Red Cliffs Audubon
2013-2014 Field Trip & Meeting Schedule
For all our trips you will need to bring your lunch and snacks (cold pizza is always good) and plenty of water. Dress according to the weather and don't forget your hat, binoculars and 2-way radios. Car-pooling is always encouraged, saves gas and more important there is not enough safe parking place where we stop. A long line of cars has drawn attention by the sheriff in the past. Talking about birds with other people is half the fun.
Watch for details, more info and updates on your e-mail, at our Red Cliffs web site and in the newspaper. Field trips destinations occasionally change, especially end of year trips to areas that are susceptible to fire. It is especially important to check the monthly updates if you plan on meeting the group at any place other than St. George BLM.
Notice: Please read our liability waiver regarding future field trips. This signed form will be required for field trip participation and can be submitted to the field trip guide or a Red Cliffs Audubon representative prior to departure. Thanks for your cooperation--we appreciate it!
**We are also planning longer field trips. Some will be overnight. To be announced later.
Will have access of van for transportation. - Leader: Kevin Wheeler
**Any changes to schedule will be updated on this site. Or for more information, call 435 673-0996. Just in case you don't know where we hold our meetings (announced monthly) or meet for field trips, the Tonaquint Nature Park is located at 1851 S. Dixie Dr. (map) and the BLM is located at 345 E. Riverside Dr. (map)
December 2013 – There will be no field trips in December, but please join us for any (or all) of the local Christmas Bird Counts. We regularly help out with (or sponsor) the Cedar City, Silver Reef, St. George, and Zion counts. Watch for dates at our website: http://www.redcliffsaudubon.org
January 2014 - Field Trips will be coordinated with the Winter Bird Festival. Please check the Festival Schedule, and accompany one of the great field trips there.
February 15, 2014 - Local Ponds and strange ducks This trip will concentrate on hitting local areas, particularly ponds (including a couple golf course ponds) and riparian habitats to look for wintering waterfowl and songbirds. Expect to see several species of waterfowl, possibly including Snow, Ross’s, or Greater White-fronted Gooses, Wood ducks, and several really mixed-up domestics. Leave the St. George BLM at 8:00 am, bring lunch, or we can pick up one along the way.
March 14, 2014 - Greater Sage-Grouse near Parowan Gap (location may change), Leader: Nicole Frey This is a favorite annual trip – if you missed it last year, you won’t want to this time! The Greater Sage-Grouse, once a common resident of the sagebrush lands in Utah, is now rare in the state. Watching its lekking behavior as the male struts trying to impress the females is a one-of-a-kind experience. We will be traveling to one of the larger leks nearby to view them. Leader Nicole Frey has been working on Greater Sage-Grouse recovery, and will share with us her knowledge of their behavior and secretive lives. We will leave the St. George BLM office at 4:30 AM (NOTICE THE EARLY TIME: we must arrive at the Lek before sunrise to not disturb the birds.) Bring lunch, and you may want warm clothes.
April 12, 2014 – Lytle Ranch. This locality is sometimes known as the gem of southern Utah birding. Many specialties can be seen here more regularly than anywhere else in the state, particularly Mojave specialties like Inca and White-winged Doves, Phainopepla, and Roadrunner. Spring migration will be in full swing here right now. Leave the St. George BLM at 7:00 am. Bring lunch.
May 17, 2014 – Kolob Terraces, Kolob Reservoir. This is a great drive to do in the spring, with local higher elevation birds nesting and showing off, and some migrants still working their way through. We’ll look for woodpeckers and Osprey near Kolob Reservoir, Wild Turkey, Mountain Bluebirds, and more. Leave the St. George BLM at 7:00 am. Bring Lunch.
June 11, 2014 - Oak Grove. When St. George gets too hot, we all get out! We’ll head to the high country at Oak Grove Campground below scenic Pine Valley Mountain. We should find good mountain-loving species, including Hermit Thrush, MacGillivray’s Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Brown Creeper. Meet at the St. George BLM office in St. George at 7:00 am, and bring lunch.
July 12, 2014 - Pine Valley. When it gets too hot in St. George, we don’t stick around! Head for the hills, and look for mountain birds in July. We should be able to find Steller’s Jays, Clark’s Nutcrackers, Chipping Sparrows, a couple kinds of warblers, and more. An optional hour (or a bit longer if we see good stuff) uphill hike will be included. We will eat a picnic lunch in the cool shade of the ponderosas. Leave the St. George BLM at 7:00 am. If you have additional field trip ideas, want to lead a trip (or more), or have questions, please let me know. Contact Field Trip Coordinator Kevin Wheeler at email@example.com
There are no August field trips.
If you have additional field trip ideas, want to lead a trip (or more), or have questions, please let me know.
Contact Field Trip Coordinator Kevin Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 13, 2013: "Tools to Make Birding More Enjoyable" - speaker Tom Richardson. Location: Tonaquint Nature Center, 7:00 p.m.
December 11, 2013: "Are You Ready for the Christmas Bird Count?" - speaker Kevin Wheeler. Location: Tonaquint Nature Center, 7:00 p.m.
January: No general meeting due to the St. George Winter Bird Festival. Please join us there!
For further information contact Red Cliffs Audubon
at P. O. Box 1225, St. George, Utah, 84771 or
For membership information contact Marilyn Davis (email@example.com)
Y E A R L Y A G E N D A
TO EDUCATE PUBLIC ABOUT BIRDS OF SOUTHERN UTAH
**Monthly General Meetings (2nd Wednesday of each month)
Presentations about birds, habitat, and environment
**Monthly Field Trips with Bird Specialists (Saturday following 2nd Wednesday's General Meeting)
**Weekly column in Senior Sampler "Artists and Birds"
**Annual Christmas Bird Counts
**St. George Winter Bird Festival
**Bird Identification Classes for all ages
**Birds in Flight - Annual Water Fair for Elementary Schools
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