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Flooding delays wetland and lake restoration project at MDC's Schell-Osage Conservation Area

SCHELL CITY, Mo. – Major flooding this spring and summer along the Osage River has delayed a major renovation of wetlands and a lake at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Schell-Osage Conservation Area. But the project will move forward as weather and soil conditions permit, said Chris Daniel, MDC wildlife management biologist.

MDC requires nontoxic shot on many public hunting areas

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters using shotguns that shells with nontoxic shot are now required to be used on many public conservation areas. Waterfowl hunters have used nontoxic shot since 1991 because the requirement has been shown to reduce the incidences of lead poisoning in wildlife.

MDC will have Four Rivers Conservation Area ready for waterfowl season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Major flooding this spring and summer along the upper Osage rivers, including the Marais des Cygnes, altered wetland habitat conditions at the Four Rivers Conservation Area south of Kansas City. But the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is working to recover some habitat by waterfowl season.

MDC offers free late-summer fishing lessons in the Kansas City area

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a variety of Discover Nature—Fishing lessons during late summer in the Kansas City area. Summer’s slow transition to autumn is often a good time to catch fish. The free Discover Nature—Fishing lessons teach newcomers the basics of catching fish and preparing them for cooking.

The Discover Nature—Fishing program divides classes into four separate lessons about fishing tackle, methods, ecology, and regulations. Participants go fishing as part of the lessons.

MDC to host free symposium about chronic wasting disease in deer Aug. 16 in Blue Springs

Kansas City, Mo. – Fortunately, the deadly chronic wasting disease (CWD) that kills white-tailed deer and other cervids has not been detected to date in the Kansas City metro area or nearby counties. However, many deer hunters in both firearms and archery seasons do hunt in counties south and east of the metro area, places where the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has detected deer with the disease and is carrying out programs to monitor and limit the disease. MDC will host a free chronic wasting disease symposium from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug.

Butterfly count finds 43 species at MDC's Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area

Cole Camp, Mo. – On a summer day, staff from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and volunteers fanned out with cameras and guide books to count delicate but fast-flying creatures that come in either bright colors or subdued hues. The team on June 24 counted 1,117 butterflies representing 43 different species at the Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area in Benton and Morgan counties.

MDC offers Effective Wingshooting classes Aug. 3 and Aug. 10 in Kansas City area

Kansas City, Mo. – Dove and teal hunting seasons are approaching, and other gamebird seasons will follow as autumn arrives. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer two free Effective Wingshooting classes in the Kansas City region that can help hunters improve their success afield. Experts will teach good shotgun handling techniques and ballistics information about non-toxic shotgun ammunition.

Rain and heat doesn't stop Urban Rangers from summer outdoor adventure

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 10th annual trip by Kansas City’s Urban Rangers Corps to the Current River seemed in jeopardy. Hurricane Barry was sending heavy rain into the Current River basin and a heat wave hit central Missouri during the trip’s scheduled dates.

Learn about fishing at MDC's Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs

Kansas City, Mo. – Fishing makes a fine outdoor activity for families and individuals because the sport is doable for a wide range of ages and abilities. Two free upcoming classes at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs will help people get started.

MDC can help cattle producers with summer forage

Kansas City, Mo. – Late summer’s hot, dry weather can reduce cattle forage quality and availability. Adding native grasses and forbs to grazing and haying rotations can provide high quality forage in summer, and native plants also are a boost to wildlife.

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