From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
January 2016 Issue

Discover Nature

7 Ideas for family fun

To find more events near you, call your regional office or visit mdc.mo.gov and choose your region.

Discover Nature — Squirrel Hunting Workshop

Jan. 9 • Saturday • 9 A.M.–1:30 p.m. (orientation)

Jan. 23 • Saturday • 9 A.M.–12 p.m. (squirrel hunt)

Jan. 23 • Saturday • 1–3 p.m. (Field to Fork)

Kansas City Region, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015 Registration required, call 816-228-3766 Ages 10 and older, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tree Tapping 101

Jan. 16 • Saturday 10–11:30 a.m. or 1–2:30 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Registration required, beginning Jan. 2. Call 573-290-5218 Ages 12 and older, adult supervision required for ages 12–17

’Tis the season for maple sugaring! Learn how to identify sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. Dress for the weather.

Nature Nuts

Jan. 16 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Ozark Region, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, RT 1 Box 1998, Winona, MO 65588 Registration required, call 573-325-1381 Ages 7–12

Join us for a little bird watching. We will view the migratory birds that call Missouri home for a few months each year.

Discover Nature Schools Teacher Training: Nature Revealed

Jan. 20 • Wednesday • 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Central Region, Central Region Office, 3500 East Gans Road, Columbia, MO 65201 Registration required by Jan. 15. Call 573-815-7900 Preschool teachers

The newest curriculum in the Department’s Discover Nature Schools program, Nature Revealed, is designed for preschool-aged children. Based on the Project Construct framework, the Teacher’s Guide will be provided at the workshop. Clock hours offered. Please join us for this exciting, hands-on training.

Discover Nature — Metallic and Shotgun Shell Reloading Basics

Jan. 23 • Saturday • 8:30–11:30 a.m. Southwest Region, Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 4895 N. Farm Road 61, Ash Grove, MO 65604 Registration required, call 417-742-4361 Ages 18 and older

Join us for this basic course about reloading rifle, pistol, and shotgun shell ammunition. We will cover all aspects of reloading from brass care and preparation, bullet selection, primer selection, and much more.

An Evening With Raptors

Jan. 29 • Friday • 7–9 p.m. St. Louis Region, Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122 Reservations required, call 314-301-1500 All ages

The evening will begin with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. You will have an opportunity to meet the falconers and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry.

Ice Fishing 101 Clinic

Jan. 30 • Saturday • 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Northeast Region, Hunnewell Lake, 6503 Hwy Z, Hunnewell, MO 63443 Registration required by Jan. 29. Call 573-248-2530 Ages 7 and older

This is a basic class, but all experience levels are welcome. In the classroom portion, students will learn about ice safety, fish identification, equipment, and regulations. They will then go outside to apply what they learned. The clinic will be held whether ponds ice or not. However, it will be canceled if hazardous road/weather conditions are present.

Also in this issue

Tracks in the Snow

Animal Detective

With a little time exploring outdoor Missouri, you can become familiar with the tracks and signs to solve mysteries of the wild.

A monarch butterfly caterpillar feeds on a milkweed plant.

Homegrown Milkweeds

By growing milkweeds, you can help the monarch butterfly and other important pollinators.

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Annual Review

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Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld
Art Director - Cliff White
Associate Editor - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
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