Situated in the floodplain between the Mississippi River and St. Francois Rivers, efforts continue to restore local natural wetlands and wildlife habitats. This itinerary provides nature lovers with seven established wildlife refuges/conservation areas offering interpretative centers, established trails and boardwalks. In addition to deer, turkey and bobcat, these areas are home to snowy egrets, trumpeter swans, 17 different birds of prey including bald and golden eagles, ospreys, merlins and seven species of owl. All locations are within 30 minutes of Sikeston and include General Watkins Conservation Area, Mississippi River Walk and Observation Deck, Lake Tywappity Conservation Area, Big Oak Tree State Park, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, 10-Mile Pond Conservation Area and Otter Slough Conservation Area. Most locations are handicapped accessible, and offer picnic and restroom facilities. Self-directed itinerary available on-line at www.visitsikeston.com.