Avid Birders Schedule: 2017 – 2018

Snowy Owl - Photo Earl Harrison

Here are the Saturday dates for Avid Birders outings for the coming year. Usually the exact destinations are decided a day or two ahead of time to take advantage of the best birding possibilities. Members on our email list receive notifications of the plans by Thursday whenever possible. Unusual outings — ones that may require a night spent away, travel outside Ohio, or extra expenses, etc.— will be announced well in advance via email notices. If you want to be included on the email list, please send an email to the Avid Birders.

Most trips depart at 5:30 am with carpooling. Unless otherwise announced, we meet for carpooling at the southeast corner of the Worthington Mall parking lot. (Worthington Mall is located on the northwest corner of High Street and Wilson Bridge Road, just south of I-270.)  A few winter trips may depart at 6:00 am. Trips headed in different directions may leave from different locations. Announcements are made a few days in advance to the Avid Birders email list and also are posted on this Web site.

Return times vary with the destination and season, but you can assume that we will spend most of the day birding and traveling. We usually stop at a fast food spot on the way to our first destination. Bring a sack lunch, water, and snacks as needed for sustenance during the day. Please reimburse your driver for travel expenses. Dress appropriately; remember that the weather to our north, particularly along the windy Lake Erie shore, often is much colder than that in Columbus.

2017

June 10Census birds in Shawnee State Forest. Contact the Avid Birders Team for details.
July 29Targets will be grassland birds and perhaps some early shorebirds.
August 26Shorebirds, shorebirds, and more shorebirds!
September 16Southbound neotropical migrants…and some shorebirds, we hope.
October 7Sparrows, waterfowl, and whatever else is around.
November 4Waterfowl, waterfowl, and still more waterfowl…and maybe a few late sparrows.
December 2Winter birds: gulls and waterfowl. As usual, we will look for reported rarities, if any.

2018

January 13Gulls. Of course. It’s January. In Ohio.
February 17Still more gulls, depending on the weather, and early waterfowl.
March 10Waterfowl in full swing, perhaps late gulls and early shorebirds.
April 28Migrant and breeding warblers and other neotropical migrants.