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

Nodaway
Mozingo Lake is located in Nodaway County, 3 miles east of Maryville on US 136 (follow the sign
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This 100 acre conservation area contains a mix of woodlands, grasslands, crop fields, and recon

Birding Events

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Registration period: September 1 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 am - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.
Registration period: September 15 - October 1
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 8:00 am - Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Are you unfamiliar with some of the water birds native to Saint Louis? Come join us as we hike along the Mississippi River, looking for some of the water birds native to the region. No experience required, dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: September 10 - October 7
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center to learn all about owls and what makes these elusive birds of prey unique! Each participant will be able to make a fun owl paint pour craft to take home. We will be using acrylic paint, which does not come out of fabric, so wear clothes that can be ruined. Weather permitting, we will be outside, so please dress accordingly. Masks will be strongly encouraged when social distancing is not possible, and current COVID-19 guidance will be followed.

Everyone present must register.
Registration period: August 17 - October 23
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 23, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Different songbirds have different feeding habitats. Join us as we learn about the feeding habitats of songbirds in Missouri and how to plan a bird-feeding station. By choosing the right seed for your bird-feeding station and landscaping with plants that furnish cover and additional food, you can enjoy watching birds in your backyard all year long! Each participating family will be able to make one platform birdfeeder.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL SUSAN.HARRIS@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ATTENDING.
Registration period: August 17 - October 23
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Different songbirds have different feeding habitats. Join us as we learn about the feeding habitats of songbirds in Missouri and how to plan a bird-feeding station. By choosing the right seed for your bird-feeding station and landscaping with plants that furnish cover and additional food, you can enjoy watching birds in your backyard all year long! Each family participating will be able to make a platform birdfeeder. Each participating family will be able to make one platform birdfeeder.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL SUSAN.HARRIS@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ATTENDING.
Registration period: August 17 - October 23
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 23, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Different songbirds have different feeding habitats. Join us as we learn about the feeding habitats of songbirds in Missouri and how to plan a bird-feeding station. By choosing the right seed for your bird-feeding station and landscaping with plants that furnish cover and additional food, you can enjoy watching birds in your backyard all year long! Each family participating will be able to make a platform birdfeeder. Each participating family will be able to make one platform birdfeeder.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL SUSAN.HARRIS@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ATTENDING.
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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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