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MDC's Burr Oak Woods offers guided birding hikes

Kansas City, Mo. – It is easy to simply notice a bird, but more interesting to recognize a species and understand how they interact with people and nature. An almost endless variety in colors, shapes, habits and quirks is what draws curious people to the outdoor adventure known as birding. The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs will offer a series of free birding excursions this spring to help people connect with birds and nature.

MDC hosts pond management workshop April 22

Warrensburg, Mo. – Ponds and small lakes are easily accessed waters and help make Missouri a great place to fish. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free pond management workshop 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at the Trails Regional Public Library, 432 N. Holden St., in Warrensburg.

MDC's Burr Oak Woods and Discovery Center to host native plant events

Kansas City, Mo. – Spring is a planting season, a time when people plant trees, flowers and shrubs for beauty and shade. Creatures such as birds and butterflies benefit, too, when native species are chosen for planting. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers online and in-person help for people interested in using native plants in landscaping.

MDC exhibit helps Liberty youth receive national honor

Kansas City, Mo. – Marky Mutchler of Liberty was recently named the 2015 Outstanding Young Birder of the Year by the American Birding Association. A sophomore at Liberty North High School, Marky topped a national field in a birding and conservation contest for youth ages 14-18.

The contest requires entrants to show their skills at keeping a field notebook, conservation and community leadership, illustration, writing and photography. Combined scores for all categories determine the winner.

MDC stocks rainbow and brown trout for KC urban fishing

Kansas City, Mo. – Conditions are extra favorable for late-winter trout fishing in the Kansas City area thanks to a weather warmup and some recent trout stockings by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Anglers will find plenty of fish in the four stocked lakes, said Bob Mattucks, an MDC fisheries management biologist.

MDC to host prescribed burn workshop in Independence on March 31

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a prescribed burn workshop 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, in the Conservation Room at the Bass Pro Shop store in Independence, 18001 Bass Pro Drive.

MDC offers outdoor skills Discover Nature Girls Camp

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a Discover Nature Girls Camp June 16-18 at Camp Palestine near Chilhowee in Johnson County. The camp is free, but is limited to 32 girls ages 11 to 15. The first 32 applications received by Conservation Agent Brian Bartlett will be accepted. Applications must be received by March 31.

MDC hosts prescribed fire workshops

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer two workshops in the Kansas City region for property managers interested in using prescribed fire to improve grasslands and benefit wildlife habitat. Both workshops are free and will cover all aspects of how prescribed fire can be safely used to benefit wildlife and people.

MDC offers squirrel hunting workshop and mentored hunt

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a workshop and a guided hunt to introduce people to squirrel hunting. Squirrels are plentiful, fun to hunt and can make great table fare. They offer a good introduction to sport hunting.

This workshop is being led by the staff at MDC's Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Registration is required. The workshop is free and open to ages 11 and older. Youths age 11 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

MDC to co-host Eagle Days at Smithville Lake Jan. 10-11

Smithville, Mo. – Bald eagles are large birds of prey, and in winter they follow south waterfowl flocks that often settle on lakes in large numbers. Together eagles, geese and ducks provide interesting watchable wildlife. The public is invited to view both in the wild and indoor programs about nature at the 20th Annual Eagle Days at Smithville Lake, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10 and 11.

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