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MDC offers free prescribed burn workshop March 19

Cameron, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free prescribed burn workshop at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Pony Express Conservation Area northwest of Cameron. Prescribed fire is an effective way to manage vegetation for better cattle forage and improved wildlife habitat.

MDC welcomes volunteers for Smithville Lake FISH Day

Smithville, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) welcomes volunteers who would like to help install brush piles in Smithville Lake to enhance fish habitat. MDC and partners will hold the 5th Annual FISH Day starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 24. FISH stands for Friends Involved with Smithville Habitat.

MDC seeks public input for Honey Creek Conservation Area

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for the Honey Creek Conservation Area in Andrew County.

MDC offers free prescribed burn workshops in NW Missouri

Chillicothe, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer free prescribed fire workshops at two northwest Missouri locations on March 26 and April 2. Prescribed fire is a useful tool for managing vegetation in grasslands and woodlands, and careful use of fire can also benefit wildlife habitat.

MDC offers winter trout fishing in St. Joseph

St. Joseph, Mo. – Starting Feb. 1, anglers may keep trout caught at Everyday Pond in St. Joseph. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) stocked the trout last fall to give anglers an additional winter fishing opportunity. Only catch-and-release fishing is allowed in the opening months. But the catch-and-keep season opens Feb. 1.

MDC last autumn stocked 800 rainbow trout in Everyday Pond, which is on the north side of the Missouri Western State College Campus. Also stocked were 12 brood fish, lunker trout, from MDC's Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery.

MDC to host waterfowl season workshops in NW Missouri

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to upcoming public workshops where Department staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2017-2020 hunting seasons. Two workshops are upcoming in northwest Missouri.

A waterfowl season workshop is scheduled 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the MDC Northwest Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Drive, in St. Joseph. The office is on the campus of Missouri Western State University. For information, call 816-271-3100.

MDC cancels Jan. 30 ice fishing workshop

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has cancelled a scheduled ice fishing workshop for Saturday, Jan. 30, at Happy Holler Lake Conservation Area in Andrew County. This workshop is dependent on weather conditions. Warm temperatures forecasted by the National Weather Service could create poor ice conditions for anglers at the northwest Missouri lake.

MDC will reschedule the workshop at a later date if weather conditions create safe ice, said Tory Mason, MDC fisheries management biologist.

Event Cancelled: MDC to offer free ice fishing workshop Jan. 30

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free ice fishing workshop 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Happy Holler Lake Conservation Area. This workshop is dependent on weather conditions and will be canceled if ice conditions are not favorable or if temperatures are too cold.

MDC offers fly-tying course in St. Joseph

St. Joseph, Mo. – When winter winds howl, some anglers remember summer by making their own lures for fishing with fly rods. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a series of free fly-tying classes 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, starting Jan. 7 and ending Feb. 4, at the MDC Northwest Regional Office.

MDC helps host 37th annual Eagle Days at Squaw Creek

Mound City, Mo. – Bald eagles and waterfowl have migrated to wetlands in the Missouri River bottoms for thousands of years. It's an ancient pageant that often includes huge snow geese flocks squawking as they arise from the marsh, ducks loafing in flotillas atop the water and eagles peering from perches in tall trees. People who enjoy nature and value conservation will celebrate the 37th annual Eagle Days at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6.

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