MDC staffer talks to partipants at Prairie Days. He is standing in a prairie with hip-high plants and flowers.
MDC and The Nature Conservancy hosted Prairie Days on June 24 and 25 at Dunn Ranch in Harrison County. The main event on June 25 included native plant identification walks, bison tours and prairie ecology exhibits. Steve Buback, MDC natural history biologist, explained identified native plants and explained grassland ecology.

MDC and conservation partners host Prairie Day

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Jun 27, 2016

Eagleville, Mo. – Visitors to Prairie Days at Dunn Ranch on June 25 enjoyed native plant identification walks, bison viewing tours and other exhibits devoted to prairie ecology. A strong breeze kept people cool and grasses and wildflowers waving in the wind.

Almost 200 people attended the activities on June 25. Some visitors also camped, socialized and watched a nature film the evening prior at The Nature Conservancy’s Dunn Ranch Prairie headquarters west of Eagleville in Harrison County. The event was hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservancy with help from the Loess Hills Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists, the Missouri River Bird Observatory, and other conservation partners. Early risers also enjoyed a morning birding hike at MDC’s Pawnee Prairie Natural Area, which is near Dunn Ranch.

A variety of wildflowers will be blooming at the prairie’s throughout the summer, and the grasses will turn golden in autumn. Visitors are welcome throughout the year. For more information about Pawnee Prairie and maps, visit http://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZZC.

For information about Dunn Ranch, visit http://bit.ly/1ellp2i.

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