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MDC hosts training for teachers Feb. 14 in West Plains

Jan 18, 2019
Teachers of grades kindergarten through 5th will learn how to bring nature to the classroom.
two boys discovering nature

RESCHEDULED: MDC’s beginner fly tying clinic in Kirksville moved to March 2

News from the region

Northeast
Jan 18, 2019
Register to attend this FREE Discover Nature – Fishing workshop and learn to tie your own flies.
people at fly tying workshop

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts tree tapping and maple sugaring programs

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 18, 2019
Tis’ the season for maple sugaring and sap collecting.
people tapping a maple tree

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival delays start Saturday due to weather

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 18, 2019
The event will start at noon due to a winter advisory Friday night into Saturday morning.
bald eagle up close

MDC invites public to Feb. 2 program on raptor identification

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 18, 2019
Free Springfield Nature Center program will give tips on identifying Missouri's birds of prey.
Cooper's Hawk in Tree

Cape Nature Center: Wolves, Predators of the Past and Present

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 18, 2019
It’s more likely that track belongs to a coyote or other mammal, instead of a wolf.
drawing of wolf

MDC test results reveal more deer with deadly CWD

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 17, 2019
28 new cases of deadly deer disease found from 11 counties. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/cwd.
CWD Sampling Staff Image

MDC to host Eagle Days in Clarksville Jan. 26

News from the region

Northeast
Jan 16, 2019

Discover nature this winter and witness one of the best opportunities for eagle watching in the country.

Bald Eagle

MDC reports final deer harvest for season more than 290,300

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 16, 2019
Archery turkey harvest ended season with 2,095.
mature buck in woods

MDC invites public to Eagle Adventure at Runge Nature Center Jan. 26

News from the region

Central
Jan 16, 2019
Discover nature this winter with live eagle presentations, new exhibits in Jefferson City.
bald eagle perched in tree

MDC Celebrates 50th anniversary of Urban Fishing Program in St. Louis

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 16, 2019
Close-to-home fishing program has brought five decades of opportunity to metro anglers.
Images of Urban Fishing Program

MDC reminds residents to exercise caution during and after snowstorms

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 15, 2019

From personal injury to physical damage and common scams, don’t let tree damage make matters worse.

Tree branches on the ground because of the heavy snow.

Cape Nature Center kicks off “Year of the Fish” Jan. 26

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 15, 2019
Celebrate a year full of learning about fish with games, programs, crafts, snacks and more.
bass fishing

Apply online for MDC spring managed turkey hunts starting Feb. 1

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 15, 2019
Apply Feb. 1 - 28 through the MDC website at www.mdc.mo.gov/springturkeyhunts.
two wild turkey toms on display

MDC closes interior roads within Busch Conservation Area due to icy conditions

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 15, 2019
The MDC St. Louis Regional Office located near the entrance of the area will remain open.
Busch Road Closure Sign

MDC invites public to learn how to build bluebird boxes

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 14, 2019

Events planned for Jan. 19 at Andy Dalton Range, Feb. 2 at Walter Woods Conservation Area.

Building Bluebird boxes

MDC will host prescribed fire workshops throughout Ozark region

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 14, 2019

Prescribed fire is a useful tool for land and wildlife management.

Prescribed fire workshops in the Ozark region

RESCHEDULED: MDC’s fifth annual ice fishing workshop in Hunnewell moved to Feb. 2

News from the region

Northeast
Jan 11, 2019

Due to winter storm warnings this weekend’s clinic will move to Feb. 2 – register by Feb. 1.

People ice fishing.

MDC will hold free Advanced Archery Instructor training for teachers Jan. 29 at Ridgewood Middle School

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 10, 2019
MoNASP-certified instructors will take their skills to the next level with this tournament prep class.
Student archers in row shooting at NASP tournament

MDC, partners offer mobility impaired and youth pheasant hunt near Centertown Feb. 17

News from the region

Central
Jan 10, 2019
Apply by Jan. 31 for this free outdoor opportunity for mobility impaired and youth hunters.
mobility impaired hunters

Eagle Days at Smithville Lake drew good crowds Jan. 5-6

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 08, 2019
Raptors and warm sunshine boost attendance at annual event
People watching eagles at 2019 Eagle Days at Smithville Lake

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation hosts Winter in the Woods Festival, Featuring Maple Sugar, Saturday, Feb. 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2019
The popular annual Maple Sugar Festival is expanding to embrace many more aspects of winter.
People at Maple Sugar Festival

MDC will host prescribed fire workshop in Cape Girardeau, Feb. 12

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 08, 2019
Prescribed fire is a useful tool for land and wildlife management.
Using Prescribed Fire

Preschoolers can learn how animals survive winter at free program at Columbia Bottom Jan. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2019
Indoor and outdoor explorations will give children age 2-5 hands on learning experiences.
doe in winter woods

MDC and MoDOT invite schools to fight litter through trashcan decorating contest

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 07, 2019
Deadline for submissions is March 15. Learn more at nomoretrash.org.
Teacher Jessica Brown and her third graders at Logan-Rogersville Elementary won the 2018 trashcan-decorating contest with their entry, “Stache the Trash!”

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MDC Media Staff

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) 815-7901
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
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