The focus of this trip will be equally spent on spring bird migration as well as native plants and wildflowers. While spring songbird migration will not be at peak on this date, it will be close. Many of our resident songbirds, including warblers, will have returned by then and already be on territories. And other migrants heading north should be streaming through. Many wildflowers and other native plants will be at or near peak bloom as well.
Many of you know our trip leader, Joe Bens. Joe leads many field trips for ASO as well as other birding and natural history organizations in our community. Joe is an exceptional birder and an experienced all around naturalist. Botany is at the top of his favorites list. Joe will surely keep us busy looking up and down and help us find and identify a diversity of birds and plants. Joe will know all the butterflies too.
Joe’s plan is to walk the woodland trails of Shawnee Lookout for most of the morning, so be warned that most of this trip will be on foot. Most of the walking will be over gently rolling terrain but there may be a few steep spots. Of course all of this walking will be done at a leisurely birders pace, as we will have much to look at. Before Joe calls it a day he will stop at Lost Bridge and check the Great Miami River and adjacent gravel pit and topsoil ponds for birds. This area can produce migrant shorebirds, herons, egrets, gulls, terns and waterfowl, Osprey and Bald Eagles for which Lost Bridge has a well deserved reputation.
This should be a pleasant spring morning in a beautiful setting so why not join Joe for what will surely be a great trip. Restrooms are available at Shawnee Lookout. Good footwear is recommended as trails may be wet or muddy. We also recommend bringing water. The trip will end sometime around noon. We will meet at the. A Hamilton County Park Motor Vehicle Permit is required ($3.00 daily, $10.00 annual) for each vehicle. Please feel free to call or email Joe if you have any questions.
Directions: Shawnee Lookout is a Hamilton County Park (Great Parks) located at 2008 Lawrenceburg Rd. North Bend, Ohio. To get there take I-275 to the Kilby Road Exit # 21, then turn right onto Kilby Road. Go south about 1 mile to the light and turn right onto U.S. 50. Go 1.7 miles to the light and turn left onto Lawrenceburg Road. Continue straight for .8 mile and go over the Great Miami Bridge (Lost Bridge). At the stop sign at the end of the Bridge, turn right and go about 1.5 miles to the Shawnee Lookout Park entrance, The Upper Boat Ramp Parking Lot is on the right, directly across from the Park entrance.
For directions, maps and other park information check out the following website;