Loess hills prairies offer wildflower rarities

Rock Port, Mo. – Lavender blooms appeared halfway up the steep loess-soil slope at Star School Prairie Conservation Area as biologist Steve Buback stalked rarities. After a harsh winter, and ahead of summer’s dry spells, Lambert loco weed bloomed profusely on a recent May visit. This flower and several other prairies natives are only found in Missouri on this Atchison County bluff in the state’s northwest corner.

Field day offered for managing loess hills timber and prairie

Mound City, Mo. – Wildlife, timber and wildflowers all benefit from active management of natural areas. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a Loess Hill Timber and Prairie Field Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Sean and Erin Slocum farm south of Mound City. The workshop is free and lunch will be provided by MDC.

MDC offers quail habitat workshop in Caldwell County

Cowgill, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will present a Quail Management Workshop 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 17, at Riverview Properties south of Cowgill. The workshop in Caldwell County is free.

MDC investigating turkey hunting incident

Trimble, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a shooting incident where a person was possibly mistaken for a wild turkey and injured on May 7 at Smithville Lake. The person who fired the shot left the scene. MDC conservation agents are seeking information about the case and would like to interview the person who fired the shot.

Use Find MO Fish free mobile app to locate fishing hotspots

Kansas City, Mo. – Anglers like to update lure selections in their tackle boxes for better fishing success. Now they can also add something fishy to their mobile digital device. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) “Find MO Fish” app is now updated.

Find MO Fish is free and provides current fishing reports as well as maps and information about lakes, rivers and ponds. That includes fishing spots of MDC conservation areas. The app will let you find fishable waters and learn about services such as boat ramps.

Prairie chicken release bolsters iconic native

Eagleville, Mo. – Forty-five greater prairie chickens were trapped in Nebraska in recent weeks and released at The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Dunn Range Prairie in northwest Missouri. The release will bolster small flocks of prairie chickens within the Grand River Grasslands, which includes Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Pawnee Prairie. This is the second year of a three-year, bi-state program with Iowa to help an endangered and once-common species rebound in the two states.

MDC offers ice fishing workshop at Mozingo Lake

St. Joseph, Mo. – The cold winter weather offers a benefit to anglers with cabin fever – the chance to go ice fishing. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists will offer an ice fishing workshop 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Mozingo Lake east of Maryville. The workshop is free.

When prolonged cold creates safe ice, anglers can catch bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass, said Tory Mason, an MDC fisheries management biologist. Holes are drilled in the ice and anglers entice fish with small jigs or natural bait such as wax worms.

Missouri Master Naturalist class offered at St. Joseph

St. Joseph, Mo. – Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service. They aid conservation programs and help people discover nature. The Loess Hills Chapter in St. Joseph will hold training sessions Feb. 25 to May 20, which include both classwork and field trips.

The Master Naturalist program is a partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), University of Missouri Extension and the volunteers who serve in the program.

Raptors and waterfowl featured at 35th annual Eagle Days at Squaw Creek

Mound City, Mo. – Winter cold brings migrating bald eagles and waterfowl to Missouri, and both will be especially watchable at the 35th annual Eagle Days event 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. The event is a partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and various public and private conservation partners.


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