Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following activities for the month of February. The Nature Center is located at 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. All activities are free, but registration is required, unless otherwise noted. Call 816-228-3766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.
• Little Acorns: Squirrely Squirrels, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 and 9. What do our preschoolers have in common with squirrels? Probably a lot more than you think! Interactive squirrel stations will reveal the squirrely squirrel in all of us.
• Bird in the Hand, for all ages, 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 11. Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you'll be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. No registration required.
• Cooking Wild: Squirrel, for adults, noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Many Missouri hunters began with, and continue to hunt for one critter: Squirrels! Squirrels are plentiful and fun to hunt, and can make great table fare. Join us as we explore hunting, skinning, and cooking these bushy tailed mammals.
• Babes in the Woods: Pelts, Puppets and Playm for babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14. Brrrr…it's cold outside. Furry animals sleep and eat the winter days away. Their fur is like a blanket keeping them warm.
• Conservation Kids Club: Hooting for Owls, for ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Who’s who in the owl world? Discover the important role owls play in the web of life by dissecting real owl pellets! As we prowl the woods and prairies searching for these nocturnal predators, learn how to scan the land for prime owl habitat and how to identify Missouri owls by sound.
• Maple Sugaring, for all ages, 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 18. In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap and make delicious syrup from native trees.
• Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales, for ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 25. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will all sorts of magnificent creatures, cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome.
– Jillayne Ritchie