I would prefer to answer this in private, but because no
e-mail address was given, I will reply publicly. I am also assuming, James, that
you are in the St. Louis area since you inquired about the WGNSS walk
(no location was given either)
IMO, the Saturday WGNSS walks are better suited for
adults with some birding experience. The Sunday WGNSS walks might be a more
suitable pace for kids, but would ask the trip co-ordinator, Kent Lannert.
The St. Louis Audubon Society (SLAS) walks welcome
all levels of birders and help will be provided to those that need it. We have
had kids on the walks and they seemed to do well for an hour or two (you can
leave at any time)
There are no regular walks for kids only with either
organization, but SLAS
was educational programs geared toward children on
occasion. Go to www.stlouisaudubon.org for more info on
NOTE: MO Dept. of Conservation (MDC) has programs
at the following St. Louis Conservation Areas (CA): Powder Valley,
Rockwoods and Busch CA.
Call the following numbers for more info:
Rockwoods (SW St. Louis co) -
Busch Ca (St. Charles co, just off of Hwy 94/40) -
Powder Valley - (near I-270/I-44) 314-301-1500
- probably the best with the largest variety of programs geared toward
You can also go to the MDC website for more info
According to the "Making Tracks" newsletter - the
newsletter you can get in the mail or at each of the above CA detailing programs
to be presented.
January is a big EAGLE month, so there are programs
being offered by MDC in the "St. Louis Area" (free of charge that I can
1) Jan 18 &19 (8 AM both days) at Old Chain of
Rocks Bridge in N. St. Louis county
2) Jan 25 & 26 at Lock and Dam 24 & the Apple
Shed Theater, Clarksville, MO
To receive a brochure by mail with directions to all
Eagle Days events, go to the MDC website listed above, Keyword: Eagle Days
OR call 573-751-4115 ext. 3289
Other options for eagle programs hosted by the Army
Corp of Engineers (ACOE) and the World Bird Sanc (WBS) - registration fee
required: Adults $3, kids, $2. People will see raptors and eagles up close
provided by the WBS.
Programs are 45 - 60 minutes long. Call 877-962-6979 for
registration and more info.
1) Jan 18 & 19 Clarksville, MO
2) Great Rivers Museum (Riverlands EDA), Alton,
Hope this helps.
On another note.........
What ever happened to signing msgs with full name,
e-mail address and city/county? If you are making an RFI, maybe one should
include at least an e-mail address so people can respond off-list and not
clutter up the listserve.
MANY thanks in advance. :-)
Chesterfield, MO/St. Louis co
---- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 7:08
Subject: Re: WGNSS Saturday Walk
required? Is this a good thing for my kids or is this more adult oriented?
I take my kids out in
the woods and we end up looking for birds and trying id them, but I would like
to find a program about birding for them. Any suggestions?
Two weeks ago we put
a new feeder by our house. It took a week before the birds, mostly sparrows,
chickadees and cardinals found it. Last Sunday at 11
am I was looking at the
feeder when all of a sudden the birds just disappeared and 5 seconds later
this magnificent large hawk swooped up and landed about 5 feet from the feeder
on my deck rail. I was about 8 feet from this bird, and very thankful right
then for whoever discovered that melting sand makes glass! I would not have
wanted to be right beside this animal as he (or she) was obviously hungry and
looking for a snack of fresh little bird! It was amazing to be so close and
see the twitching of the head as it scanned for what was available, the detail
in the feathers, and especially the powerful talons. I’ve never been so close
to a Coopers Hawk and before I knew it, it was flying away with a powerful
leap into the air. This is the third time I’ve seen this bird in the last two