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Birding sites in central, southeast MO added to Great Missouri Birding Trail website

(Source; Great Missouri Birding Trail) (Source; Great Missouri Birding Trail)

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is encouraging both beginner and seasoned bird watchers to discover nature by exploring the “best of the best” places to bird watch around Missouri - and finding them is as easy as going online to the new website, Great Missouri Birding Trail.

Other complete sections of the Great Missouri Birding Trail included St. Louis and Kansas City, each including a Metro Trail that features birding sites within each city’s center and are easily accessed by public transit. Work continues on the two remaining sections of the trail.

The trail website includes maps of the best birding sites around the Show-Me State, along with information on various aspects of bird conservation. Pages include birding tips, beginner basics, landscaping for birds and how to get involved with local bird organizations.

The best birding watching locations include mostly public land, such as conservation areas and state parks, and cover various types of bird habitats, such grasslands, woodlands, forests, glades and savannas. Each type of natural community hosts a different suite of bird species to identify.

The Great Missouri Birding Trail project was started by Mike Doyen of Rolla, president of the Missouri Bird Conservation Foundation. The trail is now a partnership between the Foundation and MDC, with support from other state and federal agencies and birding organizations.

“Nothing is more critical to birds than habitat,” Doyen said. “If the habitat is right, the birds will be there. Visit some of more than 200 sites along the Trail and become familiar with the diversity of habitat that birds call home. Then ask yourself: What can I do in my backyard to improve habitat for birds?”

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