March Oxbow Field Trip

March in the Oxbow means ducks as spring waterfowl migration peaks in March. The Oxbow has historically been a magnet for migrating birds, but especially for waterfowl. As Oxbow’s motto states, “The Duck Stops Here”. Put another way, it would be difficult to ignore the waterfowl during any March visit into the Oxbow area.

The term “waterfowl” implies species of the family Anatidae and includes ducks, geese and swans. At least 34 species of waterfowl have been recorded in the Oxbow, and about 25 of those occur regularly. In addition to waterfowl migration many other signs of spring should be noticeable by this date. It has become common to see Bald Eagles in the Oxbow on any given day, but March represents the peak of Bald Eagle spring migration. Sandhill Cranes and large concentrations of gulls may also be seen. When you add these migrants with lingering winter visitors and the local residents, a great diversity of species, some in large numbers, may be seen and the Oxbow is one of the best regional location to find these birds.

Join our trip leader Gary Stegner for this early spring morning visit. Gary, a long time Oxbow member and experienced naturalist and birder, recently retired as Communications Director of Fernald Preserve. Gary knows the Oxbow area extremely well and will lead us in and around the Oxbow looking for the general diversity that early spring migration brings.

March also brings rain and potential flooding to the Oxbow so some areas can become inaccessible during this month. On the other hand, flood waters open up new temporary areas where waterfowl and other water birds can forage, so Gary will adjust his plans accordingly on the day of the trip. You can expect a little driving from spot to spot interspersed with a little light walking. Dress for late winter and expect some mud on your shoes. This morning trip will end around noon. Contact Gary with any questions regarding this trip.

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 Circle K gas station. Turn right at the “T” intersection, then left to the meeting spot at the next “T”.

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