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Schools help bash trash through MDC, MoDOT trashcan contest

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) congratulate Tracey Robinson and her PEGS (Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students) class of 14 third, fourth, and fifth graders at Remington Traditional School in Maryland Heights, Shirley Harby and her 12 pre-K and kindergarten class at St. Joseph Catholic School in Martinsburg, and Page Jackson and her 3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students at Immanuel Lutheran School in St.

MDC encourages public to Be Bear Aware this spring

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An estimated 350 black bears call southern Missouri home, and as the spring season gets underway, these magnificent mammals leave their winter dens in search of food. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding Missourians to be proactive and “Be Bear Aware.”

MDC Resource Scientist and Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee said it is imperative that residents remove bear attractants from their property, such as bird feeders, trash, barbeque grills, pet food, and food waste.

Join MDC May 22 at noon for Wild Webcast on Weird Wildlife

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Did you know that Missouri has several species of fish that swam with dinosaurs? That stinging jellyfish swim in Show-Me State lakes? That turkey vultures poop on their own legs to cool off and vulture chicks vomit and spray stomach acid when threatened? That the tiny short-tailed shrew uses venomous spit to paralyze prey? That Missouri has microscopic animals as big as basketballs? That the Show-Me State has a see-through fish where you can see its heart beating?

Conservation Commission plants tree at MDC headquarters in celebration of Missouri Arbor Days

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Conservation Commission observed Abor Days in Missouri by planting a tree at Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) headquarters in Jefferson City April 11. Commissioners Don Bedell, Marilynn Bradford, David Murphy, and Barry Orscheln were joined by members of the Missouri Community Forestry Council and several MDC staff.

MDC sets migratory game bird and waterfowl hunting seasons

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations at its April 12 meeting from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for upcoming 2019 migratory-game-bird-hunting seasons and 2019-2020 waterfowl-hunting seasons.

2019 MIGRATORY GAME BIRD HUNTING

Mourning Doves, Eurasian Collared Doves, and White-Winged Doves

Season: Sept. 1 through Nov. 29

Limits: 15 daily and 45 in possession combined total for all three species

MDC reminds Missourians to keep wildlife wild

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As Missourians begin to head outdoors during the long-awaited spring season, they may encounter a variety of newborn animals. Though the young wildlife can pull on the heartstrings, and oftentimes appears to be abandoned, that’s usually not the case.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds residents to avoid interfering with newborn or young animals as it can do more harm than good.

MDC urges public to avoid planting problematic pear trees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages homeowners and landscapers to avoid planting Callery pear trees this spring. Though these trees bear beautiful white flowers in the springtime, looks can be deceiving.

The Callery pear tree is often found for sale as Bradford pear, Cleveland Select, Autumn Blaze, or Aristocrat. It is a highly invasive species that multiplies quickly, flourishes in a variety poor growing conditions, and reduces biodiversity by crowding out native Missouri plants.

MDC urges drivers to slow down and give turtles a brake!

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation urges drivers to be cautious on the roads this spring and give turtles a brake. These reptiles are often hit by cars during the warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are more active.

Common turtles spotted crossing Missouri roads include three-toed box turtles, ornate box turtles, and snapping turtles.

Young turkey hunters harvest 2,540 birds during youth weekend

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – According to preliminary data from Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 2,540 turkeys during the 2019 spring youth season, April 6 and 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 61 turkeys harvested, Laclede with 56, and Texas with 52.

Warm weather and sunny skies helped increase this year’s youth-weekend harvest over last year’s where young hunters checked 1,729 turkeys.

MDC encourages public to learn about hummingbirds during spring migration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The ruby-throated hummingbird, the tiniest bird to nest in the Show-Me State, is a harbinger of spring. The Missouri Department of Conservation urges the public to learn more about these long-distance fliers as they begin to arrive during their spring migration.

“It’s time to put out feeders! Hummingbirds will be here soon and their numbers will ramp up in the next few weeks,” said MDC State Ornithologist Sarah Kendrick. “They have already been spotted in northern Arkansas and Tennessee.”

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