Upcoming Field Trips

Wilbur Wright Trail & Summit Lake – March 18

Originally scheduled for Saturday, March 17, this trip has been rescheduled for March 18 because of inclement weather.

Wilbur Wright FWAJoin us for some “nearly-spring” birding on Sunday, March 18, starting at 1 p.m., when we’ll visit the Wilbur Wright Fish & Wildlife Area, a 1,070-acre site in Henry County.  We’ll walk the Wilbur Wright Trail and explore varied habitats, including the Big Blue River valley.  Afterward, we’ll swing through Summit Lake State Park.

Carpoolers will leave from the Cooper Science lot, on Ball State’s campus, at 12:20 p.m. NOTE: Carpooling is encouraged, as there is limited parking at the preserve! 

To get there on your own:  Head south on State Rd. 3 from Muncie.  Turn left (east) on State Rd. 36, heading toward Summit Lake.  Go about 2 miles and then turn right (south) on State Rd. 103 and travel about 3 miles.  Look for signs for Wilbur Wright State FWA.

We’ll gather at the parking lot located at the corner of State Rd. 103 and County Rd. 150 N. at 1:00.

Mounds State Park – March 31

Mounds SPOur next monthly bird hike and survey at Mounds State Park will be held on Saturday, March 31. Meet at the parking lot near the visitors center at 9 a.m.

We’ll bird from 9-11, with an RCAS board member leading the walk. Binoculars will be provided for those who don't have their own.

The next bird hike at Mounds will be held on April 28.

The park's address is 4306 Mounds Rd., Anderson.

Eagle Creek Park – April 8

Eagle Creek ParkOn Sunday, April 8, we’ll join members of the Amos Butler Audubon Society on their weekly Eagle Creek bird hike from 9-11a.m.  Located on the west side of Indianapolis, Eagle Creek Park offers 1,400 acres of water and 3,900 acres of forest, providing prime habitat for many species of migratory and breeding birds!

We we’ll gather at the park’s Ornithology Center at 9 a.m.  NOTE:  Out-of-county residents must pay a $6-per-car entry fee.

Carpoolers will leave from the Cooper Science lot, on Ball State’s campus, at 7:40 a.m.

To get there on your own:  Take I-69 south to Indianapolis and head west I-465 west, around the north side of the city.  Take exit 21 (for 71st St.) and turn right onto westbound 71st St.  After the Lafayette Rd. intersection and junction with I-65, 71st St. turns into Eagle Creek Parkway.  The park entrance will be on the right.  After entering the park, follow signs for the Ornithology Center.  (See arrow on park map.)