Chicken of the woods mushrooms appear through November. These edible mushrooms start popping up around Mother’s Day. Look for orange overlapping clusters on stumps, trunks, and logs of dead or dying trees. (Never eat a mushroom unless you’re sure it’s edible.)
Baby deer, also known as fawns, are born through June. If you see one while you’re out enjoying a Missouri day, leave it alone. The mother is likely nearby and will return to care for it. Leave wildlife wild.
Saturday, May 18 • 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Lake Remembrance 1901 NE Jefferson St., Blue Springs, MO 64014 No registration required. Call 816-228-3766 for more information. All ages MDC partners with Blue Springs Parks and Recreation to offer this celebration of the outdoors. Activities include kayaking, fishing, wild edible plants, birding, outdoor yoga, archery, outdoor cooking, and more.
Join us for The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling, a one-man play that reflects upon the life of the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist.
Young bald eagles begin to fledge. Scope out the nearest eagles’ nests and see if you can catch a glimpse of these novice flyers.
Ever have a lost or forgotten permit spoil your outdoor plans? Not anymore. MDC’s permits system lets you buy online, print your permit at home, and have it in hand immediately. You can even reprint the permit if you lose or damage it. Buy your permits online at mdc.mo.gov/permits
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