With the Independence Day 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.
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.
If you want more information on these and other Missouri plants and animals, including where to find them, go to nature.mdc.mo.gov.
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 conservations areas, accesses and other Department locations.
MDC reminds the public that it is still critical to continue to heed all COVID-19 public-health measures during outdoor activities, such as physical distancing, avoiding overcrowding, handwashing, and others.