MDC virtual program to focus on winter bird feeding

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Bird feeding provides year-round enjoyment for some people, but interest in this activity increases in winter. Feeding birds is a great way to learn about different species and it’s an activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

People can get tips on attracting birds to feeders in winter and how to identify those birds at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Attracting and ID Winter Birds.” This online program, which will be Dec. 14 from 10-11:30 a.m., is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation in Joplin. At this program, MDC Naturalist Jessie Ballard will provide tips on the types of feeders and food that can attract a variety of species to your backyard. This program is designed for ages 12 and up. People can register for this program at:

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

People can stay informed about upcoming programs at MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and other MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the Shoal Creek Center can call 417-629-3434.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at