Chris and mobirds-l:

CACHE (Conservation Area Checklist Project) and SPARKS (State Parks
Checklist Project) include areas specific to each.

CACHE is a partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)
and SPARKS is a partnership with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Some city parks are managed by MDC and would be included in the CACHE
locations. Other parks are part of neither CACHE nor SPARKS. Tower Grove
Park (TGP) is one example. That park is managed by an entity other than MDC
/ DNR.

I applaud your desire to post your findings so that others might benefit
from a database of historical information, however I am unaware of any such
process for TGP. At one time, Sherry McCowan managed a database for birding
info that MIGHT have included TGP. I am not sure nor do I know if that is
still active. 

Chris, keep birding and posting your finds on ASM's listserve (mobirds-l).
If you bird an area that is a State Park or Conservation Area in Missouri, I
hope you find the time to enter that data into the SPARKS / CACHE database!

Have a great BIRDING New Year.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Christina McClarren
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 6:34 PM
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Subject: Re: Smith's Longspur locations, etc.

It seems that Cache/Sparks are for Conservation areas, State Parks, and
Historic Area sites.  I couldn't find Tower Grove Park or Forest Park
anywhere in Cache or Sparks - obviously, they are not in any the three
categories that data is collected on. (I found Carondelet Park under
Conservation areas...hmmm.)  I'd like to enter trip reports, many of which
are Tower Grove Park.  How do I do this - not only for TGP, but any area I
bird that is not listed?  Do we need a new category to add these areas?  I
apologize if this has already been discussed and answered somewhere - and I
missed it.

Chris McClarren
St. Louis South City
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---- Edge <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
> Mobirders,
> Below is my response to Jessie's queries about where to find a 
> particular species and where to bird in a particular county.  These 
> responses may be of use to any Missouri or visiting birder.
> To learn where to find any particular species, on the Audubon Society 
> of Missouri (ASM) webpage:,  in the CACHE drop down 
> menu, go to View Entered Data, then click on  Species Search in the
> slide out menu.   scroll to Smith's Longspur, cllick on submit, and  
> all trips where Smith's Longspur have been reported will appear.   
> Click on any report of interest to you and the actual trip report will 
> appear.
> As for Smith's Longspur, Bradford Farm, Pawnee Prairie and Columbia 
> Bottoms are a long way from Greene Co.  The report for Wah-kon-tah 
> Prairie may be of use to you.  It shows Susan Hazelwood as the data 
> source for a trip by St. Louis Audubon with 16 people on it.  Perhaps 
> Susan or others on that trip can give you specific information as to 
> where on the prairie the birds were found.
> As to birding locations in Greene Co., go to Missouri Department of 
> Conservation (MDC) webpage: under Quick Links click
> on Conservation Areas.  When the page loads, scroll to Greene Co.   
> All sites have descriptions, directions to them and maps of the area.
> Another source:  A Guide to Birding In Missouri (see the ASM website 
> for source info.)
> Good birding,
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
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