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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.

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.

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