Edge Wade, 2017
530 acres Barton Co.
DeLorme 50, 5-F
Owned by Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF); for more information
Directions: From the junction of US 160 and MO 126 in
Golden City go west on MO 126 for 0.7 mile to MO 37. Turn south on MO 37 and go two miles to a
right turn onto SE 90th Rd. and go west for 2.5 miles to the area.
From northbound I-49,
take exit 66, turn east (right) onto Rt. K, and go about 8.5 miles to a left
turn onto SE 90th Lane, drive 2 miles north, turn left onto SE 90th Rd., then
drive about 0.5 mile west.
From southbound I-49,
take exit 70, turn east (left) onto Missouri 126, and drive about 6
miles. Turn right onto Rt. T, drive 2 miles south, turn left onto SE 90th
Rd., and go 2.5 miles east to the prairie on the south (right) side of the
ADA Information: No facilities.
Visit/Species to Expect: As late
as 2000, about 40 Greater Prairie-Chickens were resident and viewed on the lek
at Golden Prairie. With the extirpation
of that population, birding visits to the site have been few and have produced
fewer reports. Birders are missing some
great opportunities here.
Upland Sandpiper, Henslow’s and LeConte’s Sparrow, Northern Harrier, and Short-eared Owl may be present in season. Barn Owl has been reported in late February. Winter species include Loggerhead Shrike, Prairie Falcon and Lapland Longspur.
interest to birders: The original 320
acres were saved by MPF between 1970 and 1975, and was declared a National
Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in May 1975. To the west of the original site, 480 acres
are cooperatively managed by the neighboring landowner, thus comprising 1,100 acres
managed as unit. Management activities
include controlled burns, haying and seed harvest.
There are both natural and restored unglaciated prairie tracts, two
natural springs and two man-made ponds. About 250 plant species have been
identified here. There are two gravel parking areas.
Hazards/Limitations: None noted
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