Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center plans an array of events during February, 2020. The Center is located at 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. All Burr Oak Woods programs are free. Unless otherwise indicated, pre-registration is required. To pre-register for a program, call 816-228-3766 or visit https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature-link/burr-oak-woods-nature-center-events.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Critter feeding schedule: 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. ee what captive amphibians, fish and turtles have to eat. See the snakes fed on Feb. 14 and 28. No registration is required.
• Bird in the Hand: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., February 1. Participate as Burr Oak Woods and the Missouri River Bird observatory staffs work to capture, tag and then release local birds. You will be able to watch the process and may be able to assist in the release of the birds by staff. Once the birds are tagged, you will be able to track individual birds as they move. This program is weather permitting. No registration is required.
• Baby Season, Part 1: 10 to 11 a.m., February 8. Learn to determine whether a baby animal you may see really needs “rescuing” or not. No registration is required for this program.
• Families Xplor Incredible Owls: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Feb. 11. Learn about the incredible adaptations that make owls into awesome nocturnal hunters. Dissect some owl pellets and then go outside to find out WHOOO lives at Burr Oak Woods. Registration is required. This program is for families with children ages 6 through 13.
• Missouri Department of Conservation Careers: 10 to 11 a.m., Feb. 15. Learn what the Missouri Department of Conservation does and why it is important. Learn about how to get involved and possibly come to work for the Department. No registration is required for this program.
• Little Acorns – Woodchuck and Whistle Pigs: 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 19. Learn about woodchucks and whether they actually eat wood or whistle. Find out the true name of these animals. Registration is required for this program. It is designed for children, ages 3 to 5, with an adult.
• Maple Sugaring: 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 22. Learn how to tap trees, collect sap and make delicious syrup from Missouri’s native trees. No registration is required for this program. All ages are welcome.
• Bluebirds of Happiness: 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 22. The Eastern bluebird is the Missouri state symbol. Discover the bluebird’s history, success and future in Missouri. You will also learn how to attract these “patriotic” birds to your backyard. No registration is required. All ages are welcome.
• Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: 11 a.m. to noon, Feb. 29. Come to this story hour to hear about birds, mammals and other magnificent creatures. No registration is required. All ages are welcome.