MoBirders, KsBirders, Etc.
This is a reminder for the ASM sponsored birding day at Smithville hosted by the Burroughs Audubon Society on Saturday, December 7, 2002.  All are welcome to join us for a day of birding and fellowship.
Below is a reprint of the original message.  Be sure, if you are coming from across the state, to make your hotel reservations in advance and BIRDERS BEWARE --THERE IS ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN SMITHVILLE.  Hwy 169 for 2-3 miles is under construction.  They re widening the highway and maneurering through this will take a little time.  Look forward to seeing you in December.
ASM is sponsoring a State Birding Day to be held on Saturday, December 7, 2002 at Smithville Lake, Clay County, Missouri.  Jim and Ellen Zellmer of Burroughs Audubon Society in the Greater Kansas City area are hosting this all-day birding event.  
Meeting time will be at 8:00 a.m. at the Litton Visitor's Center located on DD Highway just east of the dam.  We will meet in the parking lot.  This field trip will cover all waterfowl that can be expected at this time (i.e., loons, grebes, ducks, geese, scoters).  If time permits, we will also cover the north portion of Smithville Lake which will include sparrows, finches and possibly short-eared owls in the late afternoon.
For those coming from a distance, there are motel accommodations both in Smithville and in Kearney, MO.  Listed below are some of the motels along with the phone numbers.  Prices on average will run $45-$60/night for 1-2 occupancy.  Call for further details and to make your reservations.
Super 8
112 Cuttings Drive (169 Highway just north of Mo 92), Smithville
816 532 3088
Country Hearth Inn & Suites
601 Centerville, Kearney
816 628 5000
(this motel is the newest one in Kearney)

Econo Lodge
505 Shanks Ave., Kearney
816 628 5111

Days Inn of Kearney
400 Platte Clay Way, Kearney
816 628 2288

Super 8 Kearney
210 Platte Clay Way, Kearney
816 628 6800

There will be planned stops for breaks and lunch in Smithville.  You may also bring your lunch and snack items if you wish.  As always, watch the weather forecast beforehand and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  There will be some light hiking on trails.  For any additional information concerning carpooling for those coming from the east side of the state, or caravaning, please contact Edge Wade at [log in to unmask].  For all other questions, please contact Jim and Ellen Zellmer using the information below.
Jim and Ellen Zellmer
Burroughs Audubon Field Trip Coordinators
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Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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