Upcoming Field Trips

Mounds State Park – May 26

Mounds SPOur next monthly bird hike and survey at Mounds State Park will be held on Saturday, May 26. 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 June 30.

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


Salamonie Lake & Salamonie River State Forest – May 27

SalamonieSalamonie is a great birding spot in Wabash and Huntington Counties, and it’s especially beautiful in the spring!  The site consists of the Salamonie River State Forest, which offers 850 acres of demonstration forest, and Salamonie Lake, a 2,655-acre reservoir.

On Sunday, May 27, we’ll meet at the Hominy Ridge picnic area in the Salamonie River State Forest at 8:30 a.m. We’ll bird the property in the morning and then have lunch at the picnic area.  Be sure to bring lunch and something to drink.

Carpoolers will leave from the Cooper Science parking lot, on Ball State’s campus, at 7:15 a.m. 

To get there on your own (this rather convoluted route sometimes offers nice birding along the county roads):  Follow I-69 north and get off at the exit for State Rd. 218 and Van Buren/Warren/Berne.  Turn left (west) onto 218 and follow it to State Rd. 105.  Turn right (north).  Take 105 to State Rd. 124 and turn left (west). 

Take 124 to County Rd. 600 E and turn right (north).  Follow 600 E to County Rd. 250 S and turn left (west).  Look for Dam Rd., which comes up rather quickly on the right. Turn right onto Dam Rd. and at the “Y” take the left fork, onto Pefley Rd., which takes you into the Salamonie River State Forest. 

Follow signs to the Hominy Ridge Lake picnic area, where we’ll gather at 8:30.     

A site map can be downloaded from the Salamonie Lake DNR website. (Hominy Ridge Lake is in the top left corner.)  To use GoogleMaps to find the rendezvous site, search for “Hominy Ridge Lake Dam” in Lagro, Ind.


Birding workshop & hike at Limblerlost/Loblolly Marsh – June 2

LoblollyOn Saturday, June 2, the Robert Cooper Audubon Society will lead an hour-long “Birding for Beginners” workshop, followed by a bird hike through Loblolly Marsh.  Both events are intended to prepare participants for this year’s ACRES Land Trust Bird Blitz, which runs from June 3-9.  Feel free to come to both events on June 2 or join us for the bird hike only.

The "Birding for Beginners" session will be held at the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center from 9-10 a.m.  The bird hike will follow at the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve.

Volunteers are needed!  If you’re willing to assist Rose Jefferey, RCAS Field Trip Chair, with the workshop and/or bird hike, please contact her at rosemariejeffery@gmail.com.

Carpooling to the Limberlost can be arranged by contacting Rose at the above email address.

To get there on your own, from Muncie:  From N. Broadway Ave., head north on State Rd. 67.  Follow 67 through Albany to Portland.  (Note:  In Portland, 67 takes a left.) At the blinking light in the small town of Bryant, go straight onto State Rd. 27.  (State Rd. 67 turns right at this point and heads into Ohio!)  Once in Geneva, turn right into the Visitor Center lot.  The address is 200 E. 6th St., Geneva.  Travel time from Muncie is about one hour.

Visit "Other News" to learn more about ACRES and the Bird Blitz.


Strawtown Koteewi Park – June 23

StrawtownJoin us on Saturday, June 23, for a trip to Strawtown Koteewi Park, located west of Anderson, near Cicero.  This 750-acre Hamilton County park offers varied habitats, including prairie restoration, wooded riparian, and meadow. 

We’ll meet at the Riverside parking lot (see map) at 8 a.m. for a morning of birding.  Bring a sack lunch, and we'll picnic together.

Carpoolers will leave the Cooper Science parking lot, on Ball State’s campus, at 7:10 a.m.

Directions from Muncie: Head west on McGalliard Rd./State Rd. 332, which becomes State Rd. 128 after crossing I-69. Near Frankton, turn left onto N County Rd. 500 W (S. 11th St.).  Go to W County Rd. 600 N and turn right (west), then left (south) onto State Rd. 13, which is also State Rd. 37 and Huntington Rd. Where 13 and 37 split, stay to the right on 37.

Just after crossing the White River, turn right on Strawtown Ave. and go past the visitors’ center (the Taylor Center of Natural History) to find the Riverside parking lot.  The address is 12302 Strawtown Ave., Noblesville.

Travel time from Muncie is about 50 min.