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Bear program followed by 80th Anniversary Open House event on Oct. 10

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Ozarks are invited to a program on black bears on Tuesday, oct. 10, followed by an open house at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. A male black bear is best viewed at a distance. This male can move faster than you may think. It’s best to view them from a safe distance.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – To Missouri citizens, black bears are a source of fascination, curiosity – and, in some cases, concern.

People can learn more about bears at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program “Missouri’s Black Bears” on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The free program will be 5-6 p.m.

Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee with the Missouri Department of Conservation, will discuss black bear biology, the current bear research underway in the state, and how Missourians can better co-exist with these large mammals.

Following the program, visitors are invited to stay for 80th Anniversary Open house event, from 6-8 p.m. at the Nature Center. At this event, people are invited to join Director Sara Parker Pauley, Conservation commissioners and local leaders to celebrate the Missouri Department of Conservation’s history and share ideas about the state’s conservation future.

No registration is required for the bear program or open house event. For more information about either of these events, call 417-888-4237. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located at 4601 South Nature Center Way.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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