Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
- (1) Visitor Center
- Goldfinch, Cardinals, Robins, Chickadees, and Titmice like this area. You can see Red-Tailed Hawks and Kestrels over the field next to the Center. Check this area during all times of the year and you'll likely find something worthwhile.
- (2) Gibson Mill Trail
- This trail has good birding most of the year. In spring you will find most of the warblers and vireos here. Indigo Buntings, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Downey Woodpeckers, Bluebirds and Kentucky Warblers are among those that nest along this trail.
- (3) Upper Manley Trail
- This trail offers great opportunities at certain times of the year. Barred Owls, deer and Red Fox plus nesting Blue-Winged Warblers, Yellow-Breasted Chat, Rufous-Sided Towees and lots of sparrows.
- (4) Tour Road
- The five paved miles of the park tour road allow easy viewing of wildlife, flowers and birds. You'll need to watch, listen and stop along the way.
By the Ray house, Blue Grosbeaks, Chats and Goldfinch will be talking. In fall and winter Sparrows, White-Throated, White-Crowned and Field, will be singing among the weeds.
When you get to the bridges over Wilson's Creek in the winter be sure to check the trees for Bald Eagles.
Blue-Winged and Kentucky Warblers have been found nesting along the road along with Red-Eyed, White-Eyed and Warbling Vireos.
- (5) Bloody Hill
- In the fields by this trail you will see Northern Harrier, Red-Tailed Hawks, and frequently, White-Tailed Deer. This is a good spot to see Turkey Vultures overhead and, if you're very lucky, a Coopers Hawk.
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