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Because owls tend to be creatures of the night, and their hunting of mice, rats, and other rodents that can be pests for humans, these birds are a fascinating and beneficial part of Missouri’s outdoors.

Missouri at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites us to learn more about owl species found in Missouri through a virtual program “Owls of Missouri.”  The program is Feb. 25 from 6-7 p.m. and is put on by the staff of MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin.

MDC Naturalist Jessie Ballard will provide information about the species of owls that are found in Missouri and will also have tips on how to identify their calls. This program is open to all ages. People can register for this program at:

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.