March in the Oxbow means ducks, as spring waterfowl migration reaches its peak during this month. The Oxbow has historically been a magnet for migrating birds, but especially so for waterfowl. As one of Oxbow’s long standing motto’s states, “The Duck Stops Here”. So it is that any March field trip into the Oxbow area is going to focus on waterfowl
The term “waterfowl” implies species of the family Anatidae and includes swans, geese and ducks. At least 34 species of waterfowl have been recorded in the Oxbow over the years and about 25 of those occur regularly. In addition to waterfowl migration many other signs of spring should be noticeable by this date. March is also a peak month for Bald Eagles and the Oxbow may be the best regional location to find these birds. It has become common to have multiple sightings of this species in the Oxbow area on any given day.
So why not shake off your cabin fever and join our trip leader Gary Stegner for this morning trip. Gary is a long time Oxbow member and an experienced naturalist and birder. You may know Gary as the recently retired Communications Director of Fernald Preserve. Gary knows the Oxbow area extremely well and plans to lead us to several spots 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 bottoms so some areas can become inaccessible during this month. On the other hand, flood waters open up new and temporary areas where waterfowl and other water birds can forage, so Gary will adjust his plans of access accordingly on the day of the trip. Regardless of the days forecast dress accordingly for late winter and expect some mud on your shoes. Yes, there is mud in the Oxbow. This is a morning trip that will end somewhere around noon. Feel free to contact Gary if you have 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 Shell station. Turn right at the “T” intersection, then left to the meeting spot at the next “T”.