Paint a picture of a bluebird at March 5 MDC virtual program

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BRANSON, Mo. – Bluebirds will soon be nesting and there’s no better way to celebrate this important event of our state bird than by painting their picture.

People can paint one of the state’s favorite birds at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Nature Art: Missouri State Symbols Painting Series.” This online program, which will be from 1-2:30 p.m. on March 5, is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center in Branson. This program is suggested for ages six and up. People can register for this program at:

At this program, MDC volunteer Gala Keller will provide step-by-step painting instructions on how to paint Missouri’s state bird – the eastern bluebird. Interesting facts about bluebirds will also be provided throughout the program. Participants will furnish their own painting supplies. Small canvases and simple techniques will be used; no painting experience is necessary. The March 5 program is the first in a series of three programs put on by the Shepherd of the Hills staff in which people will get a chance to paint and learn about Missouri’s state symbols.

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. For this program, only one registration will be needed per screen for multiple participants at the same location.

Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.

To find out more about the March 5 program or other events at the Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center, call 417-334-4865, ext. 0. The Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center is part of MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery and is located at 483 Hatchery Road on the west end of Lake Taneycomo near Branson.

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