MDC tracking Grand River Grassland prairie chickens

Eagleville, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists are using radio telemetry to monitor 20 female prairie chickens released this spring at Dunn Ranch in Harrison County. Those hens and 19 males were trapped in east-central Nebraska and released in an effort to restore an iconic prairie species in northwest Missouri. The releases are part of a broad partnership with public agencies, non-profit groups and private landowners to improve plant, fish and wildlife diversity in a focus area called the Grand River Grasslands.

MDC to co-host prescribed burn association meeting

Chillicothe, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Quail Forever will host an informational meeting for landowners on benefits from a prescribed burn association at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the Mildred B. Litton Building, LIV 235, near Chillicothe. A prescribed burn association is an organized group of landowners that work together to conduct prescribed burns that improve quality for grasslands and woodlands.

MDC to host prescribed burn workshop in Grundy County

Trenton, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a prescribed fire workshop at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the enclosed shelter house at Crowder State Park. Prescribed burns use fire as a tool to help manage unwanted vegetation, increase cattle forage and boost native plants that benefit wildlife.

The workshop is free. Pre-registration is required by April 8. Contact Scott Roy at 660-359-5685, ext. 114. Materials, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

MDC seeks input for Riverbreaks area management plan

Oregon, 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. A draft plan for the Riverbreaks Conservation Area in Holt County in northwest Missouri will be available for public comment from March 1 through March 31.

To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit

MDC teaches angling skills with Discover Nature Fishing

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers classes to help kids and families gain angling skills and confidence. MDC's free Discover Nature ̶ Fishing Program teaches participants about tackle, methods and where to go to catch fish.

MDC to host deer management workshop in Jamesport

Jamesport, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free whitetail deer management workshop 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7, at the A.V. Spillman Event Center, 308 Broadway St. in Jamesport. Topics are designed to educate property managers about white-tail deer and how land management can improve deer quality and quantity.

MDC seeks volunteers for pallid sturgeon sampling in St. Joe area

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) seeks volunteers to help with pallid sturgeon collection on the Missouri River near St. Joseph. The pallid sturgeon is a primitive fish that swam when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. They are an endangered species. MDC biologists are doing fish population studies on the river, and any wild pallid sturgeon collected are taken to fish hatcheries and provide brood stock for spawning. Hatchery-reared pallids will be released in the river.

MDC hosts prescribed fire workshop at Chillicothe

Chillicothe, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a workshop on using prescribed fire to improve grasslands and benefit wildlife habitat at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Mildred Litton Community Center, 10780 LIV 235, near Chillicothe. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required by Jan. 28.


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