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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.

Connect with nature at MDC KC-area sites during holidays

Kansas City, Mo. – Indoors or outdoors, nature spices up the holidays. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers ways to connect with nature in winter, including activities for families.

MDC presents check for Platte Landing boat ramp

Parkville, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on Nov. 25 presented a $450,000 check to Platte County officials to assist with the costs for a new boat launching ramp and parking lot at Parkville's Platte Landing Park. MDC provided the money under its Community Assistance Program to build the ramp's entrance road, parking lot and restrooms.

MDC's winter trout fishing begins at four Kansas City lakes

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is providing rainbow trout. Now anglers need Mother Nature to bring a warming trend and melt ice so the feisty fish can be caught from four area lakes. MDC stocked more than 8,000 trout on Thursday, Nov. 20. The trout provide winter fishing opportunities in urban areas.

MDC helps host annual red cedar tree holiday harvest

Kansas City, Mo. – Have yourself a merry little red cedar tree for Christmas. Or make it a big tree if you'd like. The Missouri Department of Conservation participates in a bi-state partnership called Kansas City Wildlands to restore natural habitats on public lands such as community parks. That includes removing red cedar trees from grassland and open woodland areas.

Prairie seed harvest boosts MDC's grassland restoration

El Dorado Springs, Mo. – A prairie seed harvest that began in spring and continued through summer swelter, sometimes by hand, ended recently on a cold winter day. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff and volunteers mixed and bagged wildflower and grass seed at the Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie. The seed was harvested from surviving prairie remnants managed by MDC and will be used to restore natural grassland habitat on public lands.

MDC measures new champion cottonwood tree in Kansas City park

Kansas City, Mo. – A stately tree in Kansas City's historic Kessler Park now holds the honor of being Missouri's largest eastern cottonwood tree, and under the formula used by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for measuring record trees, it's the state's largest known living tree of any kind.

The new champ topped the state's former biggest cottonwood that grows in the St. Louis area, said Chuck Conner, the MDC urban forester who measured the tree.

MDC to host open house at Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know your suggestions for the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit. An open house for public comments on area management practices will be held 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at MDC's Kansas City Regional Office, which is on the Reed Area at 12405 S.E. Ranson Road. Staff will answer questions about the area or about conservation in general. Visitors will also be able to fill out comment sheets.

MDC agent receives top honor from 16-state association

Conservation Agent Rob Farr was recently honored as the Officer of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Farr is based in Benton County.

MDC will display historic archery deer mount and gear at Parma Woods Shooting Range

Parkville, Mo. – A proud hunter and the 10-point buck bagged with bow and arrow made the front page of The Kansas City Star newspaper on Oct. 8, 1959. Voris Dibben of Lake Waukomis killed the white-tailed deer in wooded hills near the Missouri River west of Parkville when deer were making a comeback from near extirpation in Missouri thanks to conservation.

"Bags Buck 10 Miles From Downtown," said the The Star's front-page headline accompanied by a center-page photo of Dibben with his bow and the deer.

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