Discover Nature

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From Missouri Conservationist: Jan 2014

Discover Nature

5 Ideas For Family Fun

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

Metallic And Shotgun Shell Reloading Basics

  • JAN. 18, SATURDAY, 8:30–11:30 A.M.

Southwest Region, Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 4897 N. Farm Road 61, Ash Grove, MO 65604 To register, call 417-742-4361

Reloading shotgun shells and bullets is both an enjoyable and inexpensive way to get ammunition for hunting or target shooting. Department staff will demonstrate how to reload rifle, pistol, and shotgun ammunition. The class will also cover brass care, bullet selection, and primer selection.

Backyard Maple Sugaring

  • JAN. 23, THURSDAY, 10 A.M.–2 P.M.
  • JAN. 25, SATURDAY, 10 A.M.–2 P.M.

St. Louis Region, Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Rd., Wildwood, MO 63038

Reservations begin Jan. 9, call 636-458-2236


Develop your own backyard maple syrup operation, from tree identification to cooking. Learn new technology that increases sap production and makes sap collection easier.

Winter Birds At Duck Creek

  • JAN. 25, SATURDAY, 10 A.M.–3:30 P.M.

Southeast Region, Duck Creek Conservation Area, Reservations begin Jan. 2, call 573-290-5218

Ages 8 and up

We will explore the back roads and wetlands to find some of the “hot spots” for birds such as overwintering waterfowl. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. The main entrance for the area is 9 miles north of Puxico on Highway 51.

Large Mammals

  • JAN. 25, SATURDAY, 1–2:30 P.M.

Kansas City Region, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd., Blue Springs, MO 64015

All Ages

Join us as we learn about magnificent large mammals, such as black bears, mountain lions, and elk.

Eagle Days

  • JAN. 25, SATURDAY, 9 A.M.–4 P.M.
  • JAN. 26, SUNDAY, 10 A.M.–3 P.M.

Northeast Region, Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville. No registration – All ages

The Department will help visitors watch eagles and migrating waterfowl. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a bonfire to keep the chill off. The Apple Shed Theater will host an hourly live eagle program, hands-on exhibits, kids’ activities, and the Department video Where Eagles Soar. The building is not heated, so dress warmly.

Discover Nature Photo Contest

Send us your best images of what discovering nature means to you for our new photo contest. New for this year, people can submit entries through the social network of their choice (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.). When you want to submit a photo through a social network, use the hashtag “#MDCdiscovernature.” For a full list of rules, and to see all submissions gathered together on a tagboard, just navigate to our discover nature contest website: Department staff will select a winner every month and display it on our website. All of the monthly winners will appear in the January 2015 issue of the magazine.

This Issue's Staff

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler