Missouri Department of Conservation http://mdc.mo.gov/feeds/9274/rss.xml en Keeping Missouri's Bears Wild http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/keeping-missouris-bears-wild <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wyatt Layman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bear sightings are becoming more and more common across the state. Find out how you can keep yourself, and the bears, safe from harm.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><h3><span>A Mutual Curiosity</span></h3> <p>I saw my first bear in the wild about two years ago. I was en route to Current River Conservation Area from Peck Ranch Conservation Area while doing some work on the elk restoration project when a male black bear crossed the highway in front of me. I was able to safely pull over onto the opposite side of the highway from the direction the bear was heading and look into the woods for him.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/keeping-missouris-bears-wild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/keeping-missouris-bears-wild#comments Education bear nuisance wildlife Ozark Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:21:51 +0000 laymaw 30901 at http://mdc.mo.gov Memorial Day Fun in the Woods and Water http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/memorial-day-fun-woods-and-water <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skyler Bockman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of bass season in Ozark streams, and squirrel season statewide.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spring is in the air and with rainy forecasts and turkey season wrapped up, many are looking forward to summer fun. Like most, for me the summer truly begins on Memorial Day weekend. Not only because of the significance of the holiday and what it means for our great nation, but also because it marks the beginning of our statewide squirrel season and bass season in Ozark streams.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/memorial-day-fun-woods-and-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/memorial-day-fun-woods-and-water#comments Fishing bass fishing hunting squirrel Ozark Summer Sat, 30 May 2015 16:48:12 +0000 laymaw 30861 at http://mdc.mo.gov Heritage Day Event Makes Memories http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/heritage-day-event-makes-memories <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author-alt"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AJ Hendershott </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On Saturday, April 11, Twin Pines will be bustling with turn-of-the-century presenters of traditional Ozarks crafts and traditions, all with deep ties to the area's fish, forest, and wildlife.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><h3><span>Tradition in the Making</span></h3> <p>As a child I watched a gentleman dressed in clothes from another century make a wooden bowl out of a block of walnut.&nbsp; I don’t recall his name or his face.&nbsp; In fact, I can’t recall much of what he said.&nbsp; What I do remember with clarity was the graceful and nimble way his fingers manipulated chisels to drive wood chips from just the right places.&nbsp; He was a marvel in my eyes back then.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> Conservation pays by enriching our economy and quality of life. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/heritage-day-event-makes-memories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/heritage-day-event-makes-memories#comments Discover Nature heritage day twin pines Ozark Spring Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:59:38 +0000 laymaw 30489 at http://mdc.mo.gov Shooting Towards Spring http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/shooting-towards-spring <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wyatt Layman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Archery is sometimes thought of as a fall sport, in conjunction with archery season for deer, but recreational archery makes for a great activity to get you out of doors and enjoying the beautiful spring weather.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><h3><span>Spring has Sprung</span></h3> <p>Our archery range sits just behind the nature center here at Twin Pines. It’s down a path that takes you through native flower beds and past an early 20<sup>th</sup> century schoolhouse, a relic of the timber boom in the area. It’s a path that we walk nearly every morning while we’re opening the facility, but the archery range has sat unused for the most part through the bitter cold months of winter.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We help people discover nature. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/shooting-towards-spring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/shooting-towards-spring#comments Discover Nature archery MoNASP Twin Pines Conservation Education Center Ozark Spring Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:08:59 +0000 laymaw 30353 at http://mdc.mo.gov Discover Nature Fishing at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/discover-nature-fishing-twin-pines-conservation-education-center <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skyler Bockman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author-alt"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Liz Siepker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Twin Pines Conservation Education Center to hold Discover Nature Fishing Clinics</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><h3><span>Free, hands-on fishing instruction for kids and families</span></h3> <p>Fishing is a great way for kids and families to have fun outdoors, learn about conservation, and make happy memories together. Our Discover Nature — Fishing Program helps kids and their families gain the skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. Don't let inexperience keep you and your kids from enjoying Missouri's great outdoors.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We help people discover nature. