Northwest

MDC stocks hybrid striped bass in new waters

St. Joseph, Mo. – Anglers at some northwest Missouri lakes might find a hard-fighting surprise on the other end of their line. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has stocked hybrid striped bass in several lakes. The stockings are part of an experiment in controlling an over-population of gizzard shad in small lakes, and anglers will also have a new opportunity to catch a specialty fish.

"What's not to like about a fish that will knock a rod out of your hand," said Tory Mason, MDC fisheries biologist.

MDC to host Prairie Days with The Nature Conservancy June 26-27

Eagleville, Mo. – Prairie grasses and wildflowers once waved in summer winds throughout northwest Missouri. Trees grew in scattered groves in the grassland ecosystem along streams and some ridges. But the grasses and wildflowers provided the main food base for bison, elk, prairie chickens and butterflies. Very little prairie remains today after 200 years of settlement and farming greatly changed land uses.

MDC to co-host Prairie Days June 26 & 27 at Dunn Ranch

Eagleville, Mo. – A free Prairie Days event on June 26 and 27 will celebrate Missouri's rich grassland heritage at Dunn Ranch Prairie and Pawnee Prairie Natural Area in Harrison County. Sponsors are the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and other conservation partners.

MDC offers free Wetland Management Field Day June 9 in Carrollton

Carrollton, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free Wetland Management Field Day 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, starting in Carrollton. Attendees will meet at the Carrollton Public Library, 1 North Folger St. The field day will then include trips to nearby wetlands.

MDC seeks public input for Bluffwoods 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 conservation areas and invites public comments.

MDC seeks public input for Poosey Conservation Area plan

Chillicothe, 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 conservation areas and invites public comments.

MDC foresters say 17-year cicadas will raise a racket

Kansas City, Mo. – For 17 years, a particular brood of cicada nymphs tunneled through the soil, sucked sap from roots, and grew from ant-like specks into bumblebee-sized nymphs. They will emerge by the thousands this spring in western Missouri and transform into winged adult insects, with male cicadas raising a raspy racket as they serenade females.

MDC seeks public input for Jamesport Community Lake

Jamesport, 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 conservation areas and invites public comments.

Draft plans for the Jamesport Community Lake in Daviess County will be available for public comment May 1 through May 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

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