PLEASE R.S.V.P. for the field trip AND the supper as soon as possible BY RETURN EMAIL, EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RESPONDED THAT YOU WILL BE COMING.
PERSHING STATE PARK & SWALLOW SPECTACLE, Linn County
Leaders: Edge Wade & Steve Kinder
RSVP: [log in to unmask] or 445-6697. This is necessary so we know how many cars/drivers will be needed.
Departure: 1:00 p.m. from southwest corner of the Parkade Center lot, Bus. Loop 70.
Bring water and snacks.
Dinner will be after the swallows, at THE INN AT CLOVER HILL ($13.00 per person).
Return will be late, possibly 10:30 p.m.
We will bird Pershing State Park in the afternoon, then drive to the swallow roost location (it changes as corn is harvested). Several hundred thousand swallows converge at dusk (about 6:30 p.m.). They come from feeding many miles away, swirl in a massive cloud, then begin “raining” down into the cornfield. Roger Tory Peterson said of a similar event, ““I have seen a million flamingos on the lakes of East Africa and as many seabirds on the cliffs of the Alaska Pribilofs, but for sheer drama, the tornadoes of Tree Swallows eclipsed any other avian spectacle I have ever seen.”
CAS field trip coordinator