Kansas City

Hummingbirds gone from feeders? They'll be back

Kansas City, Mo. – The ruby-throated hummingbird with blurred wingbeats and the ability to hover in the air is a fascinating visitor to flower gardens and home bird feeders. But each summer they seem to mysteriously vanish from some yards. They will return, says Larry Rizzo, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) natural history biologist.

MDC offers private landowners payments for public access

Kansas City, Mo. – A new program offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer payments to private landowners for public access for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. The voluntary Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) also offers financial incentives for wildlife habitat improvement on enrolled lands. The focus is mostly on enrolling lands in northern Missouri and near metro areas such as Kansas City, where public access opportunities are generally more limited.

MDC offers free class on fishing with alternative methods

Blue Springs, Mo. – Some of the best ways to catch fish, especially big catfish, have long traditions in outdoor families.

MDC seeks public input for Pinhook Access

Sedalia, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for the Pinhook Access northeast of Sedalia. Plans for the area will be available for public comment through June 30.

To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

DRAFT Pinhook Access Management Plan

Pinhook Access is 4 acres of forest and grasslands in Pettis County. This area is managed to provide public fishing access to Muddy Creek for bank anglers. There is one parking lot for public use.

MDC offers outdoor skills events geared for special needs

Kansas City, Mo. – Connections with nature enhance life for all, including people with special needs. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers programs to help those with special needs and their caregivers enjoy the outdoors.

MDC joins birding enthusiasts at Wings Over Weston

Weston, Mo. – Birds and butterflies were featured at the Wings Over Weston festival May 13 and 14 at Weston Bend State Park in Platte County. School groups toured nature exhibits and learned about birds and natural habitats on the birding fest's opening day. More than 700 people visited on Saturday when the festival hosted the general public. Sunny, cool weather made it a great day to hike on the park's trails and look for birds.

MDC offers landowners payment for public use of land

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a new program to increase public access to private lands for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) provides incentive payments to private landowners who volunteer to open their properties to the public for these types of outdoor activities. Additional incentives are also available to enhance wildlife habitat on enrolled lands.

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