MONITEAU CREEK CONSERVATION AREA
Seaman, Spring 2016
acres, Howard Co., Delorme 30, I-3
owned; for information call 573-815-7900
Directions: From Columbia, take I-70 West to
Highway 40 (Exit 121). Head north on Highway 40. Turn North on Rt. J. Turn West
on Rt. EE. Three parking lots can be accessed by going straight on Rt. A, and
another is reached by turning west on Rt. W.
When to Visit/Species to Expect: Early spring thaw is good for waterfowl, migration. Sora are here if the wetlands last after spring. The area has been reliable for Harris's Sparrow in winter and Fox Sparrow in spring. Chipping, Field and Grasshopper Sparrows are summer residents. The limited warbler list for the site is due in part to a low number of visits in the appropriate seasons. Bell’s Vireo breeds here in brush-dotted grasslands. Sedge Wren has been reported in late July, the Missouri-based second breeding season for the species.
ADA Information: Trails are not level. Best
viewing opportunities for birders with difficulty walking are from in or near a
vehicle in parking lots.
Features of interest to birders: The wetlands are accessed from an
easement coming from the southeast parking lot on Rt. A. A field road reached and traveled by foot can
take birders north along the wetlands to fields and wet forest.
parking lot on Rt. W takes birders to a pond, Moniteau Creek, fields and the
hardwood buffer between Moniteau Creek and the fields. The hotspot for
migratory warblers appears to be the hardwood buffer between Moniteau Creek and
the fields. Grassland birds appear to be more prevalent from the Rt. W parking
private land just northwest of the wetland and north of Moniteau Creek
supported a blue heron rookery as late as 2012. There is a scenic view of a
creek bluff northwest of the Rt. CC parking lot.
Camping: Primitive camping allowed off the
parking lots at Rt. CC, the northernmost Rt. A and Rt. W.
Hazards/Limitations: This area is popular during deer and turkey season. Wetlands are
intended to swell with floodwater during wet seasons. Midway Arms owns the land
east of Rt. A and south of Rt. CC and uses it for hunting and shooting events,
so it can get loud around the Rt. CC section.
Nearby Birding Sites: Fayette Lakes (D.C. Rogers*, Peters*
and Ricketts), Dairy Farm Lakes #1 & #3, and Davisdale Conservation Area.