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MUSSEL FORK CONSERVATION AREA
Edge Wade, July 2008
2,491 acres  Linn Co. & Macon Co.  DeLorme 22, H-6
GPS:  39.7290918695,-92.8536976688
Map:  http://extra.mdc.mo.gov/documents/area_brochures/8422map.pdf
MDC owned; for information call 660-646-6122
 
Directions:  10 miles east of Brookfield on the south side of US 36 (provides access to north and west portions; east from Marceline on Rt. WW goes to south  and east sides.  Minor Rd. (becomes Noble Dr.) goes north from Rt. WW to access the heart of the area.
 
When to Visit/Species to Expect:  Spring migration (along creek bottom); Late spring and summer for good variety of nesters; autumn/winter for wintering sparrows.  Wild Turkey and Northern Bobwhite are present.
 
Features of interest to birders:  Heronry in Mussel Creek bottoms
 
9 parking areas; 5 are well within the area, giving easy access for birding.
 
2 trails (two-track field roads) lead from parking areas (dead end), providing good variety of habitat with good viewing.
 
4 very small ponds can be viewed from parking areas
 
More than 250 acres of savanna and nearly 600 acres of non-prairie grassland (some gama grass stands)
 
Toilets:  None
 
Camping:  Primitive camping is allowed at all 9 parking areas (no toilets)
 
Hazards/Limitations:  None known
 
Nearby Birding Sites:  Old Marceline City Reservoir, Thomas Hill Reservoir, Long Branch SP.