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MDC needs birders to help with annual breeding bird survey

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 06, 2020
Volunteers needed to help with 2020 North American Breeding Bird Survey May 27 – July 7.
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MDC asks public to avoid Headwaters Access as construction continues

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 06, 2020

The area remains closed until construction is complete.

Headwaters Access entrance sign

MDC confirms invasive emerald ash borer has spread to 78 Missouri counties

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 06, 2020

Tree-killing pest behind recent reports of trees with bark missing.

A map of Missouri continues infested with emerald ash borer

MDC reports young hunters bagged 2,712 turkeys over youth weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 06, 2020
Top harvest counties were Miller with 74 birds checked, Franklin with 62, and Callaway and Sainte Genevieve with 60 each.
Haleigh Fike with first turkey

MDC encourages you to enjoy Missouri’s flowering trees and shrubs!

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 03, 2020

Take a moment to enjoy the therapeutic beauty of springtime in Missouri

Serviceberry, spicebush, redbud, and wild plum

MDC reminds people to follow health precautions while outdoors

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 02, 2020
Find Places to Go and Things to Do to Discover Nature at nature.mdc.mo.gov/.
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St. Louis Community College uses MDC TRIM Grant to remove invasive trees

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 02, 2020
TRIM grants up to $25K can help communities and non-profits manage tree resources on public spaces.
Certified arborist David Slane

MDC reminds conservation area visitors to use physical distancing

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 02, 2020

Enjoy the outdoors but don't forget to use safety precautions

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UPDATE: Forest Park’s Jefferson Lake closure for renovation delayed to Aug. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 02, 2020

The estimated completion of the project has been adjusted to summer of 2022.

A man fishes at Jefferson Lake in Forest Park.

MDC cancels June 20 youth outdoor day camp at Lee's Summit

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 30, 2020
Camp cancelled as a precaution due to coronavirus
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MDC offers TRIM grants to assist with community tree care

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 30, 2020
TRIM grants can help fund tree inventories, removal, pruning, planting, and more.
man walks under trees in Forest Park

Forest Park’s Jefferson Lake closes to fishing April 1 for renovation project

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 30, 2020

The project is tentatively expected to be completed and public fishing at Jefferson Lake to reopen June of 2021.

A man fishes at Jefferson Lake in Forest Park.

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs will be closed April 4-5 until 1 p.m. on both days

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 26, 2020

Nature Center is closed and conservation area will be closed for youth turkey hunt

The entrance sign to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area

Celebrate Missouri trees with MDC through April Arbor Days

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 26, 2020
Plant native trees and practice proper tree care. Seedling deliveries extended through May.
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MDC offers free nature-focused online learning resources

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 26, 2020
Go online for free MDC nature-based curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school.
Nature Unhooked materials

MDC to temporarily waive fishing permits starting Friday

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 24, 2020
Starting March 27, people may fish in Missouri without a permit through April 15.
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MDC to close offices to visitors starting Monday

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 22, 2020
Offices will still be staffed, and the public can call for information and assistance.
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MDC cancels April 23 Arbor Day event in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 20, 2020

Event at MDC Northwest Regional Office cancelled due to coronavirus precautions

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MDC cancels native plant sale at Runge Nature Center

News from the region

Central
Mar 20, 2020

Protecting public safety amid coronavirus/COVID-19 concerns prompts cancellation of annual event.

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MDC to close staffed shooting ranges starting Friday

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 19, 2020
Closures done to help protect public amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.
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MDC joins unique St. Louis area partnership to help hunters feed those in need

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 18, 2020

Missouri hunters donated over 300 deer last year through Share the Harvest program to provide food for the hungry.

Operation Food Search Food Donations Manager Jack Baran with Conservation Agent Captain Scott Corley

MDC to close nature centers, visitor centers starting Thursday

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 18, 2020
Closures done to help protect public amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.
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Douglas County man shoots new state-record sucker

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 16, 2020

Justin Lakey of Ava shot a 5-pound, 1-ounce white sucker at Lake Taneycomo

Justin Lakey holds his state-record white sucker.

MDC offers nature's version of March Madness on March 26 in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 16, 2020

UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.

A cedar waxwing bird on a tree branch.

MDC forecasts challenging spring turkey hunting season

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 16, 2020
The youth-only weekend is April 4 and 5 with the regular spring season April 20 through May 10.
Cover of Spring Turkey Hunting booklet

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
417-895-6880
Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554