Kansas City

MDC assists with annual Blue River Rescue cleanup

Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff helped lead volunteer teams planting trees and picking up trash on April 2 for the 26th annual Project Blue River Cleanup. The project, coordinated by Healthy Rivers Partnership, is also an official Missouri Stream Team. MDC is a co-sponsor for Stream Teams and the annual cleanup. The cleanup is a volunteer-based, public-private partnership connecting people with conservation.

MDC recommends native species for spring planting

Kansas City, Mo. – Early greenery and blooms are pleasant in spring, but not all are good for nature or people. With spring planting season underway, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urges gardeners and landscapers to consider planting native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers as ornamentals. Some even double as natural food sources. They’re an alternative to non-native species that have become invasive and harmful to natural plant communities.

MDC recognizes outstanding urban forestry efforts

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Community Forestry Council recently recognized a civic leader and a non-profit group for outstanding service for community tree programs in the Kansas City area.

Recipients received honors on March 9 at the Forestry Council’s annual conference in St. Joseph. Presenting the awards were Missouri State Forester Lisa Allen and Missouri Community Forestry Council Chair Casey Jo Kellner.

MDC offers frontier arts at Lake City Rendezvous April 9

Kansas City, Mo. – A real-life taste of The Revenant is coming to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Lake City Shooting Range. The annual Lake City Rendezvous will celebrate the early 1800s fur trade era 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 at the Lake City Range and Outdoor Education Center, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner.

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.

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