Kansas City

Blinds open to photographers at MDC's Cooley Lake

Kansas City, Mo. – Blinds added to the Cooley Lake Conservation Area wetland are open for use by wildlife watchers. Missouri Department of Conservation crews built the blinds last autumn. They are available for photography at the area east of Liberty off Missouri 210, just northeast of Kansas City in Clay County.

Cooley Lake is an old oxbow, or former channel, of the Missouri River. A shallow-water wetland, it attracts shorebirds, waterfowl, songbirds and birds of prey.

MDC offers free Discover Nature — Fishing programs

Kansas City, Mo. – Fishing’s mysteries are solvable. What swims beneath the water’s surface? How can rods, reels and lures be used to catch one? I caught one, what next?

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.


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