This January evening field trip is an annual tradition and one of our most popular field trips. One of Oxbow Inc’s beloved founders, Morris Mercer, loved the night winter woods, especially when snow was on the ground. Morris, his good friend and our trip leader, John Klein, started this night walk together in the Shawnee Lookout woodlands that overlook the Oxbow many years ago. Morris is no longer with us, but John loves the tradition and has kept Morris’s spirit alive, referring to this annual event as the Morris Mercer Memorial field trip.
Join John for a two hour night walk around Shawnee Lookout Park to see what the night woods have to offer. John, an Oxbow Inc board member and retired Land Manager for Great Parks is a complete naturalist and the perfect guide. We will be near a full moon on this date, so clouds permitting, the night woods may be quite bright. There is a decent chance that owls, deer and flying squirrels (on which John is quite expert) may be seen or heard. John will talk about the history of the Oxbow and Shawnee Lookout area and have a scope available for stargazing. John will also share M & M’s to celebrate Morris’s memory.
Meet John in the parking lot of the Shawnee Lookout Golf Course Clubhouse at 7:00 pm. The restrooms will be open. Normally closed at this time of night, the rangers will have the entrance gates open for us. Remember to dress warmly with good footwear. John, like Morris, would like a little snow on the ground. Severe weather will cancel this trip. If you are unsure that the trip is happening , call John at (513) 304-2310. This trip is one of a kind and highly recommended. Visit the Shawnee Lookout website (http://www.greatparks.org/parks/shawnee-lookout) for Park Maps and other info.