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Announcements from Smithville Marine and the boating industry

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Missouri’s spring turkey hunting season is over. However, turkey watching season is still on. Gobblers and groups of gobblers are still strutting their spring stuff at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs, often not far from hiking trails. Deer, songbirds and other watchable wildlife are also out and about for hikers to see. Image: Wild turkeys,  white-tailed deer, Columbine flowers and  are among the wildlife visitors may see while walking trails at Missouri Department of Conservation sites.  Photos by ... Read More
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News and events from Missouri Department of Conservation May/June issue are online now at The current issue of the Kansas City regional newsletter will give you information for four Missouri Department of Conservation locations in the Kansas City area and the FREE programs each have scheduled.  Some of the programs require registration; you will find the contact phone number on the same page as the program you wish to attend. You can learn more about the Missouri Department of Conservation ... Read More
The May issue of Nature's Calling video, published by the Missouri Department of Conservation, is now available. This monthly update covers some hot topics from projects throughout the MDC. This month's segment provides valuable information about the Discover Nature Schools program, Great Missouri Birding Trail, and Hummingbirds. Content and Video from the Missouri Department of Conservation  [Website]
Falcon cam
It’s now four eggs for peregrine falcon enthusiasts watching a nest box at the Country Club Plaza, thanks to a partnership providing a live web camera monitoring the nest. The nest box is on a ledge at the American Century Investments building. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff will observe the nest as part of a falcon re-introduction program that began in 1991 in Kansas City. [caption id="attachment_563" align="alignright" width="350"] Photo by Debra Burns, Missouri Department of Conservation[/caption] The Plaza ... Read More
Missouri Resources Magazine cover
The Spring 2017 issue of Missouri Resources magazine is available online with great stories on the history and natural resources of Missouri. The Bald Knobs of Missouri by Summer Young You can't visualize or even discuss Ozarks geology or topography without acknowledging the prominent rounded peaks that are visible from nearly every vantage point in southern Missouri. Some early inhabitants of the bald knobs were just as prominent. Building on Watershed Success Stories by Mary Culler The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' ... Read More
MDC Grils camp session
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is now accepting registrations for a free Discover Nature — Girls Camp June 27-29 at Heit’s Point Lutheran Camp near Lincoln, Mo., in Benton County.  This camp will be wonderful way for youngsters to learn outdoor skills and enjoy camp camaraderie. Discover Nature — Girls Camp is a three-day, two-night outdoor skills camp for girls ages 11 to 15. This camp provides a supportive learning environment for girls to learn about firearm safety, fishing, ... Read More
Smithville lake tree removal
MDC and partners cut trees on shore and use barges to transport them to sites in Smithville Lake where sunken brush piles can provide good fish habitat. Volunteers are welcome to help boost the lake's fishery.  Photo by Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation MDC seeks volunteers for FISH habitat project March 30 Project creates fish habitat at Smithville Lake and anglers benefit The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and partners will be dropping large trees into Smithville Lake March ... Read More
Mount Rushmore
Here's a holiday that defies intuition. First, the holiday was officially established as Washington's Birthday and remains so in the Federal Register. Second, Washington's Birthday will never take place on Washington's birthday. Okay, we'll tackle that last fact first. George Washington was officially born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, but at that time, Great Britain and its little possession across the Atlantic remained at odds with the Pope and still used the Julian calendar. To keep matters short, when ... Read More
Mountain Lion
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently received DNA results from a confirmed mountain lion in Shannon County (south central Missouri.) Those results indicated the mountain lion was a female with a probable origin in the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota, and Northwest Nebraska. This is the first definitive confirmation of a female mountain lion being present in Missouri since 1994. Missouri Department of Conservation file photo of a mountain lion. Recent results from DNA tests have confirmed ... Read More