Please note the variety of dates offered in the field trip list below and on your registration form. 

Field trip leaders and attendees will practice physical distancing to ensure everyone's continued health. Most field trips have a limit on the number of participants in the interest of safety. Carpooling with people outside your "Covid bubble" is not recommend, and trip leaders will be meeting participants on site. No meal options are being provided by MBS, therefore participants may want to bring a bag lunch to share a socially-distanced meal with their fellow birders.   

This series of field trips across the state will culminate in a virtual meeting to be held on Zoom the evening of October 10th at 6:30 p.m. Those who register for the MBS Fall Meeting will receive a link and instructions on how to access the Zoom meeting. At the start of the meeting, President Bill Eddleman will give a welcome address and introduce the keynote presentation from State Ornithologist Sarah Kendrick. After the keynote presentation the board will announce the tallies from all the field trips and conduct the annual general business meeting.    

MBS will also provide the opportunity for those who are not familiar with Zoom to join a practice meeting on October 8th at 7:00 p.m. At this practice, MBS volunteers will walk you through the functions of Zoom to ensure that you have a pleasant experience at the October 10th meeting. 

Birders of all levels are welcome at the meeting and field trips.  A membership with MBS is not required to register for the meeting or field trips.  If you are not currently an MBS member, there are many benefits to be considered which can be viewed here: https://mobirds.org/ASM/Membership.aspx.

We ask that you please keep your registration for field trips to two or less in a geographic region, so that many people have the chance to attend trips. We recommend that participants bring sack lunches in case there is an opportunity to bird longer and/or share a socially-distanced picnic meal on half-day trips.   

There is no charge for the 2020 Fall Meeting, but donations to the Missouri Birding Society are always appreciated.  

Agenda

Friday, September 25, 2020
Various locations 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Field Trips - See Listing
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Various locations 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Field Trips - See Listing
Sunday, September 27, 2020
St. Louis area 7:00 am - 1:00 pm Field Trip - see listing
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
St. Louis area 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Field Trip - see listing
Thursday, October 1, 2020
St. Louis area 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Field Trip - see listing
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Various locations 7:00 am - 1:00 pm Field Trips - see listing
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Saline County 7:30 am - 1:00 pm Field Trip - see listing
Monday, October 5, 2020
St. Louis area 7:30 am - 12:00 pm Field Trip - see listing
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
St. Louis area 7:30 am - 12:00 pm Field Trip - see listing
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Zoom - online 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Zoom practice session for new users
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Various locations 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Field Trips - See Listing
Zoom - online 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Keynote address and membership meeting
   
