Outdoors

MOMMA FALCON

This falcon parent was banded as a chick in Omaha, Neb. Some adult falcons return to the city where they were banded as chicks, while some become parents in cities throughout the Midwest. This female is now raising young at a nest at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLC office building in Kansas City. Photos

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The Lady, the Bass and the Memory

It was one of the most beautiful smallmouth i ever saw… a deep chocolate brown, with a bulging belly full of eggs, and a length of 23 inches. I know it was bigger than six-pounds but no one ever weighed it that I know of. The photo of that enormous smallmouth is old, and it

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Fish Guts

I believe that we all should give maximum effort to leaving the outdoors and the world around us as natural and as clean as possible.  Why are there so many who just don’t seem to give a darn?  One of the most disgusting things I have ever seen at an Ozark Lake is at the

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MDC reports CWD results for 2019-2020 season

MDC confirms 46 more cases of deadly deer disease. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/CWD. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has completed its monitoring and testing efforts for the 2019-2020 chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance year. From those efforts, MDC reports it has confirmed 46 new cases of the deadly deer disease. These new

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Enjoy National Trails Day, June 6, at an MDC trail near you

June 6 is National Trails Day, an event that annually sends people searching for new trails to discover. Often, they want a trail that’s smack-dab in the middle of the outdoors, but close enough to be easily reached from urban areas. It has to be a place that’s remote enough that hikers will be completely

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BARN OWLS DON’T GIVE A HOOT

Check out these young barn owls from a nesting box in Barton Co. Chicks hatch in the order they were laid so you see various sizes. Barn owls do not “hoot” like other owl species. Instead, they hiss & click their beaks to ward off predators and make raspy calls.

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EMERALD ASH BORER DEATH KILLS ASH TREES

The wood from ash trees is used for baseball bats, tool handles and musical instruments. Sadly, the appearance of the emerald ash borer means nearly all ash trees will die. Those with ash trees in their yard should make a plan to remove them or treat them.

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MDC wants public comments on proposed bear-hunting season

Learn more through May 27 webcast and comment online by June 5 at mdc.mo.gov/bears. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking initial public input on a proposed limited and highly regulated hunting season for black bears, which would be open only to Missouri residents. If approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission, a season could

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MDC says track summer birds near home for fun, learning

A variety of songbirds sing through summer in urban and rural areas Songbirds are free to roam, and their travels take them beyond wild places to the trees, shrubs, and grasses they find in cities or near rural homes. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to get outside this summer and look for

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