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.

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.


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