Upcoming Field Trips
Pursuit of Winter Treasures
Sunday, January 14, 12:30 p.m.
Winter's seemingly barren landscape can pose a formidable challenge for those who seek avian treasures, but cheer up fellow birders, it's not impossible. Conditions that influence availability of food sources have pushed some great birds into our area this winter. Uncommon visitors like redpolls, crossbills, and snowy owls have all made an appearance in our region this season and potentially could be seen again throughout the winter months.
Our January field trip will take us to birding hotspots at the north edge of Omaha for our quest. Our target species will depend on who is present at the time, but hopefully common redpolls will still be feasting on the seedy vegetation by Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, and winter wrens may be bopping along the wooded stream habitat in nearby park areas. If a snowy owl or red crossbills are located in the vicinity in the days immediately preceding our outing, we'll incorporate those rarities into our search as well. If we are still in the area at dusk, we'll swing by Carter Lake to watch the locally wintering trumpeter swans congregate at their nighttime roost.
Meet at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, in Lincoln on the south side of the Capitol at 15th and H streets across from the governor's mansion. Participants can either caravan or carpool for the 60-mile drive. Anyone preferring to meet in Omaha can join the group around 1:45 p.m. on the north edge of Hummel Park in the parking lot off Ponca Road. Dress for some winter hiking and bring a water bottle and binoculars if you have them. There is no fee and the public is welcome. If you have questions, call John at 402-475-7275.