Veery has temporarily moved! The Birdfreak Team is partially split for the summer as Veery spends a few months working in Jefferson City, Missouri. Join in on her adventures through a new state and her quest to answer this question: How’s the birding in mid-Missouri?
Runge Conservation Nature Center is located on highway 179 in Jefferson City, Missouri. It is a beautiful nature center with many hiking trails. Almost all the trails are paved with location signs, good maps and information about each trail.
There is a wide variety of prairie, savanna and woodland restoration going on. While I hiked the trails I peacefully saw a large variety of birds. Carolina Chickadee and an excited White-eyed Vireo topped the list. I also added a few more species to my Missouri List.
The Nature Center is spectacular. There is a large viewing area behind glass that looks over hummingbird and seed feeders. They even had bins there for bin-less people to use! That is not something I have seen often. There are also exhibits about Missouri habitats and wildlife. I was much impressed.
Good birding and God Bless!