MDC invites public to learn about and listen for owls Jan. 10

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Because of owls’ nocturnal lifestyles and their hunting of mice, rats and other rodents that can be pests for humans; these night-time birds are a fascinating and beneficial part of Missouri’s outdoors.

People can learn more about the species of owls found in Missouri Jan. 10 at the “Owl Prowl and Evening Stroll” program at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Springfield Conservation Nature Center. This free program will be from 6-9 p.m. and will feature an indoor and outdoor component. In the nature center’s auditorium, Dickerson Park Zoo staff will present programs with live owls at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. In addition to these programs, people can take guided evening strolls along nature center trails where MDC staff will try to call owls and get them to answer. Participants should bring flashlights and dress for the weather. The program is for all ages. No registration is required for this event.

For more information about this or other programs, call 417-888-4237. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way near Highways 60 and 65. For information about other upcoming events at the nature center or other MDC facilities, go to