Birding Site Guide to Prairie Home CA Printable Site Guide PRAIRIE HOME CONSERVATION AREA Edge Wade, May 2009 1,461 acres Cooper and Moniteau Co. DeLorme 37, D-8 GPS: 38.7824273676,-92.5952305414 MDC owned; for information call 573-884-6861 Directions: From the town of Prairie Home, go west on Rt. J, then south on Rt. W about 4 miles. Johnson Lake is reached from Prairie Rd., off Rt. W; most of the area is accessed via Cedron Rd., 1/4 mile further south on Rt. W. Alternate entrances/exits are Zey Rd. and the east end of Cedron Rd, both joining Rt. D southeast of the town of Prairie Home. When to Visit/Species to Expect: Anytime. Fine opportunities for passerine migration sightings, especially along the creek. Winter birding good. Carolina Chickadees have been found here in winter (Black-capped are to be expected year-round). This is beyond the Carolina Chickadee range of 20 years ago. Additional sighting information is being sought. Features of interest to birders: 3 lakes--Johnson (the largest & reached directly by road); Church (150 yds. from parking area); Cattail (100 yds. from parking area). Forest and woodland, stream access, glades (20 acres), savanna (20 acres) and native prairie (110 acres). Gravel road through the area, 9 parking areas, and about 8 miles of trails, with access from the parking areas provide excellent access to the varied habitats. Toilets: 1 privy at Johnson Lake Camping: 5 designated primitive areas. Hazards/Limitations: Low water crossings along Cedron Rd. may be impassible when ice is present, or due to high water, especially in the spring. Nearby Birding Sites: Overton Bottoms CA, Marion Bottoms CA, Marion Access.