Celebrate Earth Day at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host A Southeast Earth Day Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.  This year’s Earth Day event will focus on “Trees for Everyone” with tree-related crafts and activities, as well as free tree seedlings for the first 100 guests.

MDC Naturalist Jordanya Brostoski invites the public to learn why trees are so important to people and wildlife.

“Trees provide oxygen, shade, and homes for wildlife,” Brostoski said. “They’re always serving someone.”

Brostoski said many birds, such as woodpeckers, bluebirds, screech owls, wrens, and chickadees, use holes in trees for nesting.

“Mammals use them, too,” she said. “Flying squirrels, raccoons, and bats all use trees for shelter.”

Activities at the event include trivia questions along the paved trail, a nature film viewing, bird watching in the wildlife viewing area and tree-related crafts and activities.

“Southeast Missouri is home to unique plant and animal species and Earth Day is a perfect time to celebrate them,” Brostoski said.

No registration is required for this event and all ages are welcome. More information on this and other nature programs at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center can be found at mdc.mo.gov/CapeNatureCenter.