MDC seeking public input on changes for smallmouth and rock bass

FARMINGTON, Mo. – Smallmouth bass and rock bass -- also called goggle eye -- are very popular with anglers on Missouri's Ozark streams. However, research by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that both species grow slowly and that many do not reach a quality size before dying from natural causes or being caught by anglers.

MDC provides accessible duck blind at Duck Creek for hunters with disabilities

PUXICO, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has installed a new accessible hunting blind at Duck Creek Conservation Area (CA) for waterfowl hunters with disabilities. The blind, which is ready for use in the upcoming waterfowl seasons, is a final piece of renovations to the area.

"We want to help all people discover nature and this accessible duck blind is part of making that happen," said Keith Cordell, manager of Duck Creek CA.

MDC offers Effective Wingshooting workshop in Southeast Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will present an Effective Wingshooting workshop Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Duck Creek Conservation Area.

"One complaint from hunters is that their shooting skills are inconsistent but they can't determine the cause," said Dee Dee Dockins, MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist.

MDC Weird Science: Cape Nature Center snake gives virgin births

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center reports a resident female yellow-bellied watersnake at the Center is likely reproducing without contribution from a male. Intern Kyle Morton, who cares for the snakes at the Center, didn't know what he was looking at when he went to clean the snake's cage one morning.

"I thought, 'what joker put tomatoes in here for the snake'," Morton said.

Cape Girardeau County welcomes new conservation agent

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – There's a new face of conservation in Cape Girardeau County. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Ben Stratton is the new conservation agent for the county.

"Ben is a natural fit since he's from the county and knows it well," said Russell Duckworth, MDC Protection District Supervisor. "He's got a great reputation throughout our region and we continue to expect great things out of him."

MDC: Day on the River is Sept. 12

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. –The mighty Mississippi River is the focal point of Cape Girardeau, yet many locals have never actually explored it by boat. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) aims to remedy that with Day on the River, an annual event where people of all ages are invited to tour the river with conservation biologists and naturalists Saturday, Sep. 12. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park in downtown Cape Girardeau with activities throughout the day.

MDC seeks experienced anglers to share fishing knowledge with others

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) fisheries biologists in Cape Girardeau are looking for a few good anglers to share their knowledge and love of nature. MDC Fisheries biologists Salvador Mondragon and Kamaria Pearson run the MDC's Discover Nature -- Fishing (DNF) program that aims to reel in future anglers.

Agencies work together to host Family Farm and Forest Landowner Field Day near Eminence

EMINENCE, Mo. -- A Family Farm and Forest Landowner Field Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crystal Creek Ranch, located west of Eminence. The event is free and open to the public with family-friendly activities and a free BBQ lunch. The purpose of the event is to show landowners how to support the health and wealth of family farms and forests.

MDC leads 63 floaters on ‘mild’ Mississippi

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) naturalists, biologists, and experienced river guide, Dave Hardesty, led a group of 63 people in the "Floatin' on the River" event this weekend. After a Friday evening orientation participants took to the waters of the Mississippi River Saturday morning in kayaks and canoes for a 14-mile float downstream. The group leisurely stopped halfway at a sandbar for lunch before drifting downstream the rest of the way.

Cape Nature Center hosts Voices of Missouri’s Rivers author

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – William Turner, author of Voices of Missouri's Rivers, will share the background behind his book at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m.

"Our rivers are a vital part of our natural landscape," said Jamie Koehler, assistant nature center manager. "We live right next to them, yet sometimes we know very little about them. This book helps us to understand Missouri's rivers on a deeper level."


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