Early Spring Waterfowl Migration — Sunday, February 18, 2024—Time: 8:00 A.M.
Meet: In the upper Oxbow parking lot at the main entrance to the Oxbow
Leader: Luke Thies, (937) 733-9325, firstname.lastname@example.org
Early spring waterfowl migration should be in full swing by this date and will be the primary focus of this trip. Many species of waterfowl migrate through the Oxbow in large numbers every spring. While some days are better than others, there are always waterfowl present in the Oxbow area at this season. Late February is also a great time of the year to find large numbers of Bald Eagles in the Oxbow area. A diverse assemblage of other seasonal residents and early spring migrants should be found, including hawks, gulls, grebes, herons, and numerous songbirds. Even Sandhill Cranes are possible.
Our trip leader, Luke Thies is an excellent birder and all-around naturalist. We should see a wide variety of birds and Luke plans to move around to several locations in the Oxbow area, including Lost Bridge over the Great Miami River, to improve our chances. These plans will depend on spring flooding, a natural occurrence in the floodplain of the Oxbow, which can attract large assemblages of waterfowl, gulls and other water birds.
Shake off your cabin fever and join Luke for an interesting morning of wildlife viewing in the Oxbow. Mud and cold weather is guaranteed, so dress appropriately and wear decent footwear. This morning trip should end before noon. There are no restrooms in the Oxbow but there are plenty of nearby businesses with restroom facilities. Feel free to contact Luke if you have any questions regarding the trip.
The Oxbow can be reached by going south on US Hwy 50 from the I-275 #16 exit. In about 200 yards, turn left (east) at the edge of the Circle K (between the Circle K and Waffle House) and go over the levee to where the road Ts with a fence directly in front of you. Turn right and go to the Oxbow entrance sign. Turn left into the Oxbow. The upper parking area is immediately on the right. You may also search Google Maps for “Oxbow Nature Conservancy”.