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Weird Wildlife

May 22, 2019
Noon-1 p.m. CST

Did you know that Missouri has several species of fish that swan 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 will vomit and spray stomach acid when threatened?

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation for its free Wild Webcast on Weird Wildlife Wednesday, May 22, from noon to 1 p.m. to learn more about these and other plant and animal oddities. MDC experts will share some interesting information and plenty of pictures of odd animals found in the Show-Me State. Webcast participants can also post questions through the webcast.

“We will be talking about some fascinating weird wildlife found in Missouri,” said MDC Urban Biologist Erin Shank, who will be one of the guest experts. “One of my favorites is the armadillo. They are all-around weird. Everything about them is weird. The fact that they are in Missouri is weird.”

MDC Fisheries Biologist Darby Niswonger, also a guest expert, added that Missouri has some cool aquatic critters too. “One of my favorites is bryozoan colonies. One type forms round, jellylike masses that float in the water. They can get as large as basketballs!”



Bald Eagles and Eagle Days

December 4, 2018
Join MDC Resource Scientist and Eagle Expert Janet Haslerig and MDC Eagle Days Veteran Dan Zarlenga to learn about bald eagles in Missouri and the perennially popular MDC Eagle Days events around the state.

Attracting Backyard Wildlife

May 16, 2018
Join MDC State Ornithologist Sarah Kendrick, Community Conservationist for the City of Columbia Danielle Fox, and MDC Habitat Management Coordinator Nate Muenks to learn about attracting birds and other wildlife to backyards large and small through bird feeding, native plantings for wildlife food and shelter, and other habitat help.

Feral Hog Update

March 21, 2018
Join MDC Feral Hog Elimination Team Leader Mark McLain and MDC Feral Hog Task Force Coordinator Alan Leary for an update on what MDC and partners are doing to combat feral hogs in Missouri along with background on what they are and why they are such a destructive problem for landowners, MDC, and others.

No MO Invasive Species

Nov. 8, 2017
Join the Missouri Department of Conservation Nov. 8 from Noon-1 p.m. for our MDC Wild Webcast on invasive species. Hear MDC experts talk about what invasive species are, what MDC staff is doing to help control invasive species, and find out what you can do to help prevent invasive species from spreading. MDC experts will also answer your questions about invasive species.

Mountain Lions in Missouri

Sept. 20, 2017
Black panthers in Missouri? Female cougars with cubs? Stocking mountain lions to eat feral hogs? Young male mountain lions passing through? Separate fact from fiction with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) upcoming Wild Webcast: Mountain Lions in Missouri on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. MDC Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee and Alan Leary of MDC’s Mountain Lion Response Team will provide a brief presentation on these big cats in the Show-Me State and then answer questions from webcast participants to help separate fact from fiction on mountain lions in Missouri.

Birding in Missouri

May 10, 2017
Love birds and birding? Join the Missouri Department of Conservation on May 10 from 1 – 2 p.m. for our MDC Wild Webcast on birding. Learn from MDC experts about birds in Missouri. Get information on the new Great Missouri Birding Trail to find the best places around the state to watch birds and have your questions about birds and birding answered.

Discover Nature Fishing

March 8, 2017
Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish. Learn more about fishing in Missouri, including the spring trout opener at the four trout parks across the state, in the first MDC Wild Webcast in 2017. MDC fisheries staff will also share about Discover Nature Fishing classes, rod-and-reel loaner program, MO Fishing app, state record fish, volunteer opportunities through Stream Teams, and more. The free webcast will feature a short presentation by MDC fisheries staff and then be open to questions from participants.

The Fight Against Chronic Wasting Disease

Oct. 13, 2016
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a deadly deer disease that has been found in northeast, central, and east-central Missouri. CWD has the potential to greatly reduce deer numbers, deer health, and deer hunting in Missouri. Learn more about the deadly deer disease CWD, including what MDC is doing to help limit its spread in Missouri and how hunters and landowners can help protect our white-tailed deer.

Be Bear Aware

Sept. 8, 2016
Black bears are one of Missouri's largest animals. MDC’s Bear Biologist Jeff Beringer gets up close and personal with bears on a daily basis. Beringer's job consists of trapping, collaring, examining, and conducting research on Missouri's black bears. This webcast features the history of Missouri's black bears, Missouri black bear population, importance of being bear aware, and the Black Bear Research Project.

The Buzz About Pollinators

June 21, 2016
We can’t survive without plant pollinators, such as butterflies, bees, and birds. They are essential to producing foods we eat and food and shelter wildlife needs. And they are in trouble! Monarch butterflies and the milkweed they need to survive are in serious decline. Bees are also facing drastic declines. Learn more on this webcast about butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, what threatens them, and how you can help.

Talking Hogs

April 6, 2016
In Missouri, feral hogs are an unwanted pest. Did you know their quickly growing numbers are causing more and more damage to native wildlife -- and to private, public, and agricultural lands? Learn more about feral hogs in Missouri on this webcast.

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