Date: 10/17/20 1:45 pm From: Greg Swick <grswick...> Subject: Caney Mountain CA Field Trip Oct. 24 - No Sightings
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Hi MoBirders, A few months ago, the GOAS Board committed to doing seasonal bird surveys at Caney Mountain Conservation Area in Ozark County for Missouri's CACHE program. Funds that the Missouri Birding Society receives from the CACHE bird census partnership are used to fund bird conservation projects throughout the state. Greater Ozarks Audubon's GLADE project is one of those conservation projects, and we are extremely grateful for the support of MBS through the years.
I have volunteered to lead the first of these excursions to Caney Mountain on next Saturday, Oct. 24, at the peak of the Ozarks fall splendor. We will leave from the Evan's Road/Hwy 65 Commuter Parking Lot on the south side of Springfield at 7:30 am and expect to be back to Springfield at around 5:30 pm, giving us 5 hours on site, from around 9:30-3:00. If any of you would like to join our group, we would be delighted to have you!
We will be caravaning to the site near Gainesville, MO. The drive to Caney Mountain CA from Springfield will be approximately 2 hours. Although I will be riding alone in my own truck, you are welcome to carpool with people you feel comfortable with. All COVID precautions will be taken while birding together. Bring a lunch, drinks, and snacks please.
Caney Mountain CA is an interesting place. Its mixed glade and woodlands landscape is laced with clear running streams and canebrakes. Along one of the streams is the cabin of Starker Leopold, son of the famous conservationist Aldo Leopold. An extremely under-birded location, you never know what we may find there! I saw my lifer Bachman's Sparrow there in May of 1995. Today the species is believed to be extirpated from the state, but we hold hope for its return on fire-managed lands in southern Missouri. Here's a link to the MDC website for the area. https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/caney-mountain-conservation-area
If you are interested in joining our group for a beautiful day of Ozarks birding, please reply directly to me. I will be putting together a smaller mailing list with more details in the coming days.
Thanks for your consideration,
Good birding, Greg Swick, GOAS President
*I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry David Thoreau*
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