February 2015 Field Trip

West El Paso area Wetlands
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Hello all!
This coming Saturday , the 21st, we’ll be going on our monthly field trip to some wetland areas in El Paso. The leader will be Nancy Stotz.
In a quest for waterfowl, shorebirds, and herons, we’ll hit a few fairly dependable spots in West El Paso likely including Crossroads Ponds, Keystone Heritage Park, and the Sunland Park River Park. Recent sightings from these areas have included lots of dabbling ducks (Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, and Green-winged and Cinnamon Teal) plus a nice diversity of divers (Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, and Bufflehead). Wood Ducks and Common Gallinule are a possibility, as are both Black-necked Stilt and American Avocet. Depending on time, interest, and the size of the caravan, we may also hit a couple spots at the edge of the nearby country club to look for some interesting woodpeckers and a small flock of feral Lilac-crowned Parrots.
Meet in front of the Milagro Coffee shop in the Pan-Am Plaza on University, at 6:45. We’ll organize the carpools and be on the road by 7:00. We should be back by early afternoon. Bring along a snack and water, and be prepared for a few short walks on maintained dirt/gravel trails. Be aware there’s a three-dollar per person entry fee for Keystone, and we’ll be making a couple of pit stops at fast food joints and convenience stores to track down restroom facilities.
(above description courtesy of Nancy Stotz)
Hope to see many of you there!
Mark Pendleton, MVAS Field Trip Coordinator

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