Ozark

MDC: Twin Pines seeks volunteers to help prepare for spring

WINONA, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation volunteers are a vital part of the conservation community. Naturalists at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center are calling on volunteers to help prepare the facility for the spring season.

Specifically, volunteers are needed to help teach nature programs, bait hooks and help out at the kid's fishing pond, prepare the native landscaping around the center, clean the trail and help with other general tasks.

Refuge at MDC Peck Ranch Area to close temporarily for elk calving

VAN BUREN, Mo. – Ensuring the population stability of a popular wildlife resident is the primary reason behind the upcoming closure of the refuge area at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Peck Ranch Conservation Area. Peck Ranch Area's refuge will be closed April 1 to July 1 to minimize stress and human interference during the annual elk calving period.

MDC holding prescribed burn clinics in Ava and Doniphan

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Fire can be a beneficial tool for improving wildlife habitat and reducing less-desirable plant species when used in controlled, supervised conditions. However, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) stresses that prescribed fire involves planning and on-site management.

MDC: Discover Nature at Twin Pines Fly-Tying Event

Winona, MO. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Twin Pines Conservation Education Center will host a fly-tying event Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDC Naturalist Wyatt Layman said participants will learn how to use natural items, like fibers and fur, to make these intricate works of art. Fly tying is a fascinating hobby, he said, requiring creativity.

"A wide variety of items can be used to make a fly to attract a fish," Layman said. "Some people may be surprised at what they can make and use all on their own."

Love nature? Become a Master Naturalist with MDC

ROLLA, 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 community service.

The Meramec Hills Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri (MU) Extension, will be holding a Master Naturalist training course in Rolla. The training in Rolla will consist of the following:

MDC to hold prescribed burn workshops in Ozarks

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Fire can be a beneficial land-management tool to improve wildlife habitat and reduce less-desirable plant species when used in controlled, supervised conditions. However, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) stresses that prescribed fire involves planning and on-site management.

MDC invites landowners and others interested in learning how to use prescribed fire as a land-management tool to these free upcoming workshops in the Ozarks.

MDC offers fish gigging clinic Jan. 23 for Oregon County

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host Introduction to Fish Gigging in Oregon County, Saturday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registered participants will meet at MDC's Ozark Regional Office in West Plains before departing as a group to gig on private land. Blake Stephens, MDC fisheries management biologist, said participants will learn to gig from the front of a boat, learn about sucker fish and the Ozark tradition of fish gigging.

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