Kansas City

2016 Benton County Forestry Areas Management Plan

This plan includes Edmonson Access, Brickley Hollow Conservation Area, Mount Hulda Towersite, and Granny's Acres Conservation Area.

MDC staff bands peregrine falcons from nests in KC area

Kansas City, Mo. – Peregrine falcons are nearing the end of another successful nesting season in the Kansas-City area. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists, with the aid of USDA Wildlife Services, recently banded 13 chicks (seven males and six females) hatched and reared at four nests. The identification bands will aid in tracking the falcons' movements and survival.

"All chicks appeared to be extremely healthy and vigorous," said Joe DeBold, MDC urban wildlife biologist. "Fledging should take place in the next three weeks."

MDC closes Sharps Station Access boat ramp due to flood damage

Platte City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has closed a boat launch ramp on the Platte River at the Sharp's Station Access due to flood damage. It is uncertain when the ramp will be reopened for use. The access is east of Platte City off the Interurban Road in Platte County.

Three other MDC ramps on the Platte River in Platte County remain open. The Schimmel City Access and two ramps at the Platte Falls Conservation Area are usable.

MDC hosts exhibition shooter Dave Miller at Lake City Shooting Range

Kansas City, Mo. – Dave Miller, exhibition and world record holder, will demonstrate his shotgun skills in a free exhibition at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Lake City Shooting Range, 28505 E. Truman Road in Buckner. Miller, a project manager for CZ-USA firearms company, is a professional shotgun shooter and a master-class sporting clays shooter.

MDC to co-host Youth Fishing Derby June 6 at Harrisonville

Harrisonville, Mo. – A free Youth Fishing Derby will be held at the Harrisonville City Park on Saturday, June 6. The derby is co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Cass County Elks Lodge 2791, and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Participants can register from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the City Park Amphitheater, and fishing is from 9 a.m. to noon.

MDC welcomes public input on Four Rivers area plan

Nevada, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know your suggestions for the August A. Busch, Jr. Memorial Wetlands at Four Rivers Conservation Area in Vernon and Bates counties. 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 offers web links to view peregrine falcon chicks

Kansas City, Mo. – The hatch is on at the peregrine falcon nests in the Kansas City area, which are viewable online via streaming video. Chicks started hatching late Sunday, May 3, at the nest at the KCP&L Iatan Power Plant, and young ones began appearing Monday at the nest at American Century Investments on the Country Club Plaza, said Joe DeBold, urban wildlife biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

MDC foresters say 17-year cicadas will raise a racket

Kansas City, Mo. – For 17 years, a particular brood of cicada nymphs tunneled through the soil, sucked sap from roots, and grew from ant-like specks into bumblebee-sized nymphs. They will emerge by the thousands this spring in western Missouri and transform into winged adult insects, with male cicadas raising a raspy racket as they serenade females.

MDC seeks public input on Lone Jack Conservation Area

Lone Jack, 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 Lone Jack Conservation Area in Jackson County will be available for public comment May 1 through May 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

MDC seeks public input on Guy B. Park area plans

Platte City, 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 Guy B. Park Conservation Area in Platte County will be available for public comment May 1 through May 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

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