From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
May 2016 Issue

Discover Nature

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

Discover Nature — Families: Free Shooting Day SHOOTING DAY

May 8 • Sunday • 12–4:30 p.m. Southwest Region, Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 4895 N. Farm Road 61, Ash Grove, MO 65604 No registration required, call 417-742-4361 or email daltonrange@mdc.mo.gov for more information All ages, families

In honor of all mothers on their special day, enjoy one free hour of rifle shooting or round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Family Fishing Day

May 21 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Ozark Region, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, RT 1 Box 1998, Winona, MO 65588 No registration required, call 573-324-1381 for more information All ages

Join us for free fishing, a fishing contest, lunch, games, prizes, and more.

The American Buffalo: Beast of the Prairie

May 21 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Kansas City Region, Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110 No registration required, call 816-759-7300 for more information All ages

“Tatanka,” “pezhekee,” and “iinii” were just a few names that Native Americans called the American buffalo or bison. No matter what name you call them, the largest mammal of the prairies is the defining symbol of these wild lands. Come explore the world of the bison and learn about its past, present, and future.

What’s Going On? Pond Life

May 21 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Central Region, Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65102 No registration required, call 573-526-5544 for more information

All ages, families Discover life under, on, and around a pond. Join us in the watery world with indoor and outdoor pond activities. Aquatic nets will be available to check out for pond scooping. Let’s go outside and discover nature.

Conservation Keepers: Intro To Fishing/Fishing At The Pond

May 21 • Saturday • 1–2 p.m. Northeast Region, Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore Street, Kirksville, MO 63501 No registration required, call 660-785-2420 or email alyssa.redding@mdc.mo.gov for more information.

All ages, children accompanied by an adult Let’s go fishing! We will have a short presentation about the different local fish species, then we will go out to the pond and learn how to bait a hook and cast a line.

Volunteer Open House

May 21 • Saturday • 1–3 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 No registration required, call 573-290-5218 for more information Ages 14 and older

Volunteering at the Nature Center is fun, educational, and rewarding. Stop by the open house and see what it is all about and how you can become part of the team. This opportunity may be just what you are looking for.

Blue Moon

May 21 • Saturday • 7:30–9 p.m. St. Louis Region, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Rd., St. Louis, MO 63138 Registration required, call 314-877-6014 beginning May 4 All ages, families.

How can there be a blue moon in the middle of the month? We’ll discuss this as we walk and view both the sunset over the prairie and the moonrise over the Mississippi River.

Also in this issue

Squirrel Hunting

Start ’Em on Squirrels

Squirrel hunting is a great introduction to hunting and teaches kids valuable skills.

Cows Grazing

Grazing for Conservation

Local cattle producers keep grasslands diverse and vibrant with periodic grazing and prescribed fire.

Family playing in the Huzzah Creek. A boy is floating on an inflatable raft.

Happy Campers

A family camping tradition that spans the ages.

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This Issue's Staff:

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
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler