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SAND PRAIRIE CONSERVATION AREA
Edge Wade, June 2010
200 acres  Scott Co.  DeLorme 68, A-4
GPS:  37.0979289911,-89.4995634476
MDC owned; for information call 573-290-5730
 
Directions:  From I-55 south of Cape Girardeau, take Exit 80 (Benton), go southeast (left) on Hwy. 77 for about 2 miles to CR 333.  Turn left (north) onto CR 333 and go about 2 miles to the area on the right, beyond CR 344.
 
When to Visit/Species to Expect:  Anytime.  A broad spectrum of sparrows is a special draw for this underbirded area, but a surprising variety of other birds has been found.  Mimics are present in warm seasons; shorebirds have been seen during migration.  Bewick’s Wrens have been found on the area.
 
Features of interest to birders:  Access is at small parking area on CR 333.  This remnant area of sand-loving plant communities is being restored with native grassland species.  The area is nearly flat, but the sharp-eyed birder will note sand blows and swales where birds may be skulking in the sand savanna and prairie landscape.
 
Toilets:  None
 
Camping:  None
 
Hazards/Limitations:  None noted
 
Nearby Birding Sites:  General Watkins CA, Delaney (Robert G.) Lake CA.