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MDC offers outdoor skills events geared for special needs

Kansas City, Mo. – Connections with nature enhance life for all, including people with special needs. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers programs to help those with special needs and their caregivers enjoy the outdoors.

MDC joins birding enthusiasts at Wings Over Weston

Weston, Mo. – Birds and butterflies were featured at the Wings Over Weston festival May 13 and 14 at Weston Bend State Park in Platte County. School groups toured nature exhibits and learned about birds and natural habitats on the birding fest's opening day. More than 700 people visited on Saturday when the festival hosted the general public. Sunny, cool weather made it a great day to hike on the park's trails and look for birds.

MDC offers landowners payment for public use of land

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a new program to increase public access to private lands for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) provides incentive payments to private landowners who volunteer to open their properties to the public for these types of outdoor activities. Additional incentives are also available to enhance wildlife habitat on enrolled lands.

MDC provides grant for upgrades at Higginsville City Lake

Higginsville, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on May 4 presented the city of Higginsville with a check for $116,000, a matching grant for improvements at two of the city’s lakes used for recreation and as a drinking water source. Through a cooperative agreement, 75 percent of the total project cost was funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. MDC administers the federal funds to help communities provide fishing and boating recreation.

MDC offers livestream links to view KC area falcon nests

Kansas City, Mo. – Nesting peregrine falcons are live and on camera once again this spring in the Kansas City area, thanks to streaming video on the Internet. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) works with conservation partners to restore the high-flying falcons as resident birds in the state. Two nests in the metro area have cameras set up for streaming video.

MDC offers free pond management workshop May 12

Holden, Mo. – Farm ponds can be wonderful places to catch fish, but good pond management and design can make them more productive. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free pond management workshop 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, at the Trails Regional Public Library, 207 S. Main St. in Holden.

MDC Lost Valley Hatchery to host Kids Fishing Day May 7

Warsaw, Mo. – A free event to teach young people how to fish will be offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The Department's Lost Valley Fish Hatchery will host the 15th annual Kids Fishing Day on May 7. Youngsters age 15 and under can try fishing for the first time with help from volunteers and MDC staff. Kids who are experienced anglers can learn some new skills.

Blinds open to photographers at MDC's Cooley Lake

Kansas City, Mo. – Blinds added to the Cooley Lake Conservation Area wetland are open for use by wildlife watchers. Missouri Department of Conservation crews built the blinds last autumn. They are available for photography at the area east of Liberty off Missouri 210, just northeast of Kansas City in Clay County.

Cooley Lake is an old oxbow, or former channel, of the Missouri River. A shallow-water wetland, it attracts shorebirds, waterfowl, songbirds and birds of prey.

MDC offers free Discover Nature — Fishing programs

Kansas City, Mo. – Fishing’s mysteries are solvable. What swims beneath the water’s surface? How can rods, reels and lures be used to catch one? I caught one, what next?

MDC assists with annual Blue River Rescue cleanup

Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff helped lead volunteer teams planting trees and picking up trash on April 2 for the 26th annual Project Blue River Cleanup. The project, coordinated by Healthy Rivers Partnership, is also an official Missouri Stream Team. MDC is a co-sponsor for Stream Teams and the annual cleanup. The cleanup is a volunteer-based, public-private partnership connecting people with conservation.

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