MDC: Experts share wildlife habitat tips at month-long seminar

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a free month-long Wildlife Seminar open to the public. MDC biologists will host a session every Tuesday evening in January from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Mineral Area College.

Topics will range from how to improve wildlife habitat on private property to updates on Missouri elk, black bear, quail and turkey populations, native landscaping and song bird identification.

MDC seeks public input for three southeast conservation areas

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments.

MDC: Report all sightings of feral hogs to promote eradication

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) continues to work with legislators, community groups, partner agencies and landowners to grow awareness about and eradicate feral hogs from the landscape. MDC has learned from other states, and through trends in Missouri, that hunting does not help to eradicate hogs and results in expanding populations. Feral hog eradication efforts have increased this year through trapping and citizens are asked to report feral hog sightings or damage as soon as possible.

MDC: Cape Nature Center gallery display celebrates attention to detail

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – A new nature-themed art display graces the walls of The Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Nature Center each month. For December, the display is a collection of photographs titled, "Oh, what beautiful things you'll see" by Bridget Jackson, an MDC education consultant.

Jackson isn't a professional photographer. She took up the hobby about five years ago. However, she hopes her images will encourage others to unplug in nature and take a deeper look at the natural world.

MDC: Celebrate the holidays with help from the Cape Nature Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – As the seasons change and the holidays approach, the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has incorporated holiday themed events into their program schedule.

"Many natural items accentuate traditional holiday decorations, such as Christmas trees, wreaths and popular centerpieces," said Sara Turner, manager of the nature center. "We like to take that even further with ornaments, cards and gifts that highlight nature and are eco-friendly."

MDC: Blue crab surprises researchers during Mississippi River fish sampling

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – A blue crab recently surprised resource scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) during fish sampling on the Mississippi River. The fish sampling was part of a statewide paddlefish research project which is checking the quality of sport fish in Missouri's large rivers, tributaries and lakes. The researchers are looking for quality, self-sustaining wild populations of paddlefish to ensure harvest opportunities for both sport and commercial fishing.

Natural factors causing trout die-off at Shepherd of the Hills

An unfortunate combination of late-autumn water conditions has caused a die-off of trout at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery.

MDC’s Cape Nature Center hosts evening elk program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Elk will be the focus of the November Nature Center at Night event at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center Nov. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. Elk were restored to the Missouri Ozarks in 2011, so it's important for Missourians to learn how biologists are managing the herd, according to MDC naturalist Angela Pierce.

"We're proud to have brought elk back to our state," said Pierce. "We'll learn all about elk and talk about how our population is doing."

MDC Cape Nature Center offers Dutch Oven Cooking program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Because cold weather and warm food go hand-in-hand, the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host Dutch Oven Cooking Nov. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This free beginner's course is designed to cover basic techniques for successful outdoor cooking using cast iron.

MDC: Managed deer hunt makes hunting possible for disabled hunters

WAPPAPELLO, Mo. – Deer season is an exciting time for Missouri hunters. But for those who are mobility impaired, it can be a frustrating time when it's difficult - or sometimes impossible - to participate in the hunt. This is why the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Wild Turkey Federation work together to host the annual mobility impaired managed deer hunt at Wappapello.


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