Kansas City

Wood chips flying off new canoe at MDC Discovery Center

Kansas City, Mo. – A 29-foot-long canoe hollowed out of a cottonwood log is taking shape at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. The canoe mimics those used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806, especially on their float back downstream on the Missouri River from the Rocky Mountains to St. Louis.

But canoe creator T.J. Jenkins has an advantage that the Lewis and Clark crew might have enjoyed -- chainsaws and leaf blowers.

MDC offers Effective Wingshooting classes in KC area

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter courses in the Kansas City and Warrensburg areas. These courses help shotgun hunters improve shooting skills, understand shot shell loads and choke patterns, estimate range, and understand the benefits of nontoxic shot.

MDC to offer free Discover Nature — Fishing programs

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer free Discover Nature — Fishing programs in Warrensburg and Clinton during August. Discover Nature — Fishing teaches participants about fishing tackle, methods and where to fish. Equipment is provided and the program is a great way for families and youth to learn about fishing.

MDC congratulates Pembroke Hill for NCF-Envirothon win

Kansas City, Mo. – A team from Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo., won the 2015 NCF-Envirothon, a week-long North American natural resource education competition held July 27 to Aug. 2 in Springfield, Mo. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is a partner in the program.

"We congratulate the Pembroke Hill team, and thank the coaches, teachers, school and community for supporting them," said Kevin Lohraff, MDC education program and curriculum supervisor.

MDC welcomes participants in dove banding project in Kansas City area

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the public a chance to participate in research on mourning dove populations. Each summer, MDC employees trap doves and affix small identification bands. The doves are then released back into the wild. Band information returned by hunters and birders helps monitor dove populations. Scientists also track the popular gamebird's migrations in Missouri and other states.

MDC offers free help with native plant landscaping

Kansas City, Mo. – Late summer is a good time to see pollinator insects such as butterflies visiting flowers and plants. But habitat loss is causing an alarming decline in some species, including the beloved monarch butterfly. Planting native wildflowers in home garden plantings or as wildlife cover on rural acreages is a great way to help the pollinators.

MDC biologists manage habitat to help prairie chickens through wet weather

Kansas City, Mo. – Hard rains and cool conditions in early summer are not optimal conditions for Missouri's endangered prairie chickens to nest and raise broods. Unusually wet weather befell western Missouri this nesting season. What's good for many native prairie grasses and wildflowers can be a hindrance to ground-nesting birds. But Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists are hopeful that habitat improvements in recent years will help the iconic grassland grouse hold their numbers steady.

Sign up early for MDC's hunter education certification

Kansas City, Mo. – Hunting seasons will approach quickly as summer wanes. Now is a good time to become hunter education certified through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) training to be prepared for autumn hunts. Missouri's Hunter Education Course is required for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, and buys a firearms season hunting permit, or any person age 11 to 15 who hunts alone. The course teaches safety, skills and ethics.

Lichens and art mix in exhibit at MDC's Discovery Center

Kansas City – In aqua blue, lime green, brown or rusty red they bring color to rocks, trees and old wood. Now, lichens are the stars in a free art exhibit at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, which is part of a hide-and-seek art project in Kansas City. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting artist Sarah Hearn's exhibition, Invisible Landscapes.

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