Visitors Guide to
Guide to Bird Watching
in the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area


  Bald Eagles
From the middle of December to the middle of March the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway hosts the second largest overwintering Bald Eagle population in the continental United States. Peak number of eagles occur in January and February. A number of organizations and communities host entertaining and educational programs that allow visitors to get up close and personal with our national symbol as well as see them in their natural habitat.
  Bird Watching at Pere Marquette State Park
Approximately 230 species of birds have been identified within, at the boundaries or flying over Pere Marquette State Park in the past 20 years. Popular locations for bird watching are Stump Lake, in the river bottoms, McAdams Peak and other overlooks along the scenic drive through the park.
  Owls at Pere Marquette State Park
The Great Horned Owl, the Barred Owl and the Eastern Screech Owl are common to both the State and to Pere Marquette State Park. The Park offers programs on owls on a regular basis which include a lecture followed by a night time hike to listen for these fascinating birds. Check the Park Events Page for current opportunities.
  The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, established in 1988, includes 3,700 acres located in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway. These public lands and waters provide excellent habitat for birds that migrate in the east and central sections of the United States as well as long distance vagrants. The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is located on US 67/MO 367 just short of the Clark Bridge on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River.

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