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MDC to help host managed waterfowl hunts at Cooley Lake

Kansas City, Mo. – The oxbow lake portion of the Cooley Lake Conservation Area in Clay County, which is primarily a wetland, will be closed on Oct. 24-25 and Nov. 7-8. Managed waterfowl hunts will be held at the wetland on those dates. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is partnering with Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation to hold a waterfowl hunt for youths during the first closure. MDC and The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors, which serves military veterans, will be partners for the second hunt.

MDC crews create fish habitat at Smithville Lake

Smithville, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) crews boosted fish habitat at Smithville Lake on Oct. 6 by felling trees growing near the shoreline into the water. The trees will provide good spawning habitat in spring for fish, especially largemouth bass. They will also be durable shelter for newly hatched sportfish fry hiding from predators.

MDC crews with boats and chainsaws dropped the trees into the water's edge in coves in the Rock Creek, Linn, and Roberts branches of the lake. All sites are north of the Route W Bridge on the lake's upper end.

MDC taps Storybook Forest friends for conservation tales

Kansas City, Mo. – Once upon a time, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center realized children enjoy both nature's surprises and familiar fairy tales. So do grownups. So on Oct. 3, the staff magically made well-known characters from fables appear. The Nature Center's paved Missouri Tree Trail became for a day a walk into "Storybook Forest."

MDC seeks public input on Linscomb Wildlife Area plan

El Dorado Springs, 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 conservation areas and invites public comments.

Draft plans for the Linscomb Wildlife Area in St. Clair County will be available for public comment through Oct. 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

MDC seeks public input on Kearn Wildlife Area plan

Knob Noster, 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 conservation areas and invites public comments.

MDC seeks public comment for Reed Area long-range plan

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) seeks public input on the final draft of a long-range management plan for the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for almost 1,000 conservation areas throughout the state and invites public comments.

MDC helps Higginsville schools join MoNASP program

Higginsville, Mo. – Students at Lafayette County C-1 School District in Higginsville will be able to participate this year in the Missouri National Archery in Schools (MoNASP) program, thanks to grants and assistance from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

MDC offers HOWLoween fun Oct. 16 at Discovery Center

Kansas City, Mo. – Nature's nighttime creatures are not necessarily creepy, in fact, they're creatively fascinating. Celebrate nature on an autumn night at HOWLoween, as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center turns the outdoor garden into a Wild Side Walk 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

Big turnout for MDC and DU Family Outdoors Day

Kansas City, Mo. – Sunny weather with a touch of autumn helped draw attendance estimated at 800 to 1,000 people on Sept. 26 to Family Outdoors Day at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit. The event honoring the annual National Hunting and Fishing Day was a partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ducks Unlimited and other conservation partners.

"This was one of the best that I've seen in a long time," said Debra Burns, MDC wildlife regional supervisor.

Walk in nature's Storybook Forest at free MDC family event

Kansas City, Mo. – Once a year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center develops an autumn special event that uses creativity to connect people with nature. The wonders in nature can seem magical, and this year's theme of "Once Upon A Time" will take visitors down enchanted trails on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. Costumed performers will tell tales about creatures and conservation with performances 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

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