Cardinals and Coffee program offers bird-watching

Department of Conservation naturalist Trana Madsen, right, directs Dora Ransdell, Jefferson City, center, and Carol Craig, Sedalia, to where she spotted a Northern flicker woodpecker Thursday morning at Runge Nature Center.

Department of Conservation naturalist Trana Madsen, right, directs Dora Ransdell, Jefferson City, center, and Carol Craig, Sedalia, to where she spotted a Northern flicker woodpecker Thursday morning at Runge Nature Center. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Missouri Department of Conservation naturalist Trana Madsen wants people to enjoy the more than 100 species of birds visiting the Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City each year. The new Cardinals and Coffee program is designed to do just that.

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Thursday’s freezing temperatures kept the turnout low, but winter months offer an opportunity to see cold weather birds.

“I need an excuse to get out in the woods,” Dora Ransdell said after completing the chilly hike.

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