Friday, Sep 25
Half Day —  Moderate
Pershing State Park and surrounding areas
Bird Pershing State Park, Fountain Grove CA and Swan Lake NWR with MBS Board Member Terry McNeely. Meet at the Pershing State Park boardwalk parking area at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 25th  
Limit 12 participants
Friday, Sep 25
Half Day —  Moderate
Big Sugar Creek State Park
Bird Big Sugar Creek State Park in McDonald County with MBS Board Member/MDC Educator Jeff Cantrell. Meet at Big Sugar Creek State Park parking lot (east of Pineville, MO) at 3:00 p.m. Depending on the birding, we will either hike the 3 mile loop or hike in approximately a mile and retrace our steps back. Caution, this is a rocky, uneven trail with typical Ozark hills/hollows. We will practice safe spacing as we hike and for this reason will keep our group small. We are hoping for some nice woodland and Neotropical migrants.  
Limit 10 participants
Saturday, Sep 26
Half Day —  Moderate
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
Join MBS Board Member Lottie Bushmann and long-time Columbia Audubon Society members John Besser, Edge Wade and Eric Wood in birding Rock Bridge Memorial State Park (RBMSP). We will meet at the Devil's Icebox parking lot and divide into small groups of 4-5 birders and head out into RBMSP to look for fall migrants. Possible destinations are the Devil's Icebox boardwalk, the Sinkhole trail, the Springbrook trail, the Gans Creek trail, Karst trail, and Grassland Trail. We ask all participants to wear masks (even though we'll be outdoors, simply because it's hard to stay 6 ft. apart and enjoy views of the same bird!) and to use social distancing as much as possible. All abilities of birders welcome. We will arrange one experienced guide per group. We will meet at 7:45 a.m. and head out from 8:00 to 11:00. We encourage participants to bring a sack lunch and bag chair and hang around afterwards and enjoy a socially distanced picnic.  
Saturday, Sep 26
Half Day —  Moderate
Mark Twain National Forest
MBS Board Member Cindy Bridges and MBS Member Steve Paes will lead a small group to view the newly-reintroduced Brown-headed Nuthatch. Please contact Cindy for more details: cjontheriver@yahoo.com  
Limit 10 participants
Saturday, Sep 26
Half Day —  Easy
Peck Ranch
Bird Peck Ranch CA with MBS Member Reva Dow. We will walk the half mile nature trail and also drive/stop along the elk driving tour. We should find several woodpeckers along with migrating warblers and vireos. Grasslands attract sparrows, meadowlarks, and other grassland birds. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. For more information contact Reva at reva.dow@mdc.mo.gov  
Limit 10 participants
Saturday, Sep 26
Half Day —  Easy
Bicentennial Conservation Area
Bird Bicentennial Conservation Area in Newton County with MBS Board Member/MDC Educator Jeff Cantrell. Meet at Bicentennial Conservation Area (Mort Walker trail parking lot) at 7:30am. This area starts with a wide paved trail in an upland white oak dominated forest. We will eventually take some logging roads and horse trails in the conservation area but will still have a wider/easier walk. The area is mostly secondary forest and succession. This is a convenient birding area close to the Neosho city limits and Crowder Community College.  
Limit 10 participants
Saturday, Sep 26
Half Day —  Easy
Schell-Osage Conservation Area
Bird Schell-Osage with Erik Ost and Matt Longabaugh of the Missouri River Bird Observatory. This CA has a wide variety of habitats so there is sure to be a diversity of species and maybe some surprises! Meet at the Schell-Osage headquarters at 7:30 a.m..  
Limit 10 participants
Saturday, Sep 26
Half Day —  Easy
Otter Slough Conservation Area
Bird Otter Slough with MBS President Bill Eddleman. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Cape Girardeau MDC Nature Center, or at the Otter Slough HQ at 8 a.m.  
Limit 12 participants
Saturday, Sep 26
Full Day —  Easy
Carlyle Lake, IL
MBS Board Members Mike Grant and Tommy Goodwin will lead a two part field trip to Carlyle Lake, IL and the surrounding area. The morning will begin with terrestrial birding around Eldon-Hazlett State Park followed by a pelagic adventure on Carlyle Lake. Birds of interest include potential Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Red Phalarope, Sabine's Gull, and good opportunities for odd gulls/terns/jaegers. Since part of this trip includes a boat rental, attendees will need to contribute $40 each to offset the rental cost. Meet at the McDonald's in Carlyle, IL (at Highways 50 and 127) at 7:30 AM. The pelagic will be from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Bring water and sunscreen; do not forget to bring a mask as quarters can be close on the boat. Restrooms should be available for all portions of the trip except the pelagic. If the field trip is full and you are still interested or want additional info, please contact Tommy at tjgbp7@mst.edu; we may be able to get additional boats.  
Limit 10 participants
Sunday, Sep 27
Half Day —  Easy
Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
MBS Board Treasurer Tommy Goodwin will be leading a field trip at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, MO. Birds of interest include many passerine species, shorebirds, ducks, and gulls. This field trip will meet at the Teal Pond parking lot off Wise Road at 07:30 AM, and will end by 12:00 PM. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing as necessary during this trip. Please bring your spotting scope if you own one. Pit toilets are available on Riverlands Way, but the Visitor Center is closed. Please contact Tommy Goodwin at tjgbp7@mst.edu for more information.  
Limit 12 participants
Tuesday, Sep 29
Half Day —  Moderate
Forest Park
Pat Lueders, former MBS Board Treasurer and Naturalist Journeys birding guide, will lead a field trip at Forest Park in St. Louis City, MO. Birds of interest for this field trip include mainly passerines, usually in good quantities. This field trip will meet at the Pavilion #11 off the north side of Wells Drive at 8:00 AM, and will end by 12:00 PM. The walk will be about two miles over mostly easy terrain, with dirt/mud possible in the last mile. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing as necessary during this trip. There are restrooms near the parking lot, but if those are closed there are other options available nearby. Please contact Pat Lueders at pllueders479@aol.com for more information.  
Limit 12 participants
Thursday, Oct 1
Half Day —  Moderate
Weldon Springs Conservation Area
