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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.

MDC uses computer and satellite technology for deer study

King City, Mo. – Biologists for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) are learning more about white-tailed deer survival, reproduction and movement as a five-year study progresses. The new study utilizes computer, telemetry and satellite technology to track deer in partnership with researchers at the University of Missouri at Columbia (UMC).

Watch peregrine falcon nests online via MDC partnerships

Kansas City, Mo. – Peregrine falcon nests in the Kansas City area are viewable online this spring, thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) partnership with Kansas City Power & Light Co. (KCP&L) and American Century Investments. Camera's at two sites show eggs in nests and falcon parents tending them. Live streaming video offers the public a chance to watch falcon parents hatch eggs and feed young.

MDC offers Discover Nature Women's Spring Fling

Kansas City, Mo.  ̶  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a Discover Nature Women's Spring Fling May 1-3 at the Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center at Excelsior Springs, Mo. The Spring Fling offers women training in outdoor skills such as archery, canoeing, using GPS gear, map and compass reading and other activities. MDC will provide gear and hands-on training for beginners. The camp setting offers women an opportunity to sharpen outdoor skills, add new ones or simply enjoy an outdoor retreat.

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.

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