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MDC agent receives top honor from 16-state association

Conservation Agent Rob Farr was recently honored as the Officer of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Farr is based in Benton County.

MDC will display historic archery deer mount and gear at Parma Woods Shooting Range

Parkville, Mo. – A proud hunter and the 10-point buck bagged with bow and arrow made the front page of The Kansas City Star newspaper on Oct. 8, 1959. Voris Dibben of Lake Waukomis killed the white-tailed deer in wooded hills near the Missouri River west of Parkville when deer were making a comeback from near extirpation in Missouri thanks to conservation.

"Bags Buck 10 Miles From Downtown," said the The Star's front-page headline accompanied by a center-page photo of Dibben with his bow and the deer.

MDC sampling shows rich fish diversity in Big Buffalo Creek

Cole Camp, Mo. – Peer into Big Buffalo Creek and you will see small fishes swimming in the clear water, no surprise for a stream bordering Ozark highlands. But what will surprise an onlooker is the species diversity found when fishery biologists sample the stream's fish population with seines and nets.

Book reveals Missouri's rich waterfowl and wetland history

Kansas City, Mo. – Thousands of ducks and geese will cup wings and glide into splashy landings this autumn at wetlands and lakes throughout western Missouri. This is possible because the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in partnership with hunters, groups and public agencies worked over the decades ensure healthy waterfowl populations.

A book released this fall, Waterfowl Hunting and Wetland Conservation in Missouri – A Model of Collaboration, chronicles past, present and future.

MDC offers HOWLoween event at Gorman Discovery Center

Kansas City, Mo. – A HOWLoween treat is being offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 4750 Troost Ave. This all-ages special event is free and no registration is required.

Channel catfish from MDC hatcheries stocked for anglers

Liberty, Mo. – More than 85,000 channel catfish were stocked in community lakes this week by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The autumn stocking of young catfish reared in MDC's Lost Valley Hatchery gives the fish a chance to grow during winter and be ready for anglers when spring raises fishing fevers.

Jake Allman on Tuesday, Sept. 30, carried several dip nets full of catfish to lakes at Liberty's Fountain Bluff Sports Complex.

National Hunting and Fishing Day held at MDC's Reed Area

Lee's Summit, Mo. – Tessa Landers flipped the fishing rod forward, with a little help from dad, and the practice lure almost hit the bucket painted up like a largemouth bass. Close was good enough for an angler at age 4 learning about fishing. She had plenty of company as more than 600 visitors participated in National Hunting and Fishing Day activities on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area.

Help superheroes battle alien invaders at Burr Oak Woods

Blue Springs, Mo. – They will suddenly appear at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, and they could be everywhere if people will pitch in and help. We're talking superheroes battling alien invaders -- plants and critters. Superheroes will explain their powers during guided hikes along the Nature Center's Missouri Tree Trail on Saturday, Oct. 4. Those attending this free event for all ages can learn how they can be heroes in keeping non-native species from harming Missouri's forests, grasslands and yards.

MDC's Discovery Center plans nature photo exhibit

Kansas City, Mo. – Photographers find Missouri a great place to discover nature, from tiny insects to wide vistas of woodlands or prairies. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is looking for photographers willing to share pictures of their favorite discoveries in nature.

MDC offers habitat management field day in Platte County

Weston, Mo. – A field day to help property owners manage for healthy woods and wildlife habitat will be offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Jungk Tree Farm near Weston. The property is reached about a half miles south of Weston on Route JJ.

Taking Care of Your Land Field Day is free. Participants are requested to RSVP to MDC Resource Forester Paul Whitsell at 816-655-6263, ext. 1345.

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