Places To Go and Sightings
Field Trip to Milford Lake - Join us on Saturday, 13-Jun-2015; as we tag along with Chuck Otte for a Bird/Nature Walk in the Milford Lake area. See details at link: http://birdinginkansas.com/Walks.htm. Walks meet at 8 a.m. on the south end of the Milford Lake Dam (across the road from the Corps of Engineers Milford Lake Project Office, 5203 North K-57 Junction City, Kansas 66441). Participants with Smoky Hills Audubon Society should meet at the McDonald's parking lot located at Crawford and Broadway in Salina, Kansas at 6:40 a.m. and be prepared to depart immediately for Junction City. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring along binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. Chuck Otte is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced birder. Field Trip to Big Oak Park - Want to try and find a Pileated Woodpecker? How about Warblers? Smoky Hills Audubon Society is conducting a field trip on Saturday, May 9, 2015 to Big Oak Park at El Dorado Lake. If interested, meet at the McDonald's parking lot at Crawford and Broadway at 7 a.m. on May 9. Carpooling is encouraged. There is a fee to enter the State Park. Plan to return to Salina around 1 or 2 p.m. Don't miss a chance to see the largest woodpecker in North America, and famous as the basis for Woody Woodpecker. Greater Prairie Chicken - Lek viewing in Kansas (19-March to 19-April-2015) Location: Konza Prairie Biological Station. Directions Click HERE For more information Click HERE For program information: Jill Haukos, Director of Education, Phone: 785/587-0381, E-mail: konzaed@ksu.edu To schedule a tour or a viewing of Prairie-chickens: Hallie Hatfield, Assistant Environmental Educator, Phone: 785/587-0381, E-mail: keeped@ksu.edu Cost: $25 per person Time: Thursday - Sunday, arrival before first light (Saturdays are fully booked already, but still openings Thur, Fri, and Sundays, update provided on 17-Mar from Hallie Hatfield) Description: Viewing the courtship behavior of the Greater Prairie-chicken will be allowed by reservation only and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Konza Prairie Biological Station and the Konza Environmental Education Program offer guided tours from an observation blind, four weeks each spring. The observation blind can seat six to eight persons, and smaller groups are asked to share the blind with others. Through ports in the seated blind, visitors come within 75 to 150 yards of 5 to 10 booming birds. Peak activity on the Konza Prairie main lek occurs in early April. Visiting Niobrara Sanctuary (Price range $100 to $250 per night)