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December 10, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Field Trip: Birding Steigerwald in Winter *3 spots left*

Birders of all levels, join Ross as we search for wintering waterfowl, raptors, and other wetland/grassland species throughout this somewhat recently restored alluvial floodplain. Tundra and Trumpeter Swans are annual in modest numbers, and the sparrow diversity is often solid this time of year.

Please bring binoculars, scope if you have one, and wear appropriate footwear and layered clothing for cool, wet weather. Also, don’t forget to bring water and snacks (if needed) given the hike’s duration and length.

For those interested, please see the link below for historical data on species occurrence at the refuge for the month of December, just to get an idea of what could be seen during the visit:

Steigerwald Lake NWR- Historic December Sightings


Walking distance: 3.5 miles roundtrip
Elevation changes: mostly flat with an occasional slope to 5% maximum.
Trail: crushed gravel, 6-12 feet wide
Pacing: slow with frequent stops for scanning/listening
Rest stops: none
Sun exposure: mostly direct given open habitat
Parking: We will park and meet at the lot called “Steigerwald Lake NWR Kiosk” (in Google maps). Next, we will hike out and back ~3.5 miles in total, first taking the levee south via Mountain View Trail, then heading E/NE partially down the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail scanning the floodplain. This trail sees seasonal closures for the protection of wintering waterfowl, so we may double back and continue further east on River View Trail before heading back to the parking lot.
Bathrooms: Pit toilets in parking lot

Visit Steigerwald NWR in Winter!

Join us for some fun winter birding at this Clark County hotspot and national wildlife refuge known for its waterfowl among other floodplain specialist species.


Field Trip Details

  • Date: Decebember 10, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $45 members / $65 non-members


December 10, 2023
8:30 am - 11:30 am
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