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MDC: Buoy near Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge tests water quality

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – As people stroll along the riverfront in Cape Girardeau, they may notice a yellow buoy that arrived this week. It looks like a small boat floating near the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the buoy is part of the MDC’s cooperative effort with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s (Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network (GREON) project to monitor water quality.

MDC: Apply now for Discover Nature Girls Camp

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a Discover Nature Girls Camp in the Southeast Missouri June 21-23 at Camp SEMO in Wappapello, Mo.  According to the camp organizer, Conservation Agent Christa Cox, this camp is a free, three-day, two-night experience aimed at introducing girls ages 11 to 15 to outdoor skills in a supportive learning environment.  

MDC: Get involved in spring cleanup events in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Imagine walking along the riverfront with friends, enjoying the view of the mighty Mississippi on a summer evening, when suddenly there’s trash in the middle of an otherwise inspiring view. Nothing spoils the serenity of nature like litter. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says it’s time for some spring cleaning and volunteers are needed to help in the cleanup. MDC has two events scheduled for April to ensure the area’s waterways are in tiptop shape for summer.

MDC-tagged paddlefish logging as many as 500 miles in migration

JACKSON, Mo. -- Researchers with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) are surprised at how far paddlefish they've tagged traveled as part of a research project. Two of the tagged paddlefish swam more than 500 miles down the Mississippi River to the northern portion of Louisiana before being caught and called in. Researchers hope anglers will continue to look for tags when they catch paddlefish and report them.

MDC hosts ‘Veterans of Valor’ spring turkey hunt April 24-26

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting a Disabled Veterans Spring Turkey Hunt April 24-26 in Bollinger County. The event is open to any disabled veteran with service-related injuries. 

“We want to proudly honor those who have defended our freedoms,” said Conservation Agent Alan Lamb.

The goal of the program is to assist disabled veterans who are not able to go turkey hunting on their own. The event begins April 24 with morning turkey hunts on April 25 and 26. 

MDC Little River Conservation Area closed indefinitely due to flood damage

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces Little River Conservation Area (CA) in Dunklin and Pemiscot counties is closed to the public due to flooding.

The area entrance, five miles east of Kennett on Highway 412, has washed out due to flood damage. The culverts under the entrance road have washed out and the entrance is no longer accessible by vehicle, according to the area's manager, Tommy Marshall.

"We're working to get it fixed and will notify the public as soon as we open the area," Marshall said.

MDC Cape Nature Center offers beginning turkey hunting class March 19

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages hunters of all ages to experience the thrill of wild tom turkey gobbles at sunrise. These fierce males welcome spring luring in their mates and warning their rivals. The rolling, guttural gobbles may waft softly through the woods. Or, if you're turkey hunting and they've snuck near your concealed position, the gobble may seem like a ground-shaking roar.

MDC: Asian carp confirmed in Black River below Clearwater Lake Dam

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) fisheries management biologists recently confirmed the presence of silver carp, one of three species of invasive Asian carp, in the Black River just below the Clearwater Lake Dam near Piedmont.

"We knew Asian carp were numerous in the lower Black River near the confluence with the White River," said Paul Cieslewicz, MDC fisheries management biologist. "This is the first we've seen or heard of them being near Clearwater Lake."

MDC: Learn how to help purple martins at Cape Nature Center event

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says people can learn how to help purple martins Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m., at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

The hour-long program will present the history of the bond between martins and humans, best housing type and placement for the birds, steps people can take to ensure a colony returns and grows each year, along with new information learned about migration.

MDC: Pond workshop planned for southeast Missouri March 24

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a pond workshop March 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Pond owners will learn how to improve their fishery, deal with nuisance aquatic plants, and decide what fish species are best to stock or harvest.

“Ponds can provide an excellent fishery with a few simple management techniques,” said Jason Crites,  MDC fisheries management biologist.

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