Upcoming Field Trips

Summit Lake – March 30

Summit LakeJoin us on Saturday, March 30, as we look for migratory waterfowl at Summit Lake State Park.  We’ll gather at the intersection of Henry Co. Rds. 500 E and 750 N at 1 p.m. to explore the ponds known collectively as the Nature Area, just outside the northeast corner of the park.  Later, we’ll probably go into the park, which may require an entry fee.

Carpoolers will leave from the Cooper Science lot on the Ball State campus at noon.

To get there on your own:  From Muncie, take U.S. 35 south.  Just before you enter the small town of Mt. Pleasant, turn right onto County Rd. 396, aka Buck Creek Rd.  Follow it for several miles until it comes to a “T” with County Rd. 750 N.  Turn right, and the first cross road you come to will be 500 E. 

Mounds State Park – March 30

Mounds SPOur next monthly bird hike and survey at Mounds State Park will be held on Saturday, March 30. 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 following bird hike at Mounds will be held on April 27.

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

Work day at Dutro-Ernst Woods – Apr. 20

Dutro-Ernst WoodsOn Saturday, April, 20, we’ll help our friends at the Red-Tail Land Conservancy with a work day at Dutro-Ernst Woods.  This urban nature preserve is located at  4407 W. Kilgore Ave., just east of the old Borg-Warner site in Muncie.  It is owned by Red-Tail, which is in the process of creating prairie and restoring woodland habitats on the site.

We'll be doing invasive plant removal, trash pickup, and perhaps tree planting. Bring work gloves, loppers, and a spade/shovel if you have them.

Gather at the preserve at 9 a.m. and plan on working until noon. The parking lot is on Perdieu Rd., near interpretive signs.  

Stone Head Nature Preserve – Apr. 27

Zimmermand WetlandsOn Saturday, April 27, starting at 9 a.m., we'll explore Stone Head Nature Preserve, a 122-acre, privately owned nature preserve in Brown County.  

This beautiful preserve has four basic habitat types:  wetland, riparian (river) corridor, meadow, and forest.  The Zimmerman Wetland Bird Habitat has six restored wetland  impoundments that boast a vast array of amphibians, birds, insects, mammals, and plant life. 

Leading this special trip is Randy Jones, an outstanding birder who has relocated from ECI to the Nashville area. 

Carpoolers will leave from the Cooper Science lot on the Ball State campus at 6:50 a.m.

To get there on your own:  The preserve is located at 4643-5013 W. Bellsville Pike, Nashville, and is about 2 hours from Muncie.  Take I-69 S to I-465 S, then get on I-65 S.  At Columbus, take exit 68 onto State Rd. 46 W.  After 10 miles (just after the small town of Clarksdale), turn left (south) onto Valley Branch Rd.  After 4.4 miles turn left (south) onto State Rd. 135.  In ½ mile, turn left onto W. Bellsville Pike.  We will meet in the parking lot near the entrance.