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MDC awards state champion status to Benton County tree

Warsaw, Mo. – A winged sumac tree on private property in Benton County is now on the list of Missouri State Champion Trees. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recognizes state champion trees under a formula involving measurements of the trunk, height and spread.

MDC winter trout catch-and-keep season begins Feb. 1

Sedalia, Mo. – Starting Feb. 1, anglers can keep rainbow trout caught at Liberty Park Pond in Sedalia. Under a cooperative agreement, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department stocked trout in the pond last fall to give anglers an additional winter fishing opportunity. Only catch-and-release fishing is allowed until Feb. 1. After that, anglers wishing to catch, keep and eat rainbow trout have a new opportunity.

MDC sets new Truman Lake spotted bass regulation

Warsaw, Mo. – Anglers at Truman Lake will have increased chances to keep spotted bass as part of their creel limit. Beginning March 1, a new regulation will reduce the length limit on spotted bass caught at Truman Lake from 15 inches to 12 inches. Bass population studies by Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists have shown that spotted bass grow slower than largemouth bass, and many adult spotted bass never reach 15 inches, said Mike Bayless, MDC fisheries management biologist.

MDC to host Eagle Days Feb. 6 at Schell-Osage

Schell City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host Eagle Days 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Schell City Community Center and the MDC's Schell-Osage Conservation Area. Bald eagles, MDC and the Schell-Osage area are intertwined with the restoration of our nation's symbol as a nesting bird in Missouri.

MDC offers tips for native plants prone to frost flowers

Kansas City, Mo. – Icy blooms, often called frost flowers, are appearing this winter at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. Frozen, twisted ribbons of ice arose on the lower stems of white crownbeard, a native wildflower planted in the Center's outdoor garden. Good soil moisture and cold temperatures have produced numerous frost flowers on white crownbeard in recent months.

MDC to host free prescribed burn workshop

El Dorado Springs, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the St. Clair County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a free prescribed burn workshop 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Circle S Feed Company, 106 W. Hainline St., El Dorado Springs.

MDC to host free winter trout fishing clinic

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free winter trout fishing clinic 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Bass Pro Shops in Independence.

MDC stocks rainbow trout in lakes at four Kansas City area sites during winter to provide anglers with an additional fishing opportunity. Trout are not native to the area and cannot survive in warm summer water temperatures. But they thrive in winter-chilled ponds and small lakes.

MDC to help host Eagle Days at Smithville Lake

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and partners will host the 21st annual Eagle Days at Smithville Lake on Jan. 9 and 10. The right combination of weather that's cold, but not too cold, can concentrate waterfowl and eagles at the lake north of Smithville and Kansas City. Regardless of weather, the indoor conservation exhibits and live raptor shows are always popular. All programs are free and all ages welcome.

MDC's Burr Oak Woods to hold holiday nature film festival

Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Burr Oak Woods Nature Center is offering a free film festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26. Films about conservation and nature will be shown throughout the day. The festival is a chance to combine indoor and outdoor fun to connect with nature in between holiday observances. The films are indoors, while the Nature Center has six hiking trails outdoors where visitors can connect with nature.

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