Birdsong Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Collins, take Highway 54 west about 4 miles, then Route J south 2.50 miles.


This area is mostly forest with old fields and native grass. Facilities/features: permanent stream (Brush Creek), Brush Creek Natural Area.

About This Area

Birdsong Conservation Area contains oak savannas and woodlands with expanses of dolomite glade common on thin soils and bluffs along Brush Creek.

This area also contains several large pockets of native grassland. Restoration efforts are underway, including tree planting, grass planting, tree removal, and prescribed burning.

The Niangua darter, listed as state endangered and federally threatened, is documented within Brush Creek, which runs through the center and western boundary of Birdsong CA.

The diversity of aquatic species and the quality of Brush Creek led to the designation of Brush Creek Natural Area on Birdsong CA. Forty-one species of fish have been recorded in the area and invertebrate life is also diverse. Large golden redhorse, longear sunfish, northern hog sucker, Ozark minnow, bleeding shiner, and striped fantail and rainbow darters are some of the common fish. This part of Brush Creek has also been listed as Critical Habitat for the Niangua Darter, a federally threatened species.

Area access trails provide opportunity for hiking and bird watching, but are restricted to foot traffic.

General Information

Kansas City

Saint Clair


Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Forest-interior and spring migrants in forested areas. Get the  Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Brush Creek 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. Brush Creek 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Brush Creek Natural Area 26.00 acres A significant bottomland forest protecting Brush Creek, which is habitat for black nose shiner and Niangua darter. For more information, see natural areas.   
Stream - Permanent Brush Creek 1.70 miles Habitat for black nose Shiner and Niangua darter. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 275.00 24 acres of trees were planted in 2016. 
Old Field 89.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 65.68 35 acres of native warm season grass were planted in 2016.  
Total Area Acres:429.68 

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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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