From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
July 2016 Issue

Discover Nature

MDC Discover Nature

6 Ideas for Family Fun

To find more events near you, call your regional office, or visit mdc.mo.gov and choose your region.

Aquatic Adventure

July 7 • Thursday • 9–11 a.m. St. Louis Region, St. Louis Regional Office, 2360 Hwy D, St. Charles, MO 63304 Registration required, call 636-441-4554 starting June 27 Ages 6–12

What could be more fun in early July than seeing cool things in an aquatic habitat? Come and learn about an aquatic food chain and how we can affect it.

Discover Nature — Fishing: Frogging Clinic

July 8 • Friday • 6 p.m. Northeast Region, Ted Shanks Conservation Area, 3643 Pike 145, Ashburn, MO 63433 Registration required, call 573-248-2530 All ages, families

The clinic will start with a classroom session, followed by a hands-on portion. All necessary gear will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring flashlights/headlamps, boots or shoes that can get wet and muddy, and a valid fishing license for anyone 16 and older.

Learn to Deer Hunt Open House

July 12 • Tuesday • 6– 8 p.m. St. Louis Region, Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 1100 Antire Road, High Ridge, MO 63049 No registration required, call 636-938-9548 for more information Ages 6 and older

Stop by and visit with staff excited to help you learn more about deer hunting. Learn at your own pace with several booths covering benefits, regulations, gear, cleaning, and cooking. In addition, gain information and consider applying for a managed or mentored hunt this fall.

Big River Fishing Clinic

July 23 • Saturday • 6 a.m.–12 p.m. Northwest Region, Thurnau Fishing Access near Craig, MO (take Hwy. 111 west 4 miles, turn south on Annapolis Road to Thurnau.) Registration required, call 816-271-3100 Ages 11–15

Participants will meet at the Thurnau boat ramp for instruction on trotlining, set lines, and pole and line fishing, then go out on the Missouri River to fish with pole and lines. Fish cleaning instruction is also included. All necessary equipment will be provided. Dress for the weather and mud.

Turtle Mania

July 23 • Saturday • 1–4 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 No registration required, call 573-290-5218 for more information All ages, families

Join us for a turtle-tastic time! Shelled, clawed, and scaled, turtles are some of the oldest creatures on earth. Stop by to learn about the species in our state and how they survive. We’ll have turtle-themed crafts and activities as well as live turtles.

Summer in the City

July 29 • Friday • 6–9 p.m. Kansas City Region, Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110 For more information, call 816-759-7300 All ages

Spend the evening participating in all the fun activities a day at summer camp would offer. Adults and kids of all ages will enjoy archery, fire starting, nature art, atlatl-throwing, camp games, and more. Come enjoy a warm evening outdoors to wrap up and celebrate a fun summer!

Also in this issue

Black Bear

Bear With Us

Department researchers visit black bear dens to study population growth

Prairie Chicken

Caring for Missouri’s Best Wild Places

Partners use a wide-ranging approach to conserve unique areas and meet local needs

Angler kneeling in water, holding a bass

Up a Lazy River

The upper portion of Missouri’s crookedest river is a smallmouth stream beyond compare

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This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld
Art Director - Cliff White
Associate Editor - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler