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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. 

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:

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