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.

MDC: Cape Nature Center offers Nature Art

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center offers a monthly nature art program. The next session is Saturday, March 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., and is all about adding color to nature journals.

“So much of our art is inspired by nature,” said Jamie Koehler, assistant manager of the center. “Our volunteers lead this program and they are both nature experts and phenomenal artists. They’ll showcase how to use water colors in journaling to add color.”

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts annual Native Plant Seminar March 12

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – When landscapers decide to grow native, native plants can be difficult to find. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Cape Girardeau County Master Gardeners will host the eleventh annual Native Plant and Garden Seminar Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MDC Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. This event is designed to help well-intentioned gardeners and landscapers find what they need.

MDC: Two hunter education skills sessions set for Southeast Missouri’s new hunters

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer skills sessions Feb. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m., and March 10, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.
Hunter education is required to buy a firearms hunting permit in Missouri for any hunter born on or after Jan. 1, 1967. Hunters must complete step one, a knowledge portion, and step two, a skills session, in order to become hunter education certified. Either of these two scheduled skills sessions will meet the step two requirement.

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.”


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