Only a few people responded affirmative about this walk as many that are willing to bird in arctic weather will be headed to Quincy for the Ivory Gull, me included.
So I am officially canceling this walk.
There is no reason you can’t go to Riverlands on your own if your heart was set on this trip. I have been told that the ponds are frozen over so all the birds are in Ellis Bay. There will be a live raptor inside the Audubon Center starting about 10.
Hope to see everybody on our next scheduled walk, Jan 31 at RMBS.
SLAS Trip Coordinator
If you are planning to attend please email me at [log in to unmask]. I am just wondering if anybody is going to go to Riverlands for a routine walk given the Ivory Gull in Quincy, which I would like to see close and in the sun rather than in the distance on a rainy day.
On Tuesday, January 6, 2015 7:24 PM, Mike Grant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
To St. Louis area birders (and others who may want to join us):
WHAT: St. Louis area field trip, half day in the morning, sponsored by the St. Louis Audubon Society.
WHEN: Saturday, Saturday 10.
WHERE: Meet at the Audubon Center, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. From the north side of I-270 in north St. Louis County, take MO-367 north (signed to Alton). Cross the Missouri River and continue past the stoplight at MO-94. Just before you reach the bridge over the Mississippi to Alton, turn right at the gas station. Go straight past the station and past the intersection with Wise Road. Turn left into the parking lot for Audubon Center and come on in.
MEETING TIME: 9:00 a.m. If you are running late and don't find us at the Audubon Center, look for us along Riverlands Way.
TENTATIVE PLAN: The itinerary will be flexible. We will consolidate cars as best we can and proceed to a series of vantage points around the Riverlands area. This might include the road to Confluence State Park and/or the Cora Island unit of the Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge. The trip will end at noon, depending on where we are. Target birds are swans, gulls, ducks and eagles.
WHO: Everyone is welcome, whether a member of St. Louis Audubon Society or not. Out-of-towners are invited! FRS radios are recommended, if you have one.
CONDITIONS: Please dress appropriately for whatever weather is predicted. At this time sunny but COLD, figure it will feel like 10 degrees.
LEADER: Mike Grant (cell number 314-779-8032).
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