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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.

MDC seeks public input for Platte Falls Conservation Area

Platte City, 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.

MDC seeks public input for conservation area plans

Warsaw, 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 Brickley Hollow Conservation Area, Granny's Acres Conservation Area, Edmonson Access and the Mount Hulda Tower Site. All four areas are in Benton County and will be available for public comment through July 31.

MDC hosts Discover Nature Field Day for KC youths

Kansas City, Mo. – They touched snakes, petted turtles, caught fish, and sent an arrow into a bullseye. Youths attending the kickoff on Tuesday, June 23, for the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) annual Discover Nature Field Day connected with nature and learned outdoor skills. This annual event at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area is a cooperative partnership between MDC and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.

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