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MDC and Nature Conservancy offer prairie chicken viewing

St. Joseph, Mo. – Ancient prairie chicken mating rituals at sunrise on grassy “booming grounds” are rare, as this grassland species is endangered in Missouri. But thanks to preservation and restoration efforts, this spring the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and The Nature Conservancy will offer a chance for people to view prairie chickens on the booming grounds at Dunn Ranch. Limited spots will be available for viewing from a blind, Thursdays through Sundays, March 31-April 24.

MDC Forestry Division honors Heartland Tree Alliance

Kansas City, Mo. – A non-profit program provided by Bridging the Gap, the Heartland Tree Alliance, is being honored for outstanding volunteer work and advocacy for healthy community forests in the Kansas City area. The Heartland Tree Alliance was recently announced as the Outstanding Partner Award recipient from the Forestry Division of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). State Forester Lisa Allen will present the award on March 9 at a Missouri Community Forestry Council luncheon in St. Joseph.

MDC offers prairie chicken viewing at Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie

El Dorado Springs, Mo. – An ancient courtship ritual will occur this spring atop a hill at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie, and the public will have a chance to watch. Prairie chickens perform a unique mating dance in spring when males pound their feet on the ground, strut and making booming sounds to win females. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer the public a chance to view prairie chickens on a lek, or booming ground, at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie 6 to 9 a.m.  on March 19 or March 26.

MDC to close Perry CA shooting range Feb. 25-26

Warrensburg, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will close the shooting range at the Ralph and Martha Perry Memorial Conservation Area Feb. 25-26 for maintenance work and timber inventory.

MDC forestry staff will be conducting a timber inventory downrange of the shooting area on those days. The closing will ensure safety for staff. During the closure, staff will also perform some basic maintenance on the range such as reshaping target holders.

MDC to offer free invasive plant workshop March 10

Warrensburg, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can assist property managers in controlling unwanted invasive plants that cause problems on farms and acreages. MDC will offer a free Invasive Plant Identification and Control Workshop 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, at the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E. Gay St.

MDC to host waterfowl season workshops in March

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to upcoming public workshops where Department staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2017-2020 hunting seasons. Three workshops are upcoming in MDC's Kansas City Region. All workshops are from 7 to 9 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

MDC offers free Discover Nature Girls Camp June14-16

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is now accepting registrations for a free Discover Nature Girls Camp June 14-16 at Camp Palestine near Chilhowee, Mo., in Johnson County.

MDC teaches outdoor skills at Women's Spring Fling

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will teach outdoor skills at the annual Women's Spring Fling April 29 to May 1 at Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center near Excelsior Springs. This weekend retreat provides a safe and friendly environment where women can learn about outdoor recreation.

MDC offers Conservation Management Workshop Feb. 23

Kansas City, Mo. – Wildlife and native plants can thrive on small acreages given nurturing management practices. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free Conservation Management Workshop 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive in Independence.
MDC staff will discuss topics such as native plants useful for wildlife and landscaping, timber stand improvement, and reducing problems from invasive species.

MDC offers skills training for new hunters

Kansas City, Mo. – Outdoor sports such as hunting are a part of America's heritage, with skills and traditions passed down from one generation to the next. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers a variety of free educational programs for people interested in learning about hunting and shooting. Newcomers are welcome.
For example, in the Kansas City area, the Parma Woods Shooting Range at Parkville will offer a class called Firearm Selection for the Beginner from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. The program is free but registration is required.

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