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MDC confirms sightings of Pokémon at Busch Conservation Area and Powder Valley Nature Center

ST. CHARLES, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced today that sightings of the rare and virtual animals known as Pokémon (Pokémon digitalis) have been confirmed on both Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood and the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. The digitally-created creatures are generating a stir as the objects of the popular mobile device, scavenger hunt game, Pokémon Go.

Wright City resident honored as Missouri’s top bowhunter education instructor

WRIGHT CITY, Mo.— Hundreds of dedicated volunteer instructors across Missouri give their time, effort and expertise to make the success of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Bow Hunter Education (BHE) Program possible. And from among that group, one instructor in the St. Louis area has recently received the state’s top honor.

O’Fallon man honored as Missouri’s top hunter education instructor

O’FALLON, Mo.— Missouri’s hunter education program (HED) is administrated by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and taught statewide by more than 1,400 instructors. Each year, the Department recognizes instructors whose efforts exceed their regular teaching duties. This year, that top honor goes to a St. Louis area instructor.

David Cantoni of O’Fallon was awarded the distinction of being named MDC’s 2015 Missouri State Hunter Education Instructor of the Year.  The award is considered the highest honor among Missouri HED instructors. 

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area now offers free discovery backpacks for loan

SPANISH LAKE, Mo.—Where can you explore a handful of different worlds in one location?  Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is the place and it’s just 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis.  To help with nature explorations, the Columbia Bottom visitor center is now offering discovery backpacks for loan.

MDC to hold youth dove hunt at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Pursuing doves is an excellent way for beginning hunters to discover Missouri’s hunting heritage. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is providing the ideal opportunity for first-time hunters by putting on a managed youth dove hunt and accompanying dove hunting clinic. 

The managed dove hunt will take place at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake, Thursday, Sept. 1, starting at 1 p.m. and goes until sunset.  Sept. 1 is the statewide opening of dove season in Missouri.  The hunt is open to youths ages 11-15. 

MDC, St. Louis Zoo and local teen volunteers help restore federally-endangered beetle

EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo.—Is there a reason to care about a bug that spends most of the time underground and eats dead flesh? 

Conservation experts nation-wide, and 12 St. Louis area high school students, would say yes.

The American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) is the largest of a class of carrion beetles and used to be found in 35 states, including Missouri.  Now federally-endangered, the beetles are struggling to hang on in less than seven states. 

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