Bird Watching

Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1964, the refuge is named in honor of Congressman Clarence Cannon. The purpose is to provide a feeding & resting area for the over 230 species of birds the visit the refuge. Spring and fall are the best viewing times.

Monday thru Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (sunrise to sunset)

Ted Shanks Conservation Area

6,705 acres managed by the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serve, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The headquarters building contains displays & exhibits. Self-guided auto tour maps are available. Listed on the National Audubon Society's Great River Birding Trail.

Call for hours.

McCully Heritage Project

Facilities and programs that provide the opportunity for the public to appreciate the natural, historical & cultural resources of the lower Illinois River valley. 15 miles of hiking and horseback trails, scenic overlooks, two fishing ponds, wildlife and bird watching, wildflowers and trees, geocaching, picnic areas, wetland with a boardwalk, and a birding trail & bird nest exhibit.

Visit website or call for hours as well as a full list of activities & events.