Upcoming Field Trips

Mounds State Park – Jan. 27

Mounds SPOur next monthly bird hike and survey at Mounds State Park will be held on Saturday, January 27. NOTE NEW DAY! 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 February 24.

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

Feeder watch – Feb. 3

purple finchSpend a couple of hours watching winter birds from the comfort of Barb Stedman and Martha Hunt’s sunroom. We’ll meet at their home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 3.

If you’re so inclined, bring a snack or drink to share. If the weather is good we may even take a short hike to their pond, so dress appropriately.

Carpoolers will depart from Cooper Science parking lot, on Riverside Ave. on Ball State’s campus, at 1:30.

To get there on your own: Barb and Martha live in the small village of DeSoto, about 6 minutes northeast of the Muncie Mall. From the mall, head north on State Rd. 67. At the “Y,” stay to the right. Go under the bypass and turn right at the first road (County Rd. 350 N); look for the Collision Center at that intersection. Go just over 3.5 miles, to the second stop sign, and turn right onto County Rd. 500 E (you’ll see a timber bridge at the intersection).

Counting the house on the corner, theirs is the second house on the left. Look for the white picket fence and large Norway spruces. Their address is 5424 N. County Rd. 500 E., Albany. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged!

(Photo of Purple Finch by Martha Hunt.)