Hey, everone,

Sorry I've been a little remiss in keeping everyone informed about the upcoming 
field trips for BAS. In case your not getting the information through "Burroughs 
Announce" or on the Burrroughs Audubon Society's website ( , 
here's the scoop on what's going on this weekend and next...
Sunday, August 15 - Olathe Prairie Centerand Kill Creek Parkwith Nic Allen. Join 
Nic on this metro area field trip. We'll begin by visiting the 300-acre 
tallgrass preserve and education site, known simply as the Prairie Center, with 
trails that wind through remnant and re-established prairie and riparian 
woodlands. Some of the species that we hope to find include: Yellow-breasted 
Chat, Eastern Towhee, Grasshopper Sparrow, Dickcissel, and Blue Grosbeak. For 
those who wish to continue after lunch, we'll visit Kill Creek Park, the newest 
and third regional park in Johnson County Parks & Recreation District's 
extensive system. Here, we hope to find various herons and egrets, raptors, 
migrating shorebirds, swallows, and Great-tailed Grackles. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in 
the Prairie Center parking area at Santa Fe (135th St.) and Cedar Niles Rd. 
Directions: take I-35 to Santa Fe (exit 218) and go 5.25 miles west to Cedar 
Niles Rd. Bring lunch, snacks, drinks and insect repellent. Hiking at the 
Prairie Center will be on gravel trails over uneven terrain. Hiking at Kill 
Creek will be on asphalt paths. For more information, contact Nic at  or 

Sunday, August 22 - Grand Pass Conservation Area with Sherry Leonardo. Join us 
at this, largely, wetland area along the Missouri River in Saline County. For a 
unique opportunity, we'll spend some time with Dana Ripper, co-founder of the 
Missouri River Bird Observatory, as she bands migrating shorebirds. Dana has 
received grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation to study birds that 
use Grand Pass and has banded 27 species not previously reported by birders in 
CACHE. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the Blue Springs commuter lot. Directions: from I-70 
(exit 20), go 0.4 miles north on MO Hwy 7; the lot is on the north side of Price 
Chopper and behind O'reilly Auto Parts. Bring lunch, snacks, drinks and insect 
repellent. For more information, contact Sherry at  or 816-763-1393.

(If you have questions, please contact the tour leaders at the above phone 

Heidi Retherford
BAS Field Trip Committee

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