Birdwatching

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Birding is popular because it’s easy to get started, and it offers increasingly greater rewards the more you learn. It’s also an inexpensive hobby — a field guide and pair of binoculars are all you need.

Read on for tips on how to get started identifying Missouri's birds around your home or out in the field. This section provides information on:

  • Birdwatching tools
  • Identifying birds
  • Bird behavior and habitats
  • Great places to watch birds in Missouri
  • MDC bird-related events
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Learn about binoculars and field guides as well as birding apps and other helpful tools.

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Learn key features that will help you tell bird species apart.

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Upload and store your bird sightings in this online database and view sightings of other birders around the world. 

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The Great Missouri Birding Trail was created to show birders the best places to find birds around the state. 

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Great Places For Birdwatching

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About 90 percent of the area is composed of old fields converted into a mixed hardwood plantati
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This area provides access to the James River. Two parking lots and a boat ramp are provided.

Birding Events

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Registration period: May 1 - May 18
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:30 am - Wednesday, May 18, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: April 15 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, May 21, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while she attempts to capture some for banding. Ages 7-adult.
Registration period: April 19 - May 24
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 12:00 pm - Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every spring tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbirds return to Missouri from their winter homes in Central America and Mexico. They may fly 500 miles or more non-stop! This virtual program will cover information about these amazing little creatures, such as their life cycle, favorite foods, and their journey north and south.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center “A Year in Color” this program earns a red bead.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration period: May 1 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 7:30 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: May 3 - June 3
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 7:30 am - Saturday, June 4, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area
Join us for an early morning 5-mile hike at the Marais Temps Clair (MTC) Conservation Area.    Birds are most active in the early morning hours. This a great time of the year for a hike to see what lives in the marsh habitat of MTC. Dress for the weather, and bring water, lunch, and binoculars for bird viewing.
Registration period: May 6 - June 15
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 15, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs will help you find common nesting birds during this indoor and outdoor program. Ages 7-adult.
Registration period: May 9 - June 16
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 16, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area
This program is aimed for the kids, or those that are kids at heart. Come learn about the Eastern Turkey while creating a resin keychain out of a turkey feather. You can bring your own feather, or one will be supplied for you. This is a hands-on class and will require participants to listen closely to instruction while working with resin. Participants must be at least 16 years of age (or have an adult present for the entire class) to participate.
Registration period: May 6 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, June 18, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while she attempts to capture some for banding. Ages 7-adult.
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Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. Find places to view eagles on your own, or join us at some of the many Eagle Days events scheduled around the state.

Eagle Days Events

There are no events scheduled at this time.