Upcoming Field Trips

COVID-19 notice:

Safety concerns regarding COVID-19 have resulted in the cancellation of field trips through at least the middle of April.  At present, the trips indicated below will take place as scheduled, but be sure to check our Facebook page for the latest updates.  Postponements and cancellations could occur on short notice.

Social distancing will be practiced, and participants should bring their own binoculars.  Access to indoor facilities (including restrooms) will not be possible. 

Carpooling will not be available, so participants should plan on driving directly to field trip locations. Note that state park fees have been temporarily suspended during this time.

Despite the cancellation of field trips, we hope Audubon members and friends will continue to enjoy nature on their own.

Questions may be directed to Catherine Kubo, Field Trip Chair, at 703-352-1238.


Service at Dutro-Ernst Woods – April 18

Dutro Ernst WoodsTake action by joining us for a morning of service at Dutro-Ernst Woods, an urban oasis in Muncie. This 33-acre Red-tail Land Conservancy nature preserve is in the process of prairie restoration, which will create a bird- and pollinator-friendly habitat.

We’ll remove invasive plant species like garlic mustard and Asian bush honeysuckle, and pick up some trash. Dress for outdoor work and bring gloves, drinking water, and (if you have any) loppers.

We’ll begin working at 9:30 a.m. and plan to work for approximately two hours.

Dutro-Ernst Woods is located at the intersection on W. Kilgore Ave., on the west side of Muncie, between S. Perdieu Rd. and S. County Rd. 325 W.  Parking is accessible from Perdieu.  See map for details.

****Please read the COVID-19 notice at the top of this page, and check our Facebook page, for latest announcements about cancellations.****


Mounds State Park – Apr. 25

Mounds SPOur next monthly bird hike at Mounds State Park will be held on Saturday, April 25. Meet outside the visitors center at 9 a.m.

We’ll bird from 9-11, with an RCAS member leading the walk. Be sure to bring your own binoculars.

The next monthly bird hike at Mounds will take place on Saturday, May 30.

The park's address is 4306 Mounds Rd., Anderson. (Photo by Robert Williams.)

****Please read the COVID-19 notice at the top of this page, and check our Facebook page, for latest announcements about cancellations.****


Salamonie River State Forest – May 2

Salamonie forestSalamonie River State Forest is a great place to find migratory warblers and arriving summer residents, as well as a variety of waterfowl at the reservoir!

On Saturday, May 2, at about 8:30 a.m., we’ll meet at the Hominy Ridge Picnic area in the Salamonie River State Forest. We’ll bird in the forest during the morning and then, if circumstances allow, picnic (maintaining safe distances among participants) at Hominy Ridge. After lunch we'll explore other areas around the reservoir.

Bring a sack lunch, something to drink, waterproof boots, and weather-appropriate clothing. 

Directions:  Take I-69 north to State Rd. 218 toward Van Buren/ Warren/Berne.  Turn left (west) onto State Rd. 218, then turn right (north) onto State Rd. 105.  Go to State Rd. 124 and turn left.  At County Rd. 600 E, turn right (north).  Follow 600 to 250 S; turn left there, then look out for Dam Rd., which comes up quickly on the right.

Turn right onto Dam Rd., and then take the left fork onto Pefley Road, which takes you into the Salamonie River State Forest.  Follow signs to the Hominy Ridge Lake Picnic area.  

This rather convoluted route sometimes offers nice birding along the county roads.  A printable site map is available online.  Salamonie River State Forest and Hominy Ridge Lake are found at the top left corner of the map.

****Please read the COVID-19 notice at the top of this page, and check our Facebook page, for latest announcements about cancellations.****