Want to be a Conservation Agent with MDC?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting online applications through Aug. 29 for its next class of conservation agent trainees. Selected candidates will undergo 26 weeks of intense training in all facets of law enforcement and resource management.

Those who make the grade will receive county assignments and become the face of conservation in their assigned communities – enforcing the Wildlife Code of Missouri and helping the public with issues such as nuisance wildlife and land management.

MDC offers revised “Wild Mammals of Missouri” reference book

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering for sale a newly revised, third-edition of the popular “The Wild Mammals of Missouri” reference book by Charles and Elizabeth Schwartz.

MDC awards $338,490 in grants to 156 fire departments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces grant awards totaling $338,490 to 156 rural fire departments in Missouri as part of the Department’s annual Volunteer Fire Assistance Matching Grant Program. The grants help these small-town, mostly volunteer fire departments buy personal protective gear and firefighting equipment.

Katydids join July summer symphony

JEFFERSON CTY, Mo. – Joining in the July chorus of cicadas, crickets, and frogs this summer are katydids. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to discover nature by learning more about Missouri’s loudest insect.

Katydids are a type of grasshopper. Their bodies have long slender legs, large, veined wings and antennae that are twice as long as most grasshoppers. Some call them long-horned grasshoppers because of their antennae.

Harrisonville angler catches state-record white crappie

CASS COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Austin Campbell of Harrisonville became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a white crappie in a Cass County irrigation pond on a trotline. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Campbell on May 23 weighed 2-pounds, 1-ounce with a length of 15 1/2 inches. Campbell’s recent catch broke the previous state-record of a 1-pound, 5-ounce white crappie caught on a trotline in May this year.

122 MoNASP student archers compete in 2016 World Archery Tournament

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The National Archery in the Schools (NASP) World Tournament and 3D Challenge were held June 23-26 at Myrtle Beach, SC. More than 2,100 student archers in grades 4-12 from 271 schools in three countries competed – including 121 Missouri students from 10 schools.

The following Missouri students placed in the top 10 of the NASP World Tournament:

Cicadas begin their summer sounds in July

JEFFERSON CTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to discover nature this summer by learning more about cicadas. There are two types of cicadas, annual and periodical. As their names suggest, annual cicadas make an appearance every summer in July, whereas periodical cicadas emerge in 13 and 17-year cycles in late May.

Annual cicadas have dark eyes and greenish bodies, unlike the slightly smaller periodicals which have red eyes and blackish bodies.

MDC encourages campers to buy firewood where they plan to burn it!

JEFFERSON CTY, Mo. – For many Missourians, summer means float trips, camping, and spending lots of time outdoors. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people not to move firewood. Don’t give tree-killing insects and diseases rides to favorite camping locations. Instead, buy firewood at or near the camping destination.

Invasive, tree-killing pests can hitchhike in firewood, moving much farther with campers in a single weekend than they could in years on their own.

MDC reminds people in the outdoors to celebrate safely!

JEFFERSON CITY Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people in the outdoors to be extremely careful with fireworks, campfires, and other sources of fire that could cause a wildfire.


MDC: Girls discover nature at Camp SEMO

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Thirty-eight girls from across southeast Missouri took part in the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Discover Nature Girls Camp this week at Camp SEMO at Wappapello Lake. According to the camp organizer, Conservation Agent Christa Cox, the camp was a free, three-day, two-night experience aimed at introducing girls ages 11 to 15 to outdoor skills in a supportive learning environment.


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