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MDC: Help band hummingbirds at Cape Nature Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – It's nearly time for ruby-throated hummingbirds to depart on their annual fall migration to Central America. Before these tiny birds leave the area, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host a hummingbird banding event on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. Doors will open at 8 a.m. with banding beginning shortly after.

MDC: Cape Nature Center hosts ‘Feeding Frenzy’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center invites the public to view live feedings of the center's resident reptiles, amphibians and fish on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

"A lot of people ask us what the feeding routine is for our resident animal educators," said Sara Turner, the Nature Center Manager. "Watching how the animals eat can help people understand what they need in their natural habitat and gain a better understanding of the different animal species."

MDC: Small acres can be a big help for wildlife

DEXTER, Mo. -- It doesn't take a lot of land to have a big impact on local wildlife populations according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Though the words "wildlife habitat" may bring to mind vast forests, tall timber and massive wetlands, MDC Private Lands Conservationist Kara McSpadden says setting aside low production areas such as field borders can make a big difference for wildlife.

"Small areas such as pivot corners and field borders are good places for farmers to develop habitat for quail, rabbits and even deer," McSpadden said.

MDC: Bird surveys show increase of quail in southeast Missouri focus area

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently completed spring breeding bird surveys in Scott County and the results showed increased numbers of Bobwhite quail. These surveys were conducted within the Scott County Quail Focus Area as well as outside the focus area. Within the focus area with improved grassland habitat, 217 birds were heard and 56 of those were Bobwhite quail, which was the emphasis of the study. The 56 quail that were heard is an increase from the 44 quail counted in 2014 and 17 quail counted in 2013.

MDC workshop shows 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: Explore the Mighty Mississippi River with the Cape Nature Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – From Ste. Genevieve County to Pemiscot County, Missouri's southeast region touches about 250 miles of the Mississippi River. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missourians to learn more about the river at several upcoming events hosted by the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

MDC: Federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly found on new site

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a new site where the federally endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly is found. This marks the 20th site in Missouri known to be habitat for the imperiled bug. Landowner Gregg Hohl said finding the Hine's emerald dragonfly on his land verifies that he did the right thing when he bought it in 2013.

"I bought this property with the intention of preserving wildlife and to have a place where we could take our kids and enjoy nature," Hohl said.

MDC: Cape Nature Center teaches campfire cooking

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a campfire cooking program, Saturday, July 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

"We strive to help people discover nature through all kinds of outdoor skills and activities," said Jamie Koehler, assistant manager of the center. "Cooking at the campfire is a necessary skill for anyone who wants to enjoy camping, not to mention everything cooked over a campfire just tastes better."

Conservation agents make drug arrests at Amidon Memorial Conservation Area

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Missouri Conservation agents made several arrests over the July 4 holiday weekend for illegal drug use at Amidon Memorial Conservation Area (CA). According to Conservation Agent Grant Gelly, there were nine citations issued by the agents for illegal drug use on the area and three for littering.

"We work hard to ensure citizens have clean, safe conservation areas to use," Gelly said. "Individuals who think these areas are there to use for illegal activities are mistaken and we'll be sure to be out there waiting for them."

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