Flyway Day

The first annual Flyway Day at Lewis and Clark State Park near Rushville, Missouri, will be held this Saturday. The free event is designed for viewing birds in the winter.

The first annual Flyway Day at Lewis and Clark State Park near Rushville, Missouri, will be held this Saturday. The free event is designed for viewing birds in the winter.

The inaugural Flyway Day at Lewis and Clark State Park near Rushville, Missouri, will be held this Saturday. Carol Clark, interpretive resource technician, said the event in Buchanan County is free to the public and is designed for families and landowners. “The idea for Flyway Day started because we wanted to host a winter birding event and we thought we should have a day where we could take families and individuals on a guided tour or hike,” Clark said. “This event is for beginning birders or expert birders. We can take birders at any experience level outside to view the various birds that are present in the park and at the lake.” The state park is located within the Iatan-Weston River Corridor which recognized as an important bird area. It has been identified as globally important for the conservation of bird populations. She said ducks and geese are expected to be seen at the event along with a potential for there to be trumpeter swans and Bald Eagles. For the event, park staff will offer a guided winter hike to view various birds and waterfowl. Attendees should meet at the park office for the event and the staff will be giving guided walks every 30 minutes. The walk will be around a 1/2 mile.

The inaugural Flyway Day at Lewis and Clark State Park near Rushville, Missouri, will be held this Saturday.

Carol Clark, interpretive resource technician, said the event in Buchanan County is free to the public and is designed for families and landowners.

“The idea for Flyway Day started because we wanted to host a winter birding event and we thought we should have a day where we could take families and individuals on a guided tour or hike,” Clark said. “This event is for beginning birders or expert birders. We can take birders at any experience level outside to view the various birds that are present in the park and at the lake.”

The state park is located within the Iatan-Weston River Corridor which recognized as an important bird area. It has been identified as globally important for the conservation of bird populations.

She said ducks and geese are expected to be seen at the event along with a potential for there to be trumpeter swans and Bald Eagles.

For the event, park staff will offer a guided winter hike to view various birds and waterfowl. Attendees should meet at the park office for the event and the staff will be giving guided walks every 30 minutes. The walk will be around a 1/2 mile.

“We will walk down towards the lake and I will have some spotting scopes set-up to look at different birds on the lake,” Clark said. “The event is open to all ages and spotting scopes will provide a better view of the birds.”

She encourages attendees to dress for the weather and to bring binoculars if they have them.

In addition, the state park office will have their keelboat exhibit room opened that houses a replica of the Lewis and Clark keelboat. There are kiosks available as part of the display that has information on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Flyway Day will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 16 at Lewis and Clark State Park. The park is located at 801 Lakecrest Boulevard in Rushville.

Pre-registration is not required for the event. However, attendees are encouraged to contact the state park in advance in the case of implement weather by phone at 816-579-5564.

Margaret Slayton can be reached at

news@greenacressells.com.