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MDC Cape Nature Center says ‘Don’t let your bucket list rust’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – "Bucket Lists" are all the rage these days as cable TV shows promote exotic destinations and home-purchasing opportunities around the world. However, many people's "bucket lists" are filled with opportunities they could take part in close to home. The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host a program centered on this idea, Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

MDC Cape Nature Center holds Earth Day celebration Saturday

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Friday, April 22 is Earth Day and there are plenty of ways to take part in celebrating the Earth. From taking a day to go fishing, planting a tree or digging in the dirt of a flower bed, time in nature is the best way to celebrate according to Sara Turner, manager of the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

MDC: Cape Nature Center presents Bats of Missouri program Wednesday

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Bats are most often affiliated with scary movies and an ever elusive vigilante in a black suit. But the flying mammals are more fragile than the entertainment industry has portrayed. The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host Bats of Missouri, Wednesday, April 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to explore and discuss their importance.

MDC Little River Conservation Area open for use

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces Little River Conservation Area (CA) in Dunklin and Pemiscot counties is open for public use. The area closed last month after flooding damaged the main entrance.

A temporary crossing has been placed at the area’s entrance, five miles east of Kennett on Highway 412, which allows entry to the area until the road is permanently fixed.

MDC: This fox says ‘Don’t litter!’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says there’s always a price to pay when someone litters. In a case Thursday, April 7, the price is a Red fox’s rear leg.

“It could be the price of a ticket for the person who litters, or something as serious as a limb in this case,” said Bruce Henry, MDC’s natural history biologist for the Southeast Region. “There’s always a price for littering, it’s just a matter of who pays.”

MDC Cape Nature Center, Southeast Missouri State University partner to present The Messenger

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center and Southeast Missouri State University’s (SEMO) College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture have partnered to bring an important new documentary viewing to the area. The Messenger will show Thursday, April 14, at the MDC’s Cape Nature Center at 7 p.m., with a panel discussion hosted by Dr. Rebecka Brasso, assistant professor of ornithology and wildlife toxicology at SEMO, directly following the viewing.

MDC seeks public input for Southeast Regional Office, Cape Nature Center

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 Southeast Regional Office and the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are managed for Missourians. These two management plans are open for public review in April.

MDC’s Cape Nature Center program takes the guesswork out of exploring nature with tots

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- It can be difficult to know the best methods to introduce little ones to nature. Should he play with that rock? What if she eats dirt? How much do they understand at two and under anyway? There’s a program at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center that takes the worry out of the “should and should nots” of exploring nature with a tot. The Tadpoles class, led by naturalist Michelle Randecker, is designed with this age group in mind.

MDC: Cape Nature Center offers wildflower walks

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The last frost usually occurs the first full week of April according to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Natural Events Calendar. Shortly after, flowers like Rose verbena and bird’s foot violets will begin to grace glades and roadsides. The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host two Wednesday Wildflower Walks at some of the region’s most scenic areas. It’s the perfect opportunity to soak in the beginning of the warmer seasons and enjoy a walk in the woods.

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.

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