F. O. and Leda J. Sears Memorial Wildlife Area

Driving Directions

From Rush Hill, take Route B north 3.50 miles.


This 160 acre Conservation area was deeded to the Department in 1980 and acquired via life estate after the death of Leda J. Sears in 1990. Mrs. Sears intended the property be used as a sanctuary for all wildlife, and to the extent possible for the benefit and preservation of the Greater Prairie Chicken. Although Greater Prairie Chickens are no longer found in the vicinity, restoration and management of the native grassland community is the management priority.

Audrain County was mostly prairie at the time of the earliest European settlement. The Frank and Leda J. Sears Memorial Conservation Area offers a glimpse of what the tallgrass prairie would have looked like over much of Audrain County's historic landscape.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Particularly grassland birds. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Demonstrations  Entire area is a prairie plant (grasses and forbs) restoration project 
Hiking  No designated trails 
Other  Hunting not allowed by deed - wildlife refuge. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Named Prairie Sears Prairie 160.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 159.93  
Total Area Acres:159.93 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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