Join eBird Reviewer Diane Bricmont for a field trip at Weldon Springs Conservation Area in Weldon Springs, MO; this field trip will consist of birding the Blue Grosbeak Trail and then reconvening at Lost Valley Trail. Birds of interest for this field trip will include many grassland passerines at Blue Grosbeak Trail and woodland passerines at Lost Valley Trail. This field trip will meet at the Blue Grosbeak Trailhead off Highway 94 at 8:00 AM (on the east side of Highway 94 between Research Parkway and Highway D approximately 1 mile south of Interstate 64). The field trip will end around 1:00 PM, but will have a bathroom break at the Busch CA porta-potties between destinations. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing as necessary during this trip. Please contact Diane Bricmont at colaptes.auratus@gmail.com for more information.  
Limit 12 participants
Saturday, Oct 3
Half Day —  Easy
Creve Coeur Lake/Little Creve Coeur Marsh
MBS Member Jessie Goodwin will be leading a field trip at Creve Coeur Lake and Little Creve Coeur Marsh in Maryland Heights, MO. Potential birds of interest for this field trip include Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, other duck species, bitterns, rails, herons, and many passerine species. This field trip will meet at the Taco Bell shelter (furthest south shelter on the east side of Creve Coeur Lake) at 7:30 AM and end before 12:00 PM. After birding Creve Coeur Lake the group will regroup at Little Creve Coeur Marsh for the remainder of the morning. Creve Coeur Lake should have restrooms available, but the only porta-potty at Little Creve Coeur Marsh is construction related and may not be available. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing as necessary during this trip. Please contact Jessie Goodwin at jyhgy9@umsystem.edu for more information.  
Limit 12 participants
Saturday, Oct 3
Half Day —  Moderate
Bois D'Arc Conservation Area
Bird Bois D'Arc CA with Big Year birder and educator Kendell Loyd. This CA has a lot of grassland that will offer the season's first sparrows, as well as woodland for any migrating warblers. There are a few locations that have hosted shorebirds in the past. Barn Owls are also a possibility. Meet in the Headquarters parking lot at 8:00 a.m. We will likely begin around the headquarters and then drive to other parking lots to utilize certain habitats. We expect to bird from 8:00 a.m. to noon (longer if people want).  
Limit 10 participants
Sunday, Oct 4
Half Day —  Moderate
Van Meter State Park and Grand Pass Conservation Area
Bird these Saline County sites with MBS Vice President Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke of the Missouri River Bird Observatory. Meet at the Van Meter State Park HQ at 7:30 a.m. We will walk the accessible parts of the Van Meter boardwalk trail, head up the hill to the overlook, and finish with a driving/stopping-for-birds tour of Grand Pass. Field trip will conclude approximately 1:00 p.m. We ask that participants wear masks when we are hiking or stopped to gather 'round a view of a bird.  
Limit 10 participants
Monday, Oct 5
Half Day —  Moderate
Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area
Join Missouri Bird Records Committee member Bill Rowe for a field trip at Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area in St Charles, MO. Birds of interest for this field trip include ducks, other water birds, perhaps shorebirds, and many passerine species. We will meet at Teal Pond, Riverlands, at 7:30 AM, and will caravan from there to the starting point; the trip will end by noon. Note: This area is accessible only on foot and requires a fair amount of walking on flat gravel roads. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing as necessary during this trip. A porta-potty will be available at the MTC parking lot in the middle of the trip. Please contact Bill Rowe at rowemb45@gmail.com for more information.  
Limit 12 participants
Wednesday, Oct 7
Half Day —  Moderate
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
MBS Member John Nash will be leading a field trip at Busch Conservation Area in Weldon Springs, MO. Birds of interest for this field trip include ducks, herons, and many passerine species. This field trip will be involve quite a bit of easy walking, but it will be broken into small sections across multiple habitats. This field trip will meet at the Busch Headquarters at 7:30 AM, and will end by 12:00 PM. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing as necessary during this trip. Bathrooms at the headquarters are closed, but porta-potties throughout the conservation area are still accessible. Please contact John Nash at jnsport@gmail.com for more information.  
Limit 12 participants
Saturday, Oct 10
Half Day —  Easy
Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge
Join MBS Board Member Sherry Leonardo for a tour of Loess Bluffs. This will primarily be an auto tour with frequent stops for birding. Meet at 8 am in the parking lot of the visitor’s center at Loess Bluffs NWR. The center is closed, but the restrooms are open. People should bring drinks, snacks, lunch, radio and spotting scope, if they have one, to avoid sharing scopes. They might also want to bring a chair in case there aren’t enough picnic tables to maintain social-distancing. The field trip will likely continue into the afternoon.  
Limit 12 participants
Saturday, Oct 10
Half Day —  Moderate
Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie
Join Matt Longabaugh and Erik Ost of the Missouri River Bird Observatory for a walk into the prairies. Matt and Erik survey birds at Wah'Kon-Tah daily, so they can bring you to the best spots! Taberville Prairie may also be visited if time allows and participants are interested in doing so. Meet at the Wah'Kon-Tah seed shop (on SW 900 Rd. about 1/4 mile east of where SW 900 meets SW 1151) as early as 7:00 a.m. if you'd like to listen for quail coveys. Trip will begin at 7:30 a.m.  
Limit 10 participants
Saturday, Oct 10
Half Day —  Strenuous
B.K. Leach Conservation Area
Join Missouri Bird Records Committee Member/eBird Reviewer Joshua Uffman and eBird Reviewer Diane Bricmont for a field trip to B.K. Leach Conservation Area in Elsberry, MO. Target birds for this field trip will include rails and sparrows, including a chance at Yellow Rail. This field trip will meet at the gravel parking lot on the north (left) side of Highway M approximately 2.3 miles east of Highway 79 at 7:30 AM, and will run until 1:00 PM. There are no restrooms available at the conservation area, but we will stop in Elsberry between B.K. Leach locations. This field trip will involve intense walking in very close proximity to each other through potentially tall grass and water; wear appropriate footwear and please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing as necessary during this trip. This field trip is limited to a total of 15 people. Please contact Josh Uffman at birdsandbugs@sbcglobal.net for more information.  
Limit 15 participants