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BRANSON — Vultures are a well-known, but under-appreciated member of the bird world. Few people realize it, but these large, dark-colored birds that many people refer to as “buzzards” perform valuable roles in nature, according to a press release.

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BRANSON — Vultures are a well-known, but under-appreciated member of the bird world. Few people realize it, but these large, dark-colored birds that many people refer to as “buzzards” perform valuable roles in nature, according to a press release.

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With their own holiday and the most watched weather forecast of the year, groundhogs have reigned through folklore as a predictor of how much winter is left in the season.

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LIBERTY — Now in its 10th year, Liberty’s Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program continues to help residents reinvest in their own neighborhoods.

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Because of owls’ nocturnal lifestyles and their skills at hunting mice, rats and other rodents that can be pests for humans, these nighttime birds are a fascinating and beneficial part of Missouri’s outdoors.

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From 1880-1920 Missouri was one of the leading lumber producing states in the nation. Huge sawmills processed shortleaf pine into lumber, shingles, and railroad ties. When the lumber boom faded away in 1920 a focus on regenerating the forests began, according to the Missouri Department of Co…

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Missouri’s 2020-2021 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation reporting a preliminary total deer harvest for the season of 296,516. Of the deer harvested, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks, and 127,461 were does, according to a releas…

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The crossbow, an ancient form or archery, is enjoying new popularity as a tool for hunting and target shooting. A free virtual online clinic about hunting with crossbows will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, by the Missouri Department of Conservation, according to a release.

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After nearly four years of partnership between Clay County, area residents and the city of Smithville, the Clay County Dog Park had a ribbon cutting at the Little Platte South Trail Access at the corner of Litton Way and Old Jefferson Highway near Smithville Lake. Former Eastern County Commi…

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JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri state park and historic site indoor spaces, including visitor centers, nature centers, museums and offices will remain closed through Sunday, Feb. 28. As some people enjoy winter hiking, outdoor spaces and amenities, including day-use areas, lodging, campgrounds, bo…

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When snow and ice are cleared from the roads and forecast, drivers should expect to see maintenance crews at work on Missouri’s highways, often in slow-moving operations.

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After a December scare in which two children fell through the ice at Smithville Lake, a regional fire chief is warning the public that no depth of ice is safe in Missouri.

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When the holidays are over and it’s time to take down natural holiday trees, wreaths and garland, Mid-America Regional Council suggests recycling them.

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KEARNEY — City leaders in Kearney accepted a land donation from developers Craig Porter and Chris Shipley in the Westwood Village subdivision that may be used in the future as a green space or pocket park.

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Despite the warmer December days, the rivers and lakes are growing colder. If there are plans to be near or on one of the state’s many bodies of water, be careful and stay alert, per the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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Poinsettia is the nation’s most popular potted flowering plant. What makes this remarkable is that most poinsettias are sold between the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, according to a release from the University of Missouri Extension.

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LIBERTY — Unfortunately, COVID-19 played havoc with schedules for contractors and installers but last week, the installation team from Cloverleaf Inc. for AB Creative brought in some of the first playground pieces to City Park, 970 Missouri Highway 291.

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Col. Eric Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds everyone there may be an increase in traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday. If so, drivers should remain alert to changes along their normal route. Regardless of traffic patterns, safety should remain a priority.