SWEET SPRINGS — Because 93 percent of Missouri land is privately owned, landowners play a critical role in habitat management that benefits wild turkeys. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites landowners and land managers to a turkey habitat management workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Blind Pony Fish Hatchery north of Sweet Springs. The workshop is free, but preregistration by May 14 is required.
Workshop topics include turkey biology, habitat management, cost-share practices and a demonstration area where habitat management practices have been performed.
“Landowners can help the state’s wild turkey population by increasing nesting and brood-rearing habitat on their property,” said MDC Private Land Conservationist Seth Moore. “This workshop is a great opportunity for landowners and land managers to learn how to improve their properties for wild turkeys and other wildlife species.”
For more information or to preregister, please contact Moore at email@example.com or (660) 886-7447, ext. 310; or contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Steven Noll at Steven.Noll@mdc.mo.gov or (660) 248-3358, ext. 119.
Blind Pony Fish Hatchery is located at 16285 BP Hatchery Drive. From Sweet Springs at I-70, go north one mile on Highway 127, then east 6.5 miles on Route ZZ.
To learn about other Discover Nature programs in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov.
Photo: In spring, tom turkeys strut and fan in courtship displays. Credit — Missouri Department of Conservation photo