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

Birding Events

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Registration period: June 8 - July 15
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022 7:30 am - Saturday, July 16, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area
Join us for a 2 and ½ mile hike to view the herons and egrets feeding in the MTC marsh. The young have just left the nests so we may see both young and adults feeding together. See some of the showiest members of all wading birds. Participants meet at: Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area on Island Road, St. Charles County. Dress for the weather, bring water, snacks, binoculars.
Registration period: May 20 - July 22
Date: Friday, July 22, 2022 2:00 pm - Friday, July 22, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
If you want to go beyond songbirds, check out Missouri's birds of prey! Dickerson Park Zoo docents will offer indoor programs at 2 and 3 pm. The classrooms will be open from 1:30-3:30 pm with crafts and activities. All ages. Registration required. Please register each member of your party. Ages 6-adult.
Registration period: May 20 - July 22
Date: Friday, July 22, 2022 3:00 pm - Friday, July 22, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
If you want to go beyond songbirds, check out Missouri's birds of prey! Dickerson Park Zoo docents will offer indoor programs at 2 and 3 pm. The classrooms will be open from 1:30-3:30 pm with crafts and activities. All ages. Registration required. Please register each member of your party. Ages 6-adult.
Registration period: May 20 - July 23
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, July 23, 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: June 17 - July 25
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 7:30 am - Wednesday, July 27, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Boot camp without the pushups! This day camp for adults is an all-day adventure for anyone interested in birding.

Day 1 will focus on learning the basics of bird identification by sight and sound as well as identifying common features of our local birds. We’ll look at some of the gear, apps, and other resources that make birding easier and more enjoyable.

Day 2 we will check out a few places within SEMO to look for birds and when to expect to see them.

Bring a sack lunch with you and refillable water bottle. You are welcome to bring your own gear if you wish.

This program is taught jointly by MDC staff, volunteers, and bird enthusiasts who can help you on your birding journey. We will have field guides and binoculars for use.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a yellow outdoor adventure bead.

Registration period: July 5 - July 22
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 7:00 pm - Tuesday, July 26, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Many people love spending time in the outdoors in hopes of viewing wildlife, but have you ever had the desire to make bird or animal calls with your own voice to see if you could call them in? Well, here’s your chance!! Come join us at Shaw Nature Reserve to learn about barred owls, what sounds they make, how to duplicate those sounds with your own voice ------ and then try to call a barred owl into viewing distance!!! No guarantees, but it’s fun and exciting to try calling an owl and at least get it to respond. Even if we aren’t successful on this night, you will leave with the knowledge and skills to try it on your own another time.

The entire program will be in an outdoor setting, starting under a pavilion while it’s still daylight and then calling into the evening hours as night-time approaches.

Things to bring:

Proper clothing and footwear – Dress for the weather as we will be out in the field and woods.

Bug spray if desired (bug spray will not be provided so bring your own)

Bottled Water – Bring your own

Small Flashlight to walk after dark

Outdoor chair for the first part of the program.

So come join us Tuesday July 26, 2022 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Shaw Nature Reserve. More specific directions will be emailed to the participants the evening before the program . Please provide a good phone contact in case of cancellation. Should the program be cancelled due to bad weather, there will be a make up "rain date" of Thursday July 28th, so put that date on your calendar as well.

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, August 13, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri's most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these unique birds to your yard or garden as they begin moving south for the fall migration! Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also know as nature's helicopter! If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: May 24 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, August 27, 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: June 18 - August 29
Date: Monday, August 29, 2022 3:00 pm - Monday, August 29, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Hummingbirds are among the most unique and amazing birds in the world. Join us online as we explore the traits that make these tiny, feathered creatures so spectacular. Registration required. Registered participants will receive the webinar link by email both one day and one hour before the program. All ages invited.
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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

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