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story.lead_photo.caption White pelicans are some of the interesting migratory birds that can be seen in Missouri in winter. Learn more about some of Missouri's best birding sites at a Jan. 13 Missouri Department of Conservation virtual program. Photo by Submitted

Bird-watching provides year-round enjoyment for some people, but interest in this activity increases in winter.

Two upcoming free virtual classes hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation will offer information about how to both find birds and bring birds to you this winter.

Bird watching is an activity that can be enjoyed novices and experts alike. And once you start birding, you'll want to know where the good spots are.

People can learn about good locations for winter birding at the Missouri Department of Conservation virtual program "Top 10 Winter Birding Areas." This free program, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, is part of a year-long "Top 10" series of programs being put on by the staff of MDC's Shoal Creek Conservation in Joplin.

At this program, MDC Administrative Assistant Tim Smith will discuss the top winter birding spots in Missouri. He will discuss what can be seen at these locations and will provide viewing tips. This program is open to all ages. People can register for this program at:

Feeding birds is a great way to learn about different species, and it's an activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

People can get tips on attracting birds to feeders in winter at the virtual program "Attracting Winter Birds." This free program, slated for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, is also being hosted the staff of MDC's Shoal Creek Conservation.

At this program, MDC Naturalist Jessie Ballard provide tips on the types of feeders and food that can attract a variety of species to your backyard. This program is designed for ages 10 and up. People can register for this program at

Though these programs are free, registration using the links above is required to participate. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them.

Both programs will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual programs during the ongoing pandemic. A listing of these programs can be found at

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