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MDC congratulates Pembroke Hill for NCF-Envirothon win

Kansas City, Mo. – A team from Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo., won the 2015 NCF-Envirothon, a week-long North American natural resource education competition held July 27 to Aug. 2 in Springfield, Mo. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is a partner in the program.

"We congratulate the Pembroke Hill team, and thank the coaches, teachers, school and community for supporting them," said Kevin Lohraff, MDC education program and curriculum supervisor.

MDC welcomes participants in dove banding project in Kansas City area

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the public a chance to participate in research on mourning dove populations. Each summer, MDC employees trap doves and affix small identification bands. The doves are then released back into the wild. Band information returned by hunters and birders helps monitor dove populations. Scientists also track the popular gamebird's migrations in Missouri and other states.

MDC offers free help with native plant landscaping

Kansas City, Mo. – Late summer is a good time to see pollinator insects such as butterflies visiting flowers and plants. But habitat loss is causing an alarming decline in some species, including the beloved monarch butterfly. Planting native wildflowers in home garden plantings or as wildlife cover on rural acreages is a great way to help the pollinators.

MDC biologists manage habitat to help prairie chickens through wet weather

Kansas City, Mo. – Hard rains and cool conditions in early summer are not optimal conditions for Missouri's endangered prairie chickens to nest and raise broods. Unusually wet weather befell western Missouri this nesting season. What's good for many native prairie grasses and wildflowers can be a hindrance to ground-nesting birds. But Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists are hopeful that habitat improvements in recent years will help the iconic grassland grouse hold their numbers steady.

Sign up early for MDC's hunter education certification

Kansas City, Mo. – Hunting seasons will approach quickly as summer wanes. Now is a good time to become hunter education certified through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) training to be prepared for autumn hunts. Missouri's Hunter Education Course is required for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, and buys a firearms season hunting permit, or any person age 11 to 15 who hunts alone. The course teaches safety, skills and ethics.

Lichens and art mix in exhibit at MDC's Discovery Center

Kansas City – In aqua blue, lime green, brown or rusty red they bring color to rocks, trees and old wood. Now, lichens are the stars in a free art exhibit at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, which is part of a hide-and-seek art project in Kansas City. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting artist Sarah Hearn's exhibition, Invisible Landscapes.

MDC offers free outdoor skills event for youth

Warrensburg, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Stealth Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will offer a free outdoor skills event for youth 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the University of Central Missouri Trap and Skeet Range.

MDC to offer Missouri Master Naturalist class in Sedalia

Sedalia, Mo. – Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service. They are valuable volunteers who work on conservation projects and they help the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) connect people with nature.

Learn archery with MDC's free training programs

Kansas City, Mo. – Archery's ancient skills are finding modern roles. The bow and arrow once signified survival. Today, archery is still used in hunting and plays a role in food gathering, especially deer hunting. But also, target archery is growing in popularity. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers training and shooting ranges that makes the ancient art accessible to anyone.

MDC seeks public input for Bridger Conservation Area plan

Blue Springs, 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 conservation areas and invites public comments.

Draft plans for the Jim Bridger Urban Conservation Area in Jackson County will be available for public comment through July 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.


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