The focus of this trip will be Waterfowl of the Brookville Lake Region. Important Note: Indiana State Parks charges a daily per car entrance fee ($5 resident, $7 non-resident). At this time of year there are usually no attendants on duty, but we cannot be sure of that.
Our trip leaders Jay and Jack Stenger plan to visit several spots around the Brookville Lake Region, and if time permits, make the short hop over to Hueston Woods to take a quick look around Acton Lake before returning home. These locations are hotspots and are excellent for attracting waterfowl and water birds at this season.
We will meet at 8:00 a.m., and will caravan from the Park & Ride to the Brookville area, about a 30-minute drive. Meet at the Miamitown Park & Ride at I-275 Exit # 7, at SR 128 marked “Cleves-Hamilton.” This is the first exit just west of the Great Miami River at Miamitown.
The rural countryside surrounding Brookville and Acton Lakes has diverse habitats so we expect to find a great variety of species along the way. A good number of species of Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans) is likely. We also expect to find grebes, gulls, Sandhill Cranes, eagles, other raptors, and songbirds, including early spring migrants and lingering winter visitors. Jay and his son Jack are exceptionally skilled birders and have high expectations for this trip. Because Brookville Lake is so large this field trip will be an auto-tour type, which will consist of driving from spot to spot interspersed with a few short, easy walks. While the trip duration is long and does entail considerable driving, the rewards, in terms of what we see, always make it worth the effort. The trip will run into mid to late afternoon, but of course you can leave at any time you like. Bring your lunch and drinks. It always seems colder around large lakes so dress accordingly. If you have a scope it will prove useful. Restrooms will be available. Email Jay or Jack if you have any questions.
For information on some of the sites we plan to visit, check out the Brookville Lake website at: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2961.htm as well as the Whitewater Memorial State Park (at Brookville Lake) website at: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2962.htm.