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Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology, and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. This will be a wood duck class. Children under 16 need to have an adult present. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Why are owls active at night? What kind of owls live in our area? Find the answer to these and many more questions about owls. The program will include an indoor presentation about owls and their special adaptations. A short hike on a nearby trail is included to call for owls. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Predator hunting can be done at times of the year when other hunting seasons are closed. This introductory program will cover the basics of predator hunting and trapping. We will cover equipment needed, set-ups, and calling. Both basic as well as some advanced tactics will be covered.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Antler Scoring Open House
February 8 • Saturday • 9am – 12, noon
(All ages)
No reservations required
Now that your antlers have dried for the required 60 days, it is time to check the official score of that big rack. We will have official scorers on duty. You may also bring shed antlers to be scored. Antlers do not have to be from this past season, any previous rack can be scored. Bring your antlers to the Education Center and see what your antlers scores!

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter is a good time to take a warm nap, but this woodchuck has been sleeping for months! Time to wake up and learn about one of Missouri’s only true hibernators.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic is for youth age 11-15, interested in learning the skills needed for upland hunting with the emphasis on the ringneck pheasant, followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 15, 2020. This is for adults 18 and over who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter is a good time to take a warm nap, but this woodchuck has been sleeping for months! Time to wake up and learn about one of Missouri’s only true hibernators.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:45pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

Learn timber sale tips before you sign the dotted line. Selling timber is a once or maybe twice in a lifetime event for most landowners, so there is a lot at stake to get the sale right. It’s important that landowners understand the value of their timber as well as how the type of harvest can affect its future value. Discussion will focus on how the proper harvest is essential to accomplishing your objectives and tips to ensure a timber sale contract protects you and your property.

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by February 13

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring seems so far away!! Are you missing the wildflowers? We will be creating some of our wonderful Missouri wildflowers from paper. Everyone will go home with some paper flowers to help them hold on until spring.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the basics of the care and cleaning of firearms. This program will include tips and techniques for all aspects of maintenance of your firearm. You may bring your own unloaded firearm to class or use ours.

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Break out of your cabin fever! Discover Dresser Island, a winter wildlife haven. We will hike 6.5 miles (with an option for 3.5 miles) along the Mississippi River in search of a variety of wildlife including eagles, pelicans, waterfowl, muskrats, deer, and many others.

*******Participants meet at: Dresser Island Conservation Area
Parking lot off of Highway 94 near West Alton, MO******

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Pickle Springs Natural Area

Come explore one of the most beautiful places in southeast Missouri. This 2-mile hike will take us past giant sandstone formations shaped by time and the elements as we wind in and out of ravines and streams. There is so much to explore even in the cold, but please dress for the weather and bring a backpack with water and a sack lunch.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about Missouri's state bird!We will also build 12 bluebird nest boxes. Each family will work together to build 1 box to take home. Bring a hammer. Registration is required.

Register by February 13

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Have you ever wondered what animals do in the winter? Join us as we explore what different animals do to survive the cold snowy days and finish up with a craft made by your own pintsized Picasso. We will be using acrylic paint so please come dressed in clothes that can be ruined.

Register by February 14

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

Geocaching on Presidents’ Day
Feb 17 • Monday • 12-1:30 p.m.
(Ages 7-12)
How have our past presidents contributed to conservation efforts? Learn a bit of this as we scour the park in search of hidden geocaches using GPS units. We will learn how to use the GPS units, then search for clues about our leaders who helped shape conservation. Dress to be outdoors the entire program. Meet at the Stone Shelter within Tower Grove Park.

Register by February 17

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:00pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

Forest and Wildlife Management
Proper forest management can do great things for wildlife. Learn how to utilize forestry practices to improve the overall health and diversity of the woods to draw wildlife to the property and keep them there.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

"Quail Management 101: Habitat Basics for Your Property."
Where are the quail? How do you attract quail to your property? How can farming promote quality quail habitat? This seminar will cover these questions and will focus on the basics of bobwhite quail ecology and habitat requirements. Participants will learn how to evaluate their property's potential for quail and what programs offer financial assistance for landowners who want to improve quail habitat.

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