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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. 

MDC offers youth frog gigging clinic Aug. 5 at BK Leach

Elsberry, Mo.—Frog gigging is a summer activity that goes back generations.  To give today’s kids a chance to discover this classic pastime, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a Discover Nature—Youth Frog Gigging Clinic Friday, Aug. 5.  It will take place at BK Leach Memorial Conservation Area from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.  It is open to youths age 11 to 15.  All youths attending must be accompanied by an adult mentor.  Frog gigging is the perfect excuse to stay out late on a warm summer night. 

Registration for reallocation of Upper Mississippi waterfowl blind sites opens July 5

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The drawing for the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area Waterfowl Blind Drawing has been completed and relinquished blind sites are now available for reallocation.  Waterfowl hunters have the opportunity to register online for the reallocation drawing starting July 5.  Registration closes July 11 and the drawing will be held on July 12.

There are three blinds that are available for reallocation.  They include:

MDC offers bow frogging class in St. Charles County July 8

St.  CHARLES, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) would like to acquaint frog hunters with a new way to pursue their game.  But there are some strings attached — bowstrings.

New MDC program offers landowners payments to let public use their land for outdoor recreation

St. LOUIS, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) works with and for landowners to improve outdoor access for all Missourians.  A new tool MDC has developed to do this is the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP).

MRAP is a cooperative effort between MDC and willing landowners to offer portions of private land for public access to hunt, fish or view wildlife, while at the same time financially benefitting the landowner.

MDC holds Learn to Deer Hunt Open House at Jay Henges Shooting Range July 12

HIGH RIDGE, Mo.—If you’d like to join the rich heritage of deer hunting in Missouri but don’t know where to begin, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has the perfect opportunity this July.

MDC presents the Learn to Deer Hunt Open House Tuesday, July 12 at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in High Ridge.  The event will run from 6-8 p.m. and will offer the chance for visitors to drop by any time during the two hours to speak with MDC experts on a number of aspects about hunting.  The open house is free and open to the public.

Florissant couple receives national Volunteer Hunter Education Hall of Fame Award

FLORISSANT, Mo. — Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish, and people like Jim and Peggy Ragland make it a safer place to hunt. The Raglands are volunteer instructors for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Hunter Education Program (HED).  Recently, they received national recognition for their service.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center debuts new video wall and sound system

KIRKWOOD, Mo.—What might be the next best thing to discovering nature outdoors?  Perhaps experiencing it on a larger-than-life video wall at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center.

The nature center has recently completed an extensive audio-visual upgrade in their 250-seat auditorium.  The main attraction is a video wall comprised of nine 55-inch LED screens that link together to create one giant image.  The video display is 4K resolution and capable of bringing nature to life in an immersive way.

MDC partners with QDMA to hold deer management workshop in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is working with landowners to hold a Deer and Food Plot Management Workshop 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at New Haven Farm and Feed.  The workshop is free and open to anyone who owns property and wants to improve their land to attract more wildlife.

The workshop is cooperative effort between MDC and the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). QDMA is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and the heritage of hunting.

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