April 7* - Newton Illinois. Please join us on a field trip to see the Greater
Prairie Chickens boom. The spring courtship display is very exciting and for
many of us it will be the first time to see the bird and their courtship
display. Newton Illinois is about a four hour drive from most parts of greater
Nashville. We need to be in place at Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, 4295 N.
1000th St., Newton, IL, 62448 a half hour before daybreak. Sunrise is 6:26 a.m.
so we would aim to be in place between 5:45 and 6:00 a.m.. (For detailed site
information please email: littleowl48@xxxxxxxxx and put "Prairie Chickens" in
the subject line.
Bring a telescope, binoculars and dress for the weather.
You will need to make your own hotel arrangements. There are two hotels nearby.
The Cobblestone Hotel and Suites in Newton, IL <www.staycobblestone.com> and
the Holiday Inn in Salem, IL (near 1-57)
Make your reservations sooner rather than later, as the hotels tend to fill up
at this time of year.
*If it is rainy or foggy on the 7th, we will have to postpone until Sunday,
April 8th as there would be no chance of seeing the birds or the courtship
display. (Watch for alerts Friday, on the Face Book page, or in TN-Bird email,
if weather is iffy,)
April 29 (SUNDAY) - Ken Oeser will lead us on a field trip of Rockland
Recreation Area, April 29th, 7 a.m., at Old Hickory Dam in Hendersonville,
We will meet at the end of Power Plant Road at 7 a.m. Enter the park and stay
right. After a half mile, take a right at the stop sign and continue a quarter
mile to the end of the road and parking spots on the left. Warblers and
Orioles are common here in migration, and water birds can be found below and
above the dam. The best birding is in the field next to the parking area,
where birds feed, nest, and sing from the trees. Trails also go into the woods
in several directions.
May 5 - Rutherford/Wilson County. Steven Zipperer will lead us around the
beautiful country roads of Rutherford and Wilson Counties. Target birds are
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Loggerhead Shrike, Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow,
Lark Sparrows and many others. Meet at Discovery Center in Murfreesboro, SE
Broad (Hwy 41) at 7:30 a.m. or meet to carpool from Cumberland Science Museum
(lower parking lot) and leave no later than 6:30 a.m. We will be out half the
day, fast food and bathrooms will be available.
June 9 - Birding by Kayak. Meet at 7 A.M. "Hook 1 Outfitters," 127 Saunders
Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN. We are limited to 10 participants. I will have
to have a DEFINITE SIGN UP LIST. Let me know before 10 A.M. June 7th.
(littleowl48@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:littleowl48@xxxxxxxxx>) if you would like to go.
It will be on a "first come, first serve” basis.
Hook 1 Outfitters is not charging us a rental fee for the kayaks. They may like
a few pictures for their bulletin board and for their website instead.
It was suggested that we: bring water, snacks, (in waterproof bags); do not
wear cotton. rather wear material that dries quickly; wear a hat, and use sun
Tarcila Fox, NTOS Field Trip Coordinator