February events at the nature center at Burr Oak Woods, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. For more information or online registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also is at 816-228-3766 and mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.
Bird in the Hand – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2. Walk-in event, all ages. Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an ongoing project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. Birds are captures, banded and released. Once banded and recorded, a participant can track individual birds through this and future seasons. This program is weather permitting.
Investigating Skulls – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Feb. 9. No registration required (all ages) An animal skull will give you all the evidence you need to identify which animal it came from. Teeth, eye sockets and even the overall shape of a skull can provide great clues. Come on in and use new skills to identify the skulls of a few of Missouri’s wild animals.
Little Acorns: Winter Coats – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13. Registration required on-line (ages 3–5 with an adult) Find out how some animals use their fur to adapt to Missouri’s harsh winters. We will take a brief trip outside so dress for the weather.
Conservation Families: Wildlife Tracking – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Registration required on-line (families with children ages 6-plus). The tracks and other signs animals leave behind can tell us many things about them. Learn how to tell who has been in your neighborhood and where they might be going. Dress to be outside for this program.
Owls, the Super Predators – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16. No registration required (all ages) Owls have incredible adaptations that make them perfect nocturnal hunters. Find out who lives here and learn their calls, and even dissect some owl pellets.
Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales – 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 23. Walk-in (ages 2-plus). Story hour: Meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures. We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.
Maple sugaring – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23. No registration required (all ages). Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap and make delicious syrup from native trees. A portion of the program (15-25 minutes) will be outside, so dress for the weather.
Critter feeding schedule – 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Walk-in event, all ages. Captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feasts. The snakes are fed every other week (Feb. 1 and 15).