Discover Nature with MDC through Eagle Days on your own

Due to COVID-19, MDC will not host Eagle Days events this year but encourages people to watch eagles on their own.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Did you know that thousands of bald eagles visit Missouri each winter and eagle watching in Missouri can be spectacular? From late December through early February, watch for eagles perched in large trees along river, streams, and lakes. Get out early in the morning to see eagles flying and fishing.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will not be hosting Eagle Days events this year but encourages people to look for eagles on their own. Here are some MDC suggestions for winter eagle watching:

  • Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access, east of Bagnell;
  • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K, southwest of Columbia;
  • Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville;
  • Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield;
  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico;
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270, off of Riverview Drive, St. Louis;
  • Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary east of West Alton;
  • Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs;
  • Smithville Lake north of Kansas City;
  • Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City;
  • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner;
  • Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson; and
  • Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw.

Get more information on Eagle Days, including related MDC online offerings at

Henry County COVID Update

As of December 7th, The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) has received confirmation of 9 more positive cases of COVID-19. Clinton-4, Calhoun-1, Windsor-2, and Urich-2. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in Henry County to 1,345.

(December 8) Henry County Health Center has received notification from the Department of Health and Senior Services of one more death due to complications related to COVID-19. This 95-year-old hospitalized female resided in the town of Calhoun. This marks the sixteenth death in Henry County due to complications related to COVID-19.

Linn County Health Department Moving to a New Location

Our neighbors to the west in Linn County Kansas will have a new location for their Public Health Department.  On December 30th, the Linn County Health Department will move to a new location at 11240 Tucker Road in Pleasanton.  Once the move is complete, they will continue to offer services such as WIC, Healthy Start program, family planning and women’s clinics, physical assessments, community health screenings and services, disease follow-up and containment, public health and emergency response.  If you need to reach the Linn County Health Department you can call 913-352-6640.

Bates County Angel Tree


2020 has been a year like no other but our ANGELS are still among us!  

Yes, ANGELS among us that need your help.  

In years past area churches have participated in the ANGEL TREE PROGRAM, but this year in Bates County with the Pandemic, Church attendance is down and area denominations are holding virtual services. So instead of our local faith community providing for these kids, 

The ANGEL TREE will be located at the west entrance of the Bates County Courthouse. This tree has been decorated with the names of ANGELS that are without the most basic of necessities, clothes, underwear, socks, and shoes. 

Please come to the Courthouse today and choose your ANGEL from the tree. After selecting your ANGEL, put your name and phone number on the list beside your ANGEL’s letter and number on the sign-in sheet provided. Place your wrapped gifts in a trash bag and attach the ANGEL TAG to the bag and return it to the courthouse by MONDAY DECEMBER 21, 2020. That’s all there is to it!  By choosing an ANGEL from the tree, you will be providing much-needed necessities for children in need right here in Bates County.  

The ANGEL TREE and the sign-up sheet are located in the west lobby of the COURTHOUSE.  Hurry and get your ANGEL today…they will disappear quickly! Questions? Call the BATES COUNTY VICTIM ADVOCATE at 660.679.5699!