MDC: Meet monkey face, pig toe, and heel splitter at Mussel Mania event

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Monkey face, pig toe, and heel splitter sound like silly names, but those who attend Mussel Mania with the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will find they're actual names of some of Missouri's native mussels. Pistol grip, three ridge, warty back, and pimple back are other types of mussels that can be found here.

MDC: Girls discover nature at Camp SEMO

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Twenty-two 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.

Cox said girls attended from across the region, coming from Jackson, Caruthersville, Lounds, East Prairie, Poplar Bluff and Greenville.

MDC confirms Perryville nuisance bear euthanized

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirms that a black bear was euthanized by local law enforcement Sunday in Perryville. According to MDC Wildlife Regional Supervisor Matt Bowyer, this was a situational call by local law enforcement.

MDC personnel were notified of sightings of the bear Friday, but at that time the bear was not inside the city limits and was not causing any disturbance. Sunday morning, the bear was reported moving through the town.

MDC to hold workshop in Park Hills on prescribed fire as land, wildlife management tool

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Landowners can learn to use prescribed fire as a land management tool at a Prescribed Fire Workshop presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Mineral Area College in Park Hills. This workshop will be given two different times to provide landowners a better opportunity to attend. The first will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and the second from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

MDC offers frog gigging clinic in Mississippi County

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites families to discover nature at a frog gigging clinic from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 11, at Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area. The clinic is free and open to youth ages 7 to 17 and their parent or adult mentor. Preregistration is required by July 6.

"Frog gigging, or frogging, is a great way to enjoy Missouri's fish, forests, and wildlife while putting good food on the table," said Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead.

Sign up now to trotline for catfish on the Mississippi River

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a catfishing clinic, Trotlining for Catfish on the Mississippi River, scheduled for Aug. 13-15. This free course, part of the MDC's Angler Recruitment Initiative, is designed to provide local anglers with information and skills needed to safely navigate and fish the mighty Mississippi.

"The Mississippi River is probably one of the best, yet overlooked, opportunities for catfishing in Missouri," said Dave Knuth, MDC Fisheries Management Biologist.

MDC seeks public input for Wappapello and Clearwater Management Lands

CAPE GIRARDEAU, 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 offers Free Fishing Days, fishing programs in coordination with Father’s Day

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces several opportunities to enjoy fishing in June, which provides opportunity to celebrate Father's Day outdoors. Missouri's annual free fishing weekend is June 6 and 7, which allows Missourians a chance to try fishing without purchasing a permit first. The annual Free Fishing Days give everyone the chance to fish in state waters without a permit, trout permit or prescribed area daily tag during those days.

2015 Wappapello Lake and Clearwater Lake Management Lands

Wappapello Lake (1,880 acres) and Clearwater Lake Management Lands (12,659 acres) provide wildlife with quality habitat. Emphasis is placed on the management of upland habitat. Aquatic resources are managed to maximize recreational sport fishing opportunities. Wappapello Lake Management Lands includes six parking areas and 4.2 miles of multi-use trails for public use. Clearwater Lake Management Lands includes four concrete boat ramps and 12 parking areas for public use.

MDC Cape Nature Center offers naturalist training camps for children

Registration will open May 15 for the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Naturalist Training Camps at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Ages seven to 11 are invited to see if they could handle being a naturalist.

Sara Turner, manager of the center, said MDC naturalists will lead the children as they learn about unique habitats and experience the natural world through a new perspective.

"Summer is a time when children can truly connect with the outdoors," Turner said. "These camps are all about helping them to discover nature."


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