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2015 Cicadas

2015 Cicadas

Striking red eyes and blackish bodies distinguish periodical cicadas from annual cicadas, which have greenish bodies, dark eyes, and are slightly larger at about two inches long.

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2015 Lake Sturgeon

2015 Lake Sturgeon

Lake sturgeon have long cylindrical bodies and are typically brown on the head and back with white on the underside. They have hard, bony plates called scutes on their back and sides. These river giants can reach lengths of eight feet, weigh as much as 300 pounds, and live for more than 100 years.

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2015 Poached Elk

2015 Poached Elk

This dead bull elk was recently found Dec. 29 along the Current River in Shannon County. It appeared to have been shot and the skull plate and antlers were removed with a chainsaw. MDC asks the public to report any related information to its Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

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2015 Turkey Research

2015 Turkey Research

In 2015, MDC continued a five-year wild-turkey research project to monitor populations in several counties across northeast Missouri. This research will help determine turkey survival and hunting pressure and help with future management decisions.

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2015 Watersnake Virgin Birth

2015 Watersnake Virgin Birth

This female yellow-bellied watersnake at the MDC Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center made international news when she gave birth without contribution from a male.

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2016 Arbor Award

Shaun Smith (center), an arborist for Springfield Public Schools, displays the 2016 Missouri Arbor Award won by the school district. Smith is pictured with Casey Jo Kellner (left) of the Missouri Community Forestry Council and Lisa Allen, Forestry Division Chief for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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2016 Spring Turkey Season

The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 9-10. The regular spring season runs April 18 through May 8.

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