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Discover red, white and blue in nature this holiday weekend

By Joe Jerek

Courtesy of MDC

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With the Fourth-of-July weekend coming up, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to look for some red, white and blue in nature through a holiday hike, bird watching, backyard fun, fishing and other outdoor activities.

Male Summer Tanager (Photo by MDC)

MDC offers some suggestions to get started finding red, white and blue in nature:

Red Royal Catchfly Flowers, Red Male Summer Tanagers,

White Beard-Tongues or Foxgloves, White Great Egrets, Blue False Indigos and Male Indigo Buntings.

For more information on these and other Missouri plants and animals, including where to find them, use the handy and helpful MDC online Field Guide at

Suggestions on things to do for outdoor adventures, find ‘Things to Do’ with MDC online at Offerings include: cycling on trails, backyard nature fun, birdwatching, fishing, camping, floating, outdoor cooking, hiking, hunting, nature photography, wildlife watching and more.

The Male Indigo Bunting on American Feverfew (Photo by MDC)

Find places to go for outdoor adventures at MDC online:

With MDC’s free mobile app -- MO Outdoors -- users can quickly and easily find MDC outdoor offerings based on the types of outdoor activities they want -- close to home, work or even while traveling.

MO Outdoors can help users find MDC conservation areas, fishing accesses, hiking trails, and more around the state based on their desired types of outdoor activities. Users can also mark “favorite” locations to quickly find them in future searches.

MO Outdoors also connects users to area regulations and season information, hours of operation, images, area closings and interactive maps of area boundaries and features, parking lots, boat ramps, and wildlife viewing areas using their device’s GPS. Users can also download maps for offline use.

MO Outdoors is available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.

MDC reminds everyone to be careful with fireworks, campfires and other sources of fire that could cause a wildfire. Fireworks are prohibited on all MDC conservation areas, accesses and other department locations.

As a reminder, it is still critical to continue to heed all COVID-19 public-health measures during outdoor activities, such as physical distancing, avoiding overcrowding, hand washing and others.

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