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MDC holds new Eagle Day event in Kansas City area

Kansas City, Mo. – A Missouri River boat ride to see an eagle nest, an occasional wild eagle and flocks of gulls on sand bars were highlights on Dec. 12 at the Missouri River Eagle Day. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) hosted the event at LaBenite Park in Sugar Creek, a Kansas City suburb. Visitors also got a close-up look at a bald eagle and a golden eagle displayed by staff from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield. Conservation and nature displays were available throughout the park, and the Sugar Creek Police Department served lunch.

MDC suggests finding holiday decorations outdoors

Kansas City, Mo. – Nature packs wonder into the shapes and colors found in autumn, such as prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries and seeds. Wonder is part of the holiday season, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a class on how to make ornaments and decorations using natural materials 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City. The free program is open to all ages and no registration is required.

MDC seeks public input for Four Rivers area plan

Nevada, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for the August A. Busch Jr. Memorial Wetlands at Four Rivers Conservation Area. MDC earlier held an open house and accepted comments on plans for the area. A final draft of a plan will be available for public comment through Jan. 31.

MDC seeks public input on three conservation area plans

Osceola, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for a conservation area and two river accesses in St. Clair County. They include the Birdsong Conservation Area, Blackjack Access, and Kings Prairie Access. All three areas will be available for public comment through July 31.

MDC offers Missouri River Eagle Day at KC on Dec. 12

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a chance to learn about bald eagles oft seen soaring over the Missouri River during winter months. A Missouri River Eagle Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at LaBenite Park in Sugar Creek, just east of the Missouri 291 Bridge. Sugar Creek is a suburb in the Kansas City metro area.

MDC stocks rainbow trout at Kansas City area lakes

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) annual winter trout fishing season is underway in the Kansas City metro area. Trout were stocked at four locations on Nov. 18.

Three lakes were stocked at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area at Lee's Summit. Coot Lake and Plover Lake each received 2,000 trout. Plus 14 lunker trout from the MDC Fish Hatchery at Bennett Spring were stocked in each lake. Also, 200 trout were stocked in Honker Pond, which is open for youth fishing only.

MDC says invasive bush honeysuckle vulnerable now

Kansas City, Mo. – Bush honeysuckle remains green as autumn fades and winter arrives, which offers a chance for homeowners to help battle this invasive species. It's easy to spot in early winter as one of the last shrubs to drop leaves.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists and other public-land managers work to reduce bush honeysuckle in the Kansas City area because its prolific growth chokes out native plants valuable for their beauty and wildlife habitat.

MDC adjusts duck blind usage at Montrose area

Clinton, Mo. – Low water conditions have prompted the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to close three waterfowl hunting blinds and one wade-and-shoot position at the Montrose Conservation Area. But 10 hunting blinds and one wade and shoot position remain open for use.

MDC leases the 2,750-acre area from the Kansas City Power & Light Co (KCP&L). The utility uses Montrose Lake on the area for cooling water for a coal-fired electrical general plant. KCP&L has dropped water levels to perform maintenance on the dam.

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