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MDC and conservation partners host Wings Over Weston

Weston, Mo. – Birds, such a simple word for creatures that fly, sing, strut and swim with amazing variety. Their natural history and the conservation that supports birds and all natural life will be celebrated at Wings Over Weston 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Weston Bend State Park in Platte County. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is a sponsor of the event along with Burroughs Audubon Society, Missouri State Parks, and other private and public partners.

MDC helps host youth outdoor skills event May 16

Sedalia, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Ha Ha Tonka Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation invite youth to the 3rd annual M.U.L.E.Y. Outdoor Event 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Sedalia Rod and Gun Club. This free event gives youths ages 8 to 18 a chance to learn outdoor skills.

MDC's Big Buffalo Creek offers colorful spring hikes

Cole Camp, Mo. – A flower show is underway at the Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area. Flowering dogwood trees are splashing white blooms across the forest understory. Lavender-flowered trilliums poke skyward from the leaf-covered ground, one of many wildflowers in bloom. Spring is a colorful time to hike at public lands owned or managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Big Buffalo Creek is an especially showy wildflower haven in hills bordering the lovely clear-water stream that lends the area its name.

MDC to give away seedlings at KC Arbor Day event April 18

Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri State Forester Lisa Allen will be among the speakers at the Healthy Trees for Life Arbor Day celebration 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Loose Park, 55th and Summit Streets. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is a partner of the free event, hosted by Kansas City Parks & Recreation, and will give away swamp white oak seedling trees at the event. Allen is the MDC Forestry Division Chief.

MDC Lost Valley Hatchery to host Kids Fishing Day April 25

Warsaw, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host the 14th annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, April 25, at its Lost Valley Fish Hatchery, 28232 Hatchery Way in Warsaw. This free event welcomes youngsters age 15 and under to try fishing for the first time or for experienced anglers to learn new skills.

Registration for participants starts at 9 a.m. The whistle will blow at 10 a.m. for fishing to begin in the kid's pond in front of the hatchery. The event will conclude at 2 p.m.

MDC hosts free black powder rendezvous on April 18

Kansas City, Mo. – Grab your powder horn or camera, the Lake City Rendezvous will offer black powder shooting, frontier lore and a chance for interesting photos 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. The public is invited to enjoy the free event celebrating early 1800s backwoods skills at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Lake City Shooting Range, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner, Mo.

"The rendezvous is a glimpse at what the 1800's may have been like and some of the challenges that mountain men faced," said Kellie Zurowski, MDC range officer.

MDC foresters say avoid planting invasive trees

Homeowners can help conservation by wisely choosing native trees and shrubs to plant this spring. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) foresters suggest that native trees can provide showy blooms in spring while also boosting butterflies and wildlife. Non-native trees are generally less beneficial, and some oft-planted ornamentals, such as Bradford pear, have become invasive and harmful to natural areas.


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