By mid-April, Spring will be in full swing with Spring migration near peak and a diversity of avian species should be found in the Oxbow area. Many woodland and wetland plants and wildflowers will be in bloom adding their beauty to the natural scene. Dave Helm, our trip leader, is a skilled veteran birder, naturalist and long-time Oxbow advocate. Dave has been a regular visitor to the Oxbow and knows the area well.
April in the Oxbow coincides with the spring migration of diverse numbers of bird families including ducks, herons and egrets, shorebirds, terns & gulls, raptors, migrant & returning summer songbirds (including several warblers). Dave’s plan (depending on the weather), is to cover a few spots in the Oxbow and stop at Lost Bridge as we work our way to Shawnee Lookout to see the diverse bird life moving through the area. Come out and see nature’s great diversity on a beautiful spring day in the Oxbow area.
Much of this trip will be on foot, with short drives from spot to spot, with walking at an easy to moderate birders pace. Be prepared for muddy spots, especially in wet conditions. Bring water, sun screen and insect repellent. Binoculars are necessary to see small birds. A motor vehicle permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required at Shawnee Lookout (Great Parks). Restrooms are available at Shawnee Lookout or nearby businesses. Contact Dave if you have any questions.
To reach the Oxbow, take I-275 to the Lawrenceburg, Indiana exit. Turn left onto U.S. 50 at the end of the exit ramp, and proceed about a hundred yards. Turn left onto an unmarked road just past the Shell station. Turn right at the “T” intersection, then left to the meeting spot at the next “T”.