Birding beyond the Kansas City area
There are many opportunities for weekend trips or longer vacations for birding beyond the Kansas City area. Here are a few ideas for some really interesting birding adventures.
Areas for one- or two-day trips
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge - 30 mi. N of St. Joseph, Mo., just off I-29  [website]
    • 7350 acres; visitor center; 10 mile nature drive; 3 hiking trails 0.5 to 1.5 miles long
    • Hosts 301 bird species, 33 mammal species, and 35 reptile and amphibian species
    • Wintering area for Bald Eagles and Snow Geese
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge & Cheyenne Bottoms - near Great Bend, Ks.  [website]
    • More than 60,000 acres of lowland; visitor center; nature drives; short hiking trails
    • More than 320 bird species including whooping cranes in fall and early spring
    • Largest marsh in US interior; 45% of North American shorebirds stop here in spring
Konza Prairie Preserve - about 6 miles south of Manhattan, Ks.   [website]
    • 8600 acre native tallgrass prairie; hiking trails from 2 to 14 miles
    • More than 200 species of birds including Greater Prairie Chickens
Areas for a week's vacation or longer
Rio Grand Valley in Texas [website]
    • Santa Ana NWR, Sabal Palm Grove Wildlife Sanctuary, Laguna Atascosa NWR;
       Bentsen-Rio Grand Valley State Park, South Padre Island boardwalk
    • About 400 bird species: Green Jay, Altamira Oriole, Chacalaca, many hummingbirds
Southeast Arizona [website]
    • Madera, Miller, Ramsey Canyons, Patagonia/Sonoita Creek Sanctuary, others
    • About 400 bird species: Vermillion Flycatcher, many hummingbirds, Painted Redstart
Costa Rica [website]
    • Monteverde Cloud Forest, La Selva Biological Station, Cerro de la Muerte, others
    • More than 874 bird species: quetzals, motmots, euphonias, manakins, oropendolas
Cape May, N.J. [website]
    • Major migratory route for over 300 species (sea/shore birds and songbirds) in spring
Florida (Merritt Island NWR, Sanibel Island, Guana River, others) [website]
    • About 485 bird species: herons, Wood Stork, parakeets, woodpeckers, Black Skimmer
Southwestern Louisiana (Avery Island, Cameron Parish) [website]
    • Great region to see herons, egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, ibis, Purple Gallinule
Page added 6/10/2011 (Latest Rev 7/31/2015 major new KC bird list)