The Columbia, Missouri chapter of the Audubon Society — serving Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Howard, Monroe & Randolph Counties

Field Trips

From beginning birders to experts — ALL ARE WELCOME! For driving trips, participants carpool with all the riders chipping in to pay for the driver‘s gas. Trips leave promptly at the stated departure time. If you have doubts about whether a field trip is “on” because of inclement weather, call the trip leader up to one hour before scheduled departure. Impromptu field trips are occasionally posted to MOBIRDS, the list-serve maintained by Audubon Society of Missouri.

Columbia Audubon field trips provide an opportunity to meet new birding friends, to learn about a new area, and to polish our birding identification skills. Field trips take many forms. They can be an hour walk on a nature trail, a driving tour of public conservation area, a visit to a museum, a day-long trip to another part of the state, or even a winter potluck brunch observing birds from the warmth of a member's home. We only need your imagination and willingness to lead a field trip.

Coming Up

Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 • Depart: 8am • Start: 8:30am

RESCHEDULED: Three Creeks Conservation Area

Site Location: Three Creeks Conservation Area. Boone County, Missouri
Departure Point: AC Commuter Parking Lot. Lenoire Street and New Haven Road, Columbia, MO
Contact Phone: 573-474-0989

The field trip for Three Creeks CA on Saturday, March 25th has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 1st due to concerns about  the weather. There will be no trip on the 25th.

Meet at AC commuter lot (on SE corner of US 63 and Grindstone/New
Haven) at 8:00 a.m. or trailhead parking lot off Myers Lane (SE side of
Three Creeks CA) at 8:30 a.m.

We’ll hike a loop through the southeastern part of Three Creeks CA, following Bass and Turkey Creeks while looking and listening for spring arrivals (an early Louisiana Waterthrush, perhaps?) in the area’s diverse habitats. In addition to birding, we’ll explore the area’s spring wildflowers, interesting karst geology, and landscape use history. This trip will likely include some off-trail hiking, particularly in the event of high spring flows along Bass Creek. Also, some interesting features are not along the official trails.

Expect about 3 miles of hiking with elevation changes and possible creek crossings (though not wading); we’ll take it slow. We suggest packing snacks or a lunch, as there are several excellent scenic spots for taking refreshments and this hike is worth taking enough time to do right.


Field trips are to find, enjoy and learn about wild birds. These trips are free and appropriate for adults and children 9 years old and above who have shown an interest in birds. Children aged 9 through 11 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Be sure to note the departure place and time for each trip.

All trips are probably "a go" even in light rain. If in doubt, contact a trip leader the evening before or one hour before the scheduled meeting time.

What to bring on a field trip: Binoculars, field guide, water, snack, layered clothing, sunscreen.

If you own an FRS radio, please bring it. We have a limited number available.

Leading a Trip

We hope those of you who enjoy field trips will offer to lead at least one field trip during the coming year. This will help us provide a good variety of field trips without overburdening just one or two people who traditionally lead the trips.

People say, "I can't lead a field trip. I'm not an expert birder." You don't have to be an expert birder. It is not your job to identify the birds. The field trip participants should work together to identify birds. As a field trip leader, you only have three responsibilities:

  • E-mail Field Trip Coordinator and let him know when and where you want to go on the field trip. He will scheduled the event and get the word out.
  • Make all your participants feel welcome.
  • Be sure to come back with at least as many people as you left with!
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