MDC's Cape Nature Center hosts Fall Festival

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Discover nature through fall family fun Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. All ages are invited to the center’s Fall Festival from 4 to 8 p.m.

Put unprofitable acres to use for wildlife

NEW MADRID, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says conservation practices can reduce farming costs on non-profitable acres while offering habitat to wildlife and preventing erosion.  Tim Kavan, MDC private land conservationist, said advancements in conservation technology, paired with conservation programs through MDC, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can lead farmers to improved profit margins.

Cape Nature Center volunteers use life-long experiences to benefit others

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The value of volunteers at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is more than money, according to Jamie Koehler, the center’s assistant manager. Although, the actual cost savings to MDC when the contributed time is added up was very near $100,000 for 2015. That’s the amount MDC would’ve had to pay employees for the same amount of time.

MDC: Public input sought for Current River Conservation Area

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans, and is seeking public input on how the Current River Conservation Area (CA) is important to Missourians. The Current River CA management plan is open for public review until Sept. 30.

DRAFT Current River Conservation Area Management Plan

Current River Conservation Area is 28,000 acres of forest, woodland, old field, open land, and glade habitats in Shannon County. This area is a study area for the Missouri Ozarks Forest Ecosystem Project and contributes to elk restoration efforts. Current River CA is managed to provide healthy forest and woodland cover to provide a diversity of habitat for native plants and animals and to enhance water quality in the Current and Black River watersheds. There is one 1.5-mile hiking trail, two fishing jetties, one archery shooting range, one firearm shooting range, and one overlook platform for public use.

MDC’s Day on the River is a chance to get to know the Mighty Mississippi

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host “Day on the River” at Riverfront Park in Cape Girardeau, Saturday, Sep. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages and groups are welcome at this free event and no registration is required.

Angela Pierce, a MDC naturalist, said this is a prime opportunity to learn about the Mississippi River.

“Families can enjoy boat rides, practice casting a fishing pole, see and touch fish right out of the big river, and even taste an Asian carp,” Pierce said.

Register now for Perryville Deer Management Workshop Sept. 14

PERRYVILLE, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists will host a white-tailed deer workshop for landowners Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Perryville Higher Education Center. Kyle Lorenz, MDC private lands conservationist, said the workshop is a great opportunity for landowners to hear tips from wildlife biologists and ask questions about management on their own property.

“Providing the right habitat for deer can greatly increase the odds of successful deer seasons in the future,” Lorenz said.

Southeast Missouri youth waterfowl clinic and hunt set for Oct. 1

PUXICO, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is giving youth hunters a chance to learn all of the skills needed to try waterfowl hunting.  The free clinic is scheduled for Oct. 1, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Duck Creek Conservation Area (CA) on Highway 51 north of Puxico.

“This is a very hands-on course and is an environment where anyone can learn, even if they’ve never fired a gun before,” said Dee Dee Dockins, MDC’s southeast region outdoor skills specialist.

Numbers matter in Missouri’s feral hog fight

PIEDMONT, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners can’t help but look at the numbers when it comes to feral hogs. Mark McLain is MDC’s feral hog team coordinator for the southeast region. When he added up the number of hogs trapped over the last two years, he realized those weren’t the only hogs that were taken off the land.

The southeast region hog team trapped 1,453 hogs in 2015 and 1,707 hogs so far in 2016. Add in the reproduction factor of feral hogs and the impact is huge.

Cape Nature Center presents ‘The Buzz about Pollinators’ Aug. 27

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host an event, The Buzz about Pollinators, Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Naturalist Michelle Randecker said this event will help people understand the vital role pollinators play in our food production and in nature.

“We’ll focus on native pollinators such as butterflies, flies, some beetles, bees and wasps and how they help us,” Randecker said. “We’ll also talk about what we can do to help them.”


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