Field Trip to Paris Landing & Kentucky Lake – Saturday, 18 February 2017

The John W Sellars Chapter of TOS would normally meet on Saturday, 18 February 2017, the 3rd Saturday of the month, but the TOS winter gathering is that weekend, 17-19 February at Paris Landing State Park. Consequently, our normal meeting at Cedars of Lebanon will not occur. Members of the Lebanon Birding Club are encouraged to attend the TOS gathering, and make a weekend of it.

However, if you cannot commit to a whole weekend of birding, Stephen Zipperer will be leading a field trip around Paris Landing and Kentucky Lake beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, 18 February 2017 and all of our members are invited. Meet in front of the Paris Landing State Park Lodge by 8:00 a.m.

Sack-LunchThis is an all day event so bring lunch, drinks and any snacks you may want. It takes at least 2.5 hours to get to Paris Landing State Park from Lebanon, so we will be organizing a carpool or caravan to get there by 8 AM.

What will we see?

snow-goose-0110Waterfowl! Lots of waterfowl! Ducks and geese galore: Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose, Cackling Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose are all possible. Black Duck, American  Wigeon, Gadwall,  Canvasback, Redhead, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Lesser and Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Goldeneye, and various Merganser are certain. Also, we will see lots of gulls. Bonaparte’s, Lesser Black Backed, Herring, and Ring-billed gulls are a given, And… AND, in addition to Bald Eagles, we could see a Golden Eagle!

If you plan to join us for the trip, please drop us a note at lebanonbirding@gmail.com or complete the form below. Knowing how many to expect will allow Stephen to plan the trip. Simply email us your name, how many birders you expect in your party, whether you are willing to drive or prefer to ride, and if possible include a cell phone number so that we can communicate during the trip if necessary or in the event of inclement weather.

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Kentucky Lake Field Trip  –  18 February 2017

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Field Trip to Wheeler NWR – Saturday, 21 January 2017

SANDHILL-CRANEThe Lebanon Birding Club – John W Sellars Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society is heading to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge [ Wheeler NWR website ] near Decatur, Alabama on Saturday, 21 January 2017, and you are invited. This field trip will take the place of our regularly scheduled meeting,  and as always, you do not have to be a member of our club to  participate  in our field trips. All are welcome.

We will meet at the Wheeler NWR Visitor Center parking lot at 9:00 AM on Saturday, 21 January 2017. Plans are to bird the refuge first,  hit a few other hotspots in the area, have lunch at a nearby restaurant, then more birding in the afternoon before coming home.

Please Sign Up!

If you plan to join us on the field trip Saturday, please complete the brief online sign-up form here:  [ Wheeler NWR Sign-Up Form ]. We would like to know how many plan to make the trip to 1) possibly coordinate a carpool or two, and 2) make arrangements for lunch. Plus, it’s nice to have contact information in the event of a change of plans. It only takes a minute to complete the form. Thanks.

What Will I See?

Expect to see Sandhill cranes by the thousands, Whooping cranes, thousands of ducks and geese of all stripes and colors, and many other birds. Be sure to bring your binoculars, cameras, scopes, water to drink, and dress appropriately.

The refuge visitor center opens at 9:00 AM and is located at 3121 Visitor Center Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Click the image below for the [ Google map ]. The lat/long coordinates for the visitor center are: 34.54742, -86.951081

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