Saturday, May 21, 2016

MDC joins birding enthusiasts at Wings Over Weston

Annual birding festival showcases conservation and ecology of wild birds

Weston, Mo. – Birds and butterflies were featured at the Wings Over Weston festival May 13 and 14 at Weston Bend State Park in Platte County. School groups toured nature exhibits and learned about birds and natural habitats on the birding fest’s opening day. More than 700 people visited on Saturday when the festival hosted the general public. Sunny, cool weather made it a great day to hike on the park’s trails and look for birds.
   The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is a partner in the annual event. Wings Over Weston is organized by the Burroughs Audubon Society of Kansas City and Missouri State Parks. Other conservation partners, such as Missouri Master Naturalists, provide exhibits and volunteers.
   Visitors enjoyed guided birding hikes, crafts and games for children, live bird displays, a native plant sale, and conservation exhibits. MDC staff was on hand with displays about prairie chickens, peregrine falcons, stream ecology, monarch butterfly conservation and information about wild birds.
    MDC conservation areas offer excellent opportunities for birding year round. For more information on birding in Missouri, visit http://on.mo.gov/1sjfstj.