Late April typically combines the best of the spring woodland wildflower display with increasing migrant songbird arrivals. Where better to enjoy it than Columbia Audubon Society’s own Wild Haven Nature Area, with its mature woods along upper Hinkson Creek? In addition, there’s a small sandstone glade that hosts interesting mosses, a prairie patch, and some edge habitats. Wild Haven has hosted a number of volunteer work days over the years, but this time, leave your work gloves at home and grab binoculars instead, as this is the time to enjoy the payoff of prior volunteer efforts, including an expanded trail system. 

Meet at Wild Haven at 8:00 a.m., and park near the picnic shelter. Plan for ~3 hours of naturalist-paced walking. 

The field trip will be led by John Besser (, who has for years led the volunteer effort to manage and maintain Wild Haven.