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Fellow Birders,
Please read carefully.
St. Louis Audubon Society (SLAS) is offering a weekend birding trip to
the "Bootheel" of southeastern Missouri on April 26 and 27, 2008.  All
are welcome, members and non-members alike, although there will be a
limit of 30 people overall.  There is a cost of $20 for each participant
to cover expenses.  After expenses, the remainder will be donated to St.
Louis Audubon Society.  Reservations for the trip must be made by e-mail
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Payment should be by check.  Make your check payable to Joe Eades and
send it at least two weeks in advance to:
 
Joe Eades
517 Willow Lane 
Kirkwood Missouri 63122 

This will secure your place on the trip.  A block of 20 hotel rooms has
been reserved under ST. LOUIS AUDUBON SOCIETY for Friday and Saturday
nights, April 25 and April 26.  

We will be staying at the Country Hearth Inn in Dexter, Missouri.
Please make your room reservations with your individual credit card to
secure a room.  Reserve your room as soon as possible and let me know
when you have done so.  Unsecured rooms will be released 2 weeks prior
to the trip.  A continental breakfast (cereal, milk, coffee, juice and
pasteries) is included in the room rate and will be made available early
on Saturday, at 5:00 am.  Meet the group outside the hotel lobby at 5:30
am on SATURDAY if you are staying elsewhere.  We will leave PROMPTLY
thereafter.  An "avant-garde" BIG DAY group may leave the hotel at 3:00
am on Saturday and meet the rest of the group at Duck Creek Conservation
Area Headquarters at 6:15 am.  Please let me know if you are interested
in this option.
   
HOTEL INFORMATION:
Country Hearth Inn, Dexter Missouri.
913 South Outer Road
US 60 & One Mile Road
Dexter, MO 63841
(573) 624-7400
Website:  http://www.countryhearth.com/hotels/mo-dexter.asp

Mention that you are with St. Louis Audubon for discounted rates of
$45.99 + tax for single and $50.95 + tax for double.  Failure to do so
may result in a higher rate.  Specify how many beds you require.  Most
of the reserved rooms are non-smoking.  Please specify smoking or
non-smoking.  Patience and attentiveness is advised as the operator may
be a little difficult to understand.  Make your reservations for one or
both nights as you prefer.  Make your resevations early.  

Likely areas covered will be Mingo National Wildlife Area (small fee per
car), Duck Creek Conservation Area, Otter Slough Conservation Area, Big
Oak Tree State Park, Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area and Donaldson Point
Conservation Area.  A fair amount of walking will be involved and
conditions may be wet and muddy.  Expect World-Class mosquitos.  Ticks
will be active.  Sunscreen, water, snacks and a hat are advised.
Saturday, in particular, will be a long day of birding, from sunup or
before to sunset and beyond.  

SUNDAY, we will also start early, departing from the hotel lobby at 6:00
am.  Continental breakfast will be available starting at 5:00 am.
People can stay with the group as long as they like, or leave early and
miss some of the areas on the itinery. 

The last weekend in April is one of the best times to bird the bootheel
as there are large numbers of migrating landbirds as well as shorebirds.
The peak of migration arrives just a little earlier down there.  This
year, there is no overlap with the Audubon Society of Missouri Spring
Meeting , so don't miss your chance!  This could become an annual
tradition, as it already has for me.  Last year's SLAS Bootheel trip was
excellent, with Swainson's Warbler and Hudsonian Godwit being just a
couple of the highlights.  Vagrants "overshooting" their destination,
such as Tricolored Heron, Anhinga and Purple Gallinule are possible.
Overall, birding should be EXCELLENT! Thanks,

Joe Eades
517 Willow lane
Kirkwood, MO  63122
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Trip Leaders:  Joe Eades and Jim Malone
  

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