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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.

MDC Cape Nature Center presents natural egg dyeing program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host Natural Egg Dyeing on Saturday, March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.

"Native plants can create stunning eggs for Easter," said Jordi Brostoski, MDC naturalist at the center.

Brostoski will lead the group in the process of using native plants and kitchen scraps to create nature-printed eggs in a range of colors.

"We'll supply the eggs, plants and dye," Brostoski said.

MDC offers Discover Nature Girls Camp in Wappapello June 21-23

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a Discover Nature Girls Camp in southeast Missouri June 21-23 at Camp SEMO in Wappapello. This free, three-day-two-night camp will introduce girls ages 11 to 15 to outdoor skills in a supportive learning environment.

"Our goal is to lead the girls in outdoor activities so when they leave they'll have the skills and confidence to explore our diverse landscape on their own and with their families," said Conservation Agent Christa Cox, who is organizing the camp.

MDC seeks public input for Clearwater Conservation Area

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 Clearwater Conservation Area (CA) is important to Missourians. The Clearwater CA management plan is open for public review through March 31.

MDC seeks public input for Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area

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 Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area (CA) is important to Missourians. The Magnolia Hollow CA management plan is open for public review in March.

MDC seeks public input for Big Cane Conservation Area

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 Big Cane Conservation Area (CA) is important to Missourians. The Big Cane CA management plan is open for public review from March 1 to March 31.

MDC Cape Nature Center at Night presents: A Fungus Among Us

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will showcase mushrooms at the next Nature Center at Night event, Thursday, March 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

“There are about 10,000 kinds of mushrooms in North America, and they have an astonishing array of shapes, sizes and colors,” said Sara Turner, manager of the center.

Though sometimes they go unnoticed, mushrooms and fungi play vitally important roles in nature and to humans, Turner said.

MDC: Invasive black carp weren’t supposed to be capable of reproducing, but they are

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Researchers with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) report the first documented evidence of invasive black carp reproduction in the wild in North America. This means big problems for native river species, according to MDC Resource Scientist Quinton Phelps.

“The finding of reproductive-capable black carp means their population will expand possibly unchecked,” Phelps said.

MDC: With caves, what goes down must come up

PERRY COUNTY, Mo. -- While most southeast Missourians endured temperatures of 21 degrees (Fahrenheit) on Feb. 9, there was a place – still in Missouri - with a much warmer temperature of 58 degrees.

MDC Cape Nature Center offers women’s hike

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host a women’s hike at Holly Ridge Conservation Area Saturday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is a chance for local women to get together and spend a day out in nature,” said Jordi Brostoski,  MDC naturalist at the center.

Brostoski said March is a great time to get an early glimpse of spring along the trails.

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