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MDC plants sunflowers at Columbia Bottom for viewing and photo opportunities

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 06, 2020

Visitors should be able to enjoy impressive golden displays continuously through mid-August.

Sunflowers at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Bear named “Bruno” by social media sedated and transported to safety on Sunday by MDC staff

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 06, 2020

The roving bear that is suspected to have traveled several states has been released safely outside the urban area.

MDC state vet with sedated black bear.

MDC announces new hours for visitor center at Lost Valley Fish Hatchery

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 02, 2020

Visitor center scheduled to reopen on July 9 at Warsaw

Largemouth bass at Lost Valley

New MDC migratory bird and waterfowl hunting digest now available

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 02, 2020
Get it online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl
2020 Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Digest

MDC’s Runge Nature Center reopens July 7 with health precautions

News from the region

Central
Jul 01, 2020
FREE public programs to resume, outdoors or in a virtual setting.
kayakers paddle on a lake

MDC announces five hunters drawn for elk permits

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 01, 2020
Five Missourians drawn were among 19,215 applications to hunt antlered elk this fall.
bull elk at Peck Ranch

Accepting applications for a women-only managed deer hunt in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Jul 01, 2020

Mentors will be provided for the hunt Oct. 24-25 at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area

Three women walk through the woods while deer hunting

Join MDC July 14 for webcast on catfish regs for Mark Twain Lake

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 01, 2020
Learn about and comment on potential new catfish regulations for Mark Twain Lake at mdc.mo.gov/MarkTwainCatfish.
Image of blue catfish

MDC's Andy Dalton Shooting Range to re-open July 8

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 01, 2020

Facility will have new Wednesday-Sunday schedule.

Andy Dalton Shooting Range Entrance Sign

MDC invites comments on Wildlife Code regulations

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 01, 2020
Comment on MDC regulations during July and August online at short.mdc.mo.gov/Zia.
MDC color logo

MDC offers virtual fishing clinic July 18 to help new anglers learn the sport

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 30, 2020
Get started fishing with tackle and technique tips from experts
family fishing from deck

Application period for 2020 managed dove hunts on Columbia Bottom CA opens July 1-31

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 30, 2020

Hunters will be able to apply online to participate in this year’s Columbia Bottom managed dove hunts.

A dove hunter sits in a field with his shotgun.

MDC offers virtual exploration of aquatic life in the Burr Oak Woods pond

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 30, 2020

Online visitors can learn about fish, frogs, and insects in a healthy pond ecosystem

Youngsters explore aquatic life at Burr Oak Woods pond

Get fall deer and turkey hunting info from new MDC booklet

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 30, 2020
Get it online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fall-deer-and-turkey-hunting-regulations-and-information.
2020 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet cover

Discover red, white, and blue in nature this holiday weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 29, 2020
Find MDC Places to Go and Things to Do online and through the MDC MO Outdoors app.
Male Summer Tanager

MDC to hold virtual program about butterflies July 9

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 29, 2020

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center will host event about these valuable pollinators.

Swallowtail Butterfly

MDC to offer virtual floating, fishing programs in upcoming weeks

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 26, 2020

Free online programs will cover kayaking, stream fishing, and how to "read" a stream.

Kayak on lake

MDC's Taberville Prairie a release site for endangered American burying beetles

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 24, 2020
Ongoing species restoration project by Saint Louis Zoo showing good progress
burying beetle on flower

MDC prepares to offer outside programs at nature centers and reopen shooting ranges in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 24, 2020

New programs and protocols will be in place as precautions against COVID-19

MDC staff take visitors on a nature hike

MDC says proper tending and disposal of fishing lines protects people and wildlife

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 23, 2020

Help keep rivers and lakes clean and safe

A fishing line and hook swallowed by a dog.

MDC reminds travelers that fishing in Branson area is still good

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 23, 2020

COVID-19 hasn't hampered angling success at Table Rock and Taneycomo.

Boating on Lake Taneycomo

MDC to offer clinic on catfishing with alternative methods July 17–18

News from the region

Northeast
Jun 23, 2020
Register to attend this free clinic, recommended for ages 14-years and older.
family fishing from a boat

MDC provides channel catfishing opportunities at Kansas City area lakes

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 22, 2020
Ponds and lakes in urban neighborhoods are stocked with catfish.
girl with catfish

MDC thanks volunteers for their contributions to conservation

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 18, 2020

Help support nature on your own by participating in citizen science!

Volunteer Naturalist Angie Jungbluth shows kids a pond-life exploration station during a Wetlands for Kids Day event last summer.

MDC reminds people to celebrate safely!

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 16, 2020
Be careful with fireworks, campfires, and other sources of fire that could cause a wildfire.
people around campfire

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Lucas Bond
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Conservation Headquarters
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Candice Davis
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Robert Hemmelgarn
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Kristie Hilgedick
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Conservation Headquarters
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Joe Jerek
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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
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Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554