Online events feature archery, watching snakes eat
The Missouri Department of Conservation has upcoming virtual programs designed to help viewers learn about archery, the feeding habits of snakes and much more.
The programs are free and open to the public, but viewers must register online before the events begin. Classes are as follows:
— Introduction to Archery is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 25. Conducted by the staff at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education office in Springfield, Missouri, topics covered in the class include shooting fundamentals, equipment selection and maintenance, safety, and proper storage techniques. People can register for this program at https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/171719. 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.
— Beetle Basics is scheduled from 10 to 10:30 a.m. July 25. Staff members with the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will highlight facts about beetles, which comprise one-fourth of the world’s animals. While not all beetles are beneficial, humans owe a debt of gratitude to the pest-control, pollination and carrion-removal roles played by a number of beetle species. This program is designed for viewers ages 12 and older and will feature a question-and-answer session following the presentation. People can register at https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173699.
— Snake Feeding is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. July 29 and will give viewers an overview of the eating habits of snakes, including a look at a two-headed western rattlesnake being fed. This program is being presented by the MDC Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center in Branson, Missouri, and is open to all ages. People can register for this online program at https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173822.
— Identifying the Water Moccasin, held by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center Staff, will focus on the identifying characteristics of the venomous water snake for viewers from 1 to 1:30 p.m. July 30. The program will also cover the snake’s habitat and precautions that hikers, canoeists and campers can take to avoid being bitten. Registration can be initiated at https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173690.
— Little Acorns: Busy Beavers is designed for children ages 2 to 7 and will highlight the wood-chewing and dam-constructing habits of one of nature’s best builders from 10 to 10:30 a.m. July 31. Led by a special beaver puppet with help from staff members at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, kids of all ages can earn about the lives and habitat of beavers. Registration can be completed at https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173839. Participants must provide an email address, 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.
— Spin Fishing for Trout is scheduled from 1 to 1:30 p.m. July 31. Spin-fishing equipment can be effective trout-fishing tackle. MDC Conservation Educator Greg Collier will show anglers how combining the proper reel, line, rod and tackle can help fill a stringer with rainbows on their next trout-fishing excursion. Registration can be completed at https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173591.
— Little Acorns: Cottontails is a kids’ program that will feature cottontail rabbits from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 7. MDC Naturalist Alan Reed with the Springfield Conservation Center will describe how, although a cottontail rabbit may be a common sight, it has several adaptations that are focused on avoiding predators. This program is designed for ages 3 to 6, but is open to all ages. Viewers can pre-register at: https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173709.
Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual programs. A listing of all programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/regions.