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HITE PRAIRIE CONSERVATION AREA
Edge Wade, December 2009
103 acres  Morgan Co.  DeLorme 37, I-6
GPS:  38.4223557779,-92.8617871304
Map:  http://extra.mdc.mo.gov/documents/area_brochures/7922map.pdf
MDC owned; for information call 573-346-2210
 
Directions:  From MO 52 on the west side of Versailles, go 1/2 mile south on Fairgrounds Rd.  This road runs along the east side of the prairie.  Turn west at the first corner to reach the small parking area on the south side.
 
When to Visit/Species to Expect:  Anytime, but migration and nesting season are best.  Look for nesting grassland sparrows.  Species present may vary depending on recent habitat maintenance practices.
 
Features of interest to birders: Native tallgrass prairie (birds and wildflowers)
 
Toilets: None
 
Camping: None
 
Hazards/Limitations: Take it slow going over the elevated old railroad bed on Fairgrounds Rd. at the northwest corner of the prairie; the drop-off on the south side is not car spring friendly.
 
Nearby Birding Sites:  Manito Lake CA, Mora CA, Big Buffalo Creek CA,  Gravois Mills Access.