Jumping Oak Galls turn Oak trees brown in Southeast Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Southeast Missourians are reporting a strange condition on the leaves of oak trees. An even stranger phenomenon is occurring on the ground underneath the affected trees. Jennifer Behnken, MDC’s community forester for the southeast region, said many people are starting to notice their oak trees turning brown, with pin-head sized bumps and brown pock marks on the bottom of the leaves. Behnken said these symptoms are signs of jumping oak galls. She added this phenomenon mainly affects white oak trees.

MDC cultivates ‘Close to home fishing’ in southeast Missouri communities

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Going to work and being on the water, working with fish, is a dream come true for Salvador Mondragon. He’s a fisheries management biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), tasked to help communities in Missouri’s southeast region in the management of fish populations in their lakes.

“Growing up, I enjoyed fishing, and quite honestly I just enjoyed being on the water,” Mondragon said.

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts ‘Feeding Frenzy’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center invites the public to view live feedings of the center’s resident reptiles, amphibians and fish Thursday, July 7, from 1 to 2 p.m.

“A lot of people ask us what the feeding routine is for our resident animal educators,” said Sara Turner, the Nature Center Manager. “Watching how the animals eat can help people understand what they need in their natural habitat and gain a better understanding of the different animal species.”

MDC’s Nature Center at Night focuses on pond life

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Pond life is the topic for the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center event, Nature Center at Night, Thursday, July 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Ponds are teeming with life from top to bottom,” said Sara Turner, MDC manager of the nature center. “The display at the July Nature at Night event will explore how some animals live in ponds and others just visit.”

MDC offers frog gigging clinic for youth in East Prairie

EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. – Frog gigging, or frogging, is a great way to enjoy Missouri’s fish, forest and wildlife resources while also putting food on the table. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites families to discover nature at a frog gigging clinic 6:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 9, at Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area (CA). The clinic is free and open to youth ages seven to 17 and their parent or adult mentor, but preregistration is required by July 6.

Black bear travels nearly 400 miles across southern Missouri

WHITEWATER, Mo. – A three-year-old black bear sighted in Whitewater Friday morning is a reminder to southeast Missourians to be “Bear Aware” according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Whitewater resident Phillip O’Kelly saw the bear with his daughter on their front porch, but when the bear heard humans, it took off, he said.

“It was probably about 100 feet from the porch,” O’Kelly said. “I came out to look at it and as soon as it heard our commotion it turned around to run off.”

Tree health in the Ozarks, a growing concern

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Missourians love their trees and each summer, a number of diseases and pests cause concern for tree owners throughout the region.

People can get information about tree problems they may be experiencing at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) seminar “Tree Health in the Ozarks; A Growing Concern.” This free event will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18 at the MDC Ozark Regional Office in West Plains (551 Joe Jones Blvd.). Lunch will be provided.

One man, three counties, 19 wildlife violations

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says fifteen seconds of fame garnered from “reeling in” an 83-pound catfish wasn’t earned by the man who made many news outlets last summer with an 83-pound catfish. After a lengthy investigation, a Missouri conservation agent proved the story wasn’t completely true. Anthony Stacy of Farmington pleaded guilty last week in Reynolds County to two counts of illegally shooting flathead catfish with bow fishing equipment. One was the 83-pound catfish spread across the news and the other was a 50-pound catfish.

MDC hosts Hunter Education Skills Session at Perryville Elks Lodge

PERRYVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Hunter Education Skills Session at the Perryville Elks Lodge, Friday, July 29, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1967 is required to have an approved hunter education card. The card is also required when purchasing any firearms hunting permit. Hunter education courses are for students 11 years of age and older.


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