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MDC to present seminar on tapping maple trees for syrup in Columbia Feb. 11

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with the Missouri Community Forestry Council (MCFC) and Columbia's Tree Task Force, will host an educational presentation on how to tap backyard maple trees for syrup.

"Missouri is a great place to tap sugar maples for maple syrup," said MDC Community Forester Ann Koenig, "and as temperatures freeze and thaw in late winter, this is the season to do it."

MDC to host waterfowl season workshop Feb. 10 in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to an upcoming public workshop where Department staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2017-2020 hunting seasons. Participants will have the opportunity to review long-term data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, and hunter opinions, and to discuss season date and zone preferences with other hunters and MDC staff.

MDC to host Eagle Days in Clarksville Jan. 30—31

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. — Every winter, Missouri welcomes record numbers of bald eagles and boasts some of the most plentiful viewing areas in all of the lower 48 states. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages eagle-lovers of all ages to discover nature and get outdoors to view our nation's most iconic raptor at the annual Eagle Days event in Clarksville. Events will take place at Lock and Dam 24 and the Apple Shed Theater in Clarksville on Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Love nature? Become a Master Naturalist with MDC

COLUMBIA, Mo.— Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service. They engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state's natural resources through science-based education and volunteer community service. To get started as a volunteer, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), along with the University of Missouri (MU) Extension, will be holding Master Naturalist training sessions in Columbia and Camdenton.

MDC will offer the following Master Naturalist training in Columbia:

MDC offers landowner pond workshops in Columbia and Fulton

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a pond management workshop from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on March 3 in Columbia and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on March 9 in Fulton. The workshops are free, but space is limited and participants must pre-register by March 1.

MDC seeks info about poached bull elk found at Current River

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a dead bull elk recently found along the Current River in Shannon County and asks the public to report any related information to the Department's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

According to MDC preliminary information, the elk appears to have been shot and the skull plate and antlers were removed with a chainsaw. The rest of the carcass was left intact.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center offers free family fun at Holiday Happenings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Holidays are a time to spend with friends and family. It's been a tradition at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Runge Nature Center to host Holiday Happenings between Christmas Day and New Year's Day for families and friends to gather and connect with nature.

Holiday Happenings 2015 will take place from 10 a.m. – 3p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Wednesday, Dec. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 31.

MDC pilots new program that expands public access for Missouri hunters

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A new program piloted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in northeast Missouri increases outdoor recreational opportunities for Missouri hunters, anglers, and wildlife watchers. The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) provides incentive payments to private landowners who volunteer to open their property for public access and recreation.

Upon enrollment, landowners select from various public access options such as:

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools workshop for preschool teachers in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites preschool teachers interested in improving conservation education in their classrooms and home-schools to attend an upcoming free training class on Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MDC Central Regional Office, 3500 East Gans Road in Columbia. Space is limited and reservations are required by Jan. 15.

Help Protect Mid-MO Deer from Chronic Wasting Disease

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking deer hunters and landowners in central Missouri to help limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) -- a disease fatal to deer -- through some Department recommendations and regulation changes.

The Department's focus on Mid-Missouri comes after a buck harvested in Cole County last year tested positive for the deadly disease. The disease has also been found in several dozen deer from Linn, Macon, and Adair counties.

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