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Next week! MDC holds three duck season, zone workshops in Southeast Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to upcoming public workshops where Department staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2017-2020 hunting seasons. Participants will have the opportunity to review long-term data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, and hunter opinions, and to discuss season date and zone preferences with other hunters and MDC staff.

MDC: Cape Nature Center hosts ‘Feeding Frenzy’ Feb. 18

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, Feb. 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“A lot of people ask us what the feeding routine is for our resident animal educators,” said Angela Pierce, a naturalist at the center. “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: Resource scientists track American eel’s 688 mile journey

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) resource scientists recently tracked an American eel on what they called an extreme long distance migration of 688 river miles. The eel was one of 20 eels implanted with transmitters by MDC scientists working on a special project to identify American eel habitat and movement patterns.
"American eels have a unique life cycle which requires long migrations to complete," said Andy Bueltmann, a Southeast Missouri State University graduate student working on the project.

MDC: Dial in to Cape Nature Center’s new audio tour

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has added a new dimension to their exhibit space and hiking trail. An eight-stop audio tour is available by cell phone to give visitors the inside scoop on their own time.

MDC: Cape Nature Center hosts ‘Around the Fire with Lewis and Clark’ Feb. 19

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host "Around the Fire with Lewis and Clark," Friday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

"This will be a fun way to spend a wintery night, staying warm around the campfire as we hear what the land was like when Lewis and Clark traveled through Missouri on their way west," said Jordi Brostoski, a naturalist at the center.

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts Duck Decoy Carving program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host a Duck Decoy Carving program Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. through Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. MDC Education Consultant Bridget Jackson said participants will make beautiful duck decoys to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art for their home or business.

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts maple sugaring program Feb. 13

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host "Maple Sugaring" Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1-4 p.m. This program is all about the history, equipment and process of making maple syrup and sugar.

"This event is self-guided and partially outdoors so that we can show the entire process of backyard sugaring," said Angela Pierce, a naturalist at the Nature Center. Pierce said maple sugaring has a long history in America, with earliest records of Indians using syrup for barter in the 1600s.

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts Women’s Trout Fishing event Feb. 20

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center invites women to learn how to fish for trout Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

"This is a chance to experience camaraderie with other women while learning a new outdoor skill," said Michelle Randecker, a naturalist at the center. "Trout fishing can be very exciting, as the fish will sometimes put up a good fight on the line."

MDC: Three duck season, zone workshops set for Southeast Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to upcoming public workshops where Department staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2017-2020 hunting seasons. Participants will have the opportunity to review long-term data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, and hunter opinions, and to discuss season date and zone preferences with other hunters and MDC staff.

MDC: Last segments for Farmington Wildlife Seminar rescheduled

FARMINGTON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a change to the end of the month-long Wildlife Seminar at Mineral Area College. The sessions which were originally scheduled for Jan. 26 will instead be Feb. 11, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. These events are open to everyone, although registration is required.

"Note that this last meeting is on a Thursday, which is a change also," said Julie Norris, MDC private land conservationist. Norris is the seminar organizer.

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