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MDC offers Youth Basic Rifle Marksmanship course

The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host a Youth Basic Rifle Marksmanship course for ages 11 to 15 June 8 and 9.

"This is a hands-on opportunity for these young hunters to expand their learning from the Hunter Education classroom to the range and the field," said DeeDee Dockins, MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist.

Hunter Education certification is a prerequisite for anyone attending this course, she said.

Thirteen-year periodical Cicadas expected to ring in noisy southeast Missouri summer

This summer may be a noisy one throughout parts of Southeast Missouri according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). A brood of 13-year cicadas (Brood XXIII) that extends from Illinois to Louisiana will emerge in southeastern Missouri in mid-May.

Periodical cicadas pose no threat to people and minimal threats to trees. But early summer will be abuzz with sound where cicadas emerge, said Rob Lawrence, forest entomologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

"In some places they make a pretty loud noise," Lawrence said.

MDC: Cape’s Nature Center offers Family Skills Sampler

Families will have a chance to try out a variety of outdoor activities at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a Family Skills Sampler event at the center Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MDC offers Woodland Field Day Workshop in Ironton

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Woodland Field Day Workshop Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Ironton.

"We'll visit with a local landowner and tour his woodland acres," said Julie Norris, MDC Private Land Conservationist. "This will be a great opportunity to learn about wildflower identification, controlled burn benefits for wildlife habitat and proper timber thinning."

MDC’s Cape Nature Center program to focus on ticks and chiggers

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is certainly true when it comes to dealing with ticks and chiggers in the warm summer months. Itchy bites can diminish the fun at what would otherwise be some of the most fondly remembered outdoor adventures. Make sure these insects don't crash your good time by heading to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center event, Nature Center at Night: Ticks and Chiggers. The free program is 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14.

MDC: Cape Nature Center celebrates 10 years serving southeast Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Sara Turner, the manager of the center said the celebration will get started with a free outdoor concert by Wildheart Friday, May 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. Celebrations will continue Saturday, May 2, with an event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where the community can sample outdoor skills and activities such as archery, canoeing, nature art, native plant gardening and wildlife identification.

MDC: Now’s the time to put out hummingbird feeders

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Ruby throated hummingbirds are returning to Missouri this month. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the best time to put up hummingbird feeders in Missouri is the third week of April. For those who enjoy watching the energetic birds, the best way to keep them around is to have food ready for them when they arrive.

Celebrate 10 years of MDC Cape Girardeau Nature Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center invites the public to celebrate its 10-year anniversary of helping people discover nature on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2.

MDC Cape Nature Center event to feature live raptors, bird fun, facts and tips

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- From hummingbirds that weigh less than a number-two pencil to bald eagles that build nests weighing two tons, Missouri is full of interesting bird species. Fun facts, feeding tips, and species differences will be explored at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center's upcoming event, Flights of Fancy, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

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