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Peak season for monarch migration is at hand

Kansas City, Mo. – Monarch butterflies make a remarkable migration in autumn to central Mexico. But first, many make a stopover in Kansas City to refuel and rest.

Invasive zebra mussels now widespread at Truman Lake

Warsaw, Mo. – Zebra mussels, a harmful invasive species, are now present in all arms of Truman Lake, said Mike Bayless, fisheries management biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Evidence that mussels might be present in the lake was found in prior years. But inspections conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in recent weeks have determined that they are now fairly widespread in the lake, Bayless said. This makes it imperative for boaters and anglers at Truman Lake to take steps to avoid spreading zebra mussels to other waters.

MDC will offer free Prairie Day event Sept. 17

El Dorado Springs, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free Prairie Day event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie near El Dorado Springs.

DRAFT St. Clair County Glades Management Plan

These areas are managed to preserve a diversity of plants in glade, savanna, and woodland habitats while providing opportunities for the public to enjoy these unique areas. Areas included in the plan are Dave Rock Conservation Area and Lichen Glade Conservation Area.

MDC and Stealth Gobblers hosting Aug. 27 youth event

Warrensburg, Mo. – Young people in the Warrensburg area will have a chance to get free hands-on instruction in outdoor skills 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the University of Central Missouri trap and skeet range, 501 Road and Division Road. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is sponsoring the J.A.K.E.S. event along with the Stealth Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. J.A.K.E.S. stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship.

MDC welcomes participants in dove banding project

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.

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