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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.

MDC offers web links to peregrine falcon nest viewing

Kansas City, Mo. – Except for wind ruffling feathers, all is calm this week in the Kansas City area peregrine falcon nests, which are viewable online via streaming video. Parent falcons are incubating the eggs. The nests will be abuzz with activity, though, in the coming weeks when falcon chicks begin hatching, said Joe DeBold, urban wildlife biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

MDC offers Grow Native event May 2 at Discovery Center

Kansas City, Mo. – Native wildflowers and grasses work well in home landscape plantings, and a free Grow Native special event will teach participants about planting and caring for native varieties 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City. The event will include guided tours of the Discovery Center's diverse wildflower garden, now with spring flowers in full bloom, given by MDC staff.

MDC staff to speak at Explore the Outdoors: Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. – A May 9 event with educational seminars about conservation and outdoor recreation will include two speakers from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The seminars are part of an event titled Explore the Outdoors: Kansas City. The sessions are free and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops in Independence.

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.

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