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MDC seeks grant applications for urban conservation in KC

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications for the Kansas City Urban Conservation Grant Program. This program provides funding for conservation efforts on public lands in the metro area. Applicants should be non-profit organizations or government entities such as park departments or schools.

MDC offers free paddlefish snagging clinic April 16

Warsaw, Mo. – Paddlefish are the giants of Missouri's waters. Those who pursue them know they could catch a 70-pound fish or double that. But catchable they are, and the state's March 15 - April 30 paddlefish snagging season is approaching.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a free Discover Nature Family Paddlefish Snagging Clinic on Saturday, April 16, at the Warsaw Community Building, 181 W. Harrison St.

MDC adds new exhibits at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center

Kansas City, Mo. – Surprises await curious visitors of all ages at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently installed some new exhibits at the Center featuring creatures from giant woodpeckers to tiny minnows.

MDC offers free native plant workshops in KC area

Kansas City, Mo. – Native plants provide food, flowers and variety when used in landscaping plans for homes and businesses. They’re also a boost for wild birds and butterflies. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer free programs this spring in the Kansas City area to help people connect with what some gardening experts call “naturescaping.”

MDC offers free turkey hunting skill classes in KC area

Kansas City, Mo. – Wild tom turkeys welcome spring sunrises with gobbles intended as lures for mates and warnings for rivals. The rolling, guttural gobbles may waft softly through the woods. Or, if you’re turkey hunting and they’ve snuck near your concealed position, the gobble may seem like a ground-shaking roar. Surprises make hunting wild turkeys exciting, and Missouri is a great place to hunt the avian monarch of the forest.

MDC offers text updates for activities at Nature Centers

Kansas City, Mo. – Everything is up to date in Kansas City, including how the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) provides updates about events and happenings at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center and the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. Both MDC sites are now offering text message alerts. Subscribers will receive up to six texts a month to remind them of free events, or perhaps to note interesting nature tidbits, such as frost flowers appearing in winter or rare bird sightings in summer.

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.

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