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MDC partners with Lincoln University on Poplar Bluff Feral Hog Workshop

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has partnered with Lincoln University to present a free Feral Hog Workshop for landowners at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff. The workshop is July 12 at 6 p.m.

The workshop is cooperation between Lincoln University Small Farm Program, University of Missouri Extension, MDC and USDA APHIS Wildlife Services.

Presentations will address feral hog concerns, proper control and identification of damage, appropriate removal and public health concerns.

MDC: Landowner workshop shows prescribed fire as land, wildlife management tool

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Landowners can learn to use prescribed fire as a land management tool at a Prescribed Fire Workshop presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Thursday, Aug. 11, at Mineral Area College. This workshop will be given two different times to provide landowners a better opportunity to attend. The first will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and the second from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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.”

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