Big Spring area will be closed Nov 8 & 9 and Dec 12 - 14
The Big Spring area will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety during the Wounded Warrior managed hunt November 8-9 and the managed archery hunt December 12-14.
(Copyright Bill O'Donnell)
The wide diversity of habitat types in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and its location along the Mississippi Flyway mean that a large variety of bird species can be found in the park. Nearly two hundred species have been identified as nesting or migrating through the area. Doubtless there are others waiting to be added to the list. Over fifty species are known to nest in the park, with at least another dozen species likely.
Canebrakes along the rivers are home to the state listed (endangered) Swainson's Warbler. This shy songster is at the edge of its range and has had its populations reduced by the elimination of canebrakes for agriculture and by the damming of rivers for impoundments. Birders visiting the Ozark Riverways will do well to come in the spring or fall migration months. Bald eagles are fairly common in the winter months.
Did You Know?
Blue Spring is 310 feet deep. If the Statue of Liberty was standing on the bottom, the top of her torch would be underwater! It is widely considered to be the most beautiful spring in Missouri due to its vivid blue color. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...