CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) held their 10th annual Day on the River event along the riverfront in Downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Saturday, September 21.
The hands-on event brought thousands down to the river to see the various activities offered in the event.
MDC Naturalist Angela Pierce said their goal is to build awareness on the river as a habitat and a home.
"We want to get people engaged in the river," Pierce said. "We want them to know that the river is a home to a lot of different types of animals and plants. That we need people to help support us by keeping that river healthy for those plants and animals."
Activities at the event included bow fishing, live river animals, painting lures, boat rides and more.
Haley Stone said she learned a lot about the river from the boat tour she took.
"I've actually never been on this river before," Stone said. "I've lived her for 16 years and have never gone out. So it was pretty cool."
Pierce said the MDC gets a lot of questions about what their organization does to help out the river and wetlands. She said there are a lot of studies about the plants and animals along the river and encourages people to go out and engage in the wildlife opportunities.
"From a recreation standpoint, there is a lot to offer from unique fishing opportunities like bow fishing, hunting in the wetland areas, but also birdwatching and hiking along the wetlands," Pierce added.
For more information about the Missouri Department of Conservation, click here. https://mdc.mo.gov/