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-external-links"> <div class="field-label">External Links:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/external/american-sportfishing-association-newsroom">American Sportfishing Association: Newsroom</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/discover-nature-fishing-twin-pines-conservation-education-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/discover-nature-fishing-twin-pines-conservation-education-center#comments Fishing DN Fishing Mule Camp Pond Ozark Summer Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:14:21 +0000 cardem 28404 at http://mdc.mo.gov Late Season Hunt “Spurs” Conservation Thoughts http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/late-season-hunt-spurs-conservation-thoughts <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skyler Bockman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spring brings new sights and experiences, especially for one naturalist’s early morning turkey hunt.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>This spring has found us very busy here at Twin Pines. After the hard winter we endured in the Ozarks, the promise of nice weather has brought folks out in droves. Taking a look at our calendar, I noticed a slot open for Wednesday morning of the second week in Turkey Season. With an “okay” from my manager, I penciled in a quick morning hunt.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/late-season-hunt-spurs-conservation-thoughts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/late-season-hunt-spurs-conservation-thoughts#comments Hunting / Trapping hunting predation spring spring turkey hunting turkey Ozark Spring Thu, 01 May 2014 20:58:27 +0000 cardem 27981 at http://mdc.mo.gov Don't Wait Till You See the Whites of Their Eyes http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/dont-wait-till-you-see-whites-their-eyes <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melanie Carden-Jessen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spring turkey season is just around the corner. If getting hunter education certified in on your list of things to do before the season starts you have several options except putting it off!</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>When a school closes for a week for deer season, that makes a statement. Hunting is a big part of our world here in Shannon County. Unfortunately, too many folks wait till the last minute to get hunter education certified. Since the hunter education program has been revised, it is easier than ever to get certified, but you still need to register and plan ahead.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/dont-wait-till-you-see-whites-their-eyes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/dont-wait-till-you-see-whites-their-eyes#comments Hunting / Trapping hunter education Ozarks twin pines Ozark Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:08:25 +0000 cardem 27323 at http://mdc.mo.gov Nature’s Night Shift http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/nature-s-night-shift <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melanie Carden-Jessen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When the sun goes down another shift comes on out in the woods. Learn how nocturnals are worthy of fascination not fear.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One of the best hikes I ever led was at night at the Jerry Presley Conservation Education Center in early September.&nbsp; We had just started out on the hike and noticed lights crawling in and out of the grass.&nbsp; While we had our flashlights trained at the ground investigating what turned out to be glow worms, an eft stage newt crossed under our beam of light.&nbsp; And the night only got better from there!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We help people discover nature. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/nature-s-night-shift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/nature-s-night-shift#comments Discover Nature Twin Pines Conservation Education Center Ozark Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:33:47 +0000 cardem 27257 at http://mdc.mo.gov But I Don't Want It Under My Porch... http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/i-dont-want-it-under-my-porch <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melanie Carden-Jessen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wildlife can be fascinating to observe, but when nature gets a little too close, you have to think like a critter to solve the problem.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The fact that you are reading this blog means you like nature. Your outdoor interests may vary but one thing many of us have in common is that we enjoy watching wildlife. Watching birds, deer, turkey, and yes, even opossums and skunks, fascinates us. The way they gather food, find shelter and frankly just survive is entertaining and intriguing. Another fact I am relatively sure of is that we don’t want these animals making our homes their homes.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We help people discover nature. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/i-dont-want-it-under-my-porch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/i-dont-want-it-under-my-porch#comments General Info Twin Pines Conservation Education Center wildlife damage Ozark Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:26:42 +0000 cardem 27161 at http://mdc.mo.gov Volunteer Orientation Set at Twin Pines http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/volunteer-orientation-set-twin-pines <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Melanie Carden-Jessen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spend a Saturday to see if volunteering for MDC is right for you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Volunteers contribute in a variety of ways including programs, youth fishing clinics, archery programs, information desk, program preparation, prop construction, event planning, gift shop sales, landscaping and much more. If you have talents you are willing to share that help other Missourians discover nature, you are encouraged to attend. If you can help out each week or just at the larger events such as Heritage Day, every volunteer is important to the success of the Center.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We help people discover nature. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/volunteer-orientation-set-twin-pines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/pine-needle/volunteer-orientation-set-twin-pines#comments Discover Nature Ozarks Twin Pines Conservation Education Center volunteer Ozark Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:41:58 +0000 cardem 26983 at http://mdc.mo.gov