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MDC encourages anglers to get hooked on Missouri trout fishing

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 14, 2020
March 1 marks opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing at the state’s four trout parks.
rainbow trout in hands

MDC invites families to Youth Pollinator Event Feb. 29 at Columbia golf course

News from the region

Central
Feb 13, 2020

Register for a free, fun, family-friendly learning opportunity about pollinators and creating native wildlife habitat.

A monarch lands on common thistle.

MDC invites public to Feb. 29 Vulture Venture near Branson

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 13, 2020

Free program highlights benefits of these misunderstood birds.

A turkey vulture stands in a grass field.

Find places for outdoor fun with MDC’s “MO Outdoors” app

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 13, 2020
Download the free MO Outdoors app through Google Play or the App Store.
MO Outdoors app main screen

MDC offers timber harvest workshop March 7 in Gasconade County

News from the region

Central
Feb 13, 2020

Free clinic will help landowners understand process and benefits of forest management.

A wooded area.

MDC says Audubon Conservation Ranching program helps imperiled grassland birds

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 11, 2020
Consumers can buy beef grown in pastures certified as friendly to grassland birds
cattle in field

MDC offers Urban Woodsman event Feb. 22 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 10, 2020
Free event for all ages features maple syrup, ax handling tips, and outdoor lore
cut firewood

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong to add encore presentation Feb 20 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 07, 2020

Due to popular demand, MDC’s photographer has scheduled a second presentation to share his award-winning images of Missouri’s wildlife and landscapes.

Noppadol Paothong stops to smile for the camera out in nature.

MDC congratulates Maryville angler for state-record yellow perch

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 07, 2020

Tyler Halley of Maryville caught a 1-pound, 14-ounce fish on a private pond in Nodaway County.

Tyler Halley shows off his state-record yellow perch.

MDC offering waterfowl workshops in St. Louis region this March to give input on upcoming seasons

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 06, 2020
MDC workshops in Elsberry and St. Charles will solicit hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2021-2025 seasons.
waterfowl hunter in blind

Feral Hogs in Missouri: Illegal release and transport has driven up damage over decades

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 06, 2020
The feral hog business has a long history of causing problems for Missourians.
feral hogs with ear tags

MDC invites public to learn about fly fishing at program at Neosho Hatchery

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 05, 2020
Free Feb. 15 event is cooperative effort of MDC, Neosho National Fish Hatchery and MAKO Fly Fishers.
woman fly fishing in stream

MDC invites gun owners to firearms care workshop at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 05, 2020
Free Feb. 15 program will cover basic care, cleaning, and storage of firearms.
items on a table used for firearms care and a rifle and shotgun

MDC invites public to smallmouth bass program Feb. 20

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 05, 2020

Free program at Springfield Nature Center offers tips for hooking this popular fish.

A picture of smallmouth bass underwater.

MDC crowns state champion river birch tree in Howard County

News from the region

Central
Feb 04, 2020

Howard County farm recognized as home to largest known river birch tree in the state.

Forester A.J. Campbell presents the Champion Tree plaque to Larry and Brenda Potterfield and Andrew Robinson.

Cape Nature Center FREE events include Paddling for Veterans and viewing of The Lorax

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 04, 2020
Programs at the Nature Center are always FREE, thanks to the Conservation State Sales Tax.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Test your fishing skills through MDC’s first Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 04, 2020

MDC and Trout Unlimited partnered to offer Missouri anglers their first “Trout Slam”

The medallion and gold, silver, and bronze pins awarded to Trout Slam anglers.

MDC taking reservations for free youth outdoor day camp at Lee's Summit

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 03, 2020

Participants will learn fishing, shooting, and other outdoor skills

An MDC staff member teaches a teenager to fish.

MDC’s Xplor magazine celebrates 10th birthday

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 03, 2020

Give Xplor the best birthday present by providing feedback at mdc.mo.gov/myxplor

The Jan/Feb 2020 issue of Xplor features a young red fox.

Powder Valley Nature Center presents “For the Love of Bees” program Saturday, Feb. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 03, 2020
The free family event will enable visitors to see and taste the work of our native pollinating heroes.
honeybee on flower

Private lands not affected by feral hog hunting closures, opportunistic take regulations

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 03, 2020

Federal and state agencies encourage feral hog trapping on both public and private lands.

Land rooted up by feral hogs.

MDC offering three prescribed burn workshops during March in the St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 03, 2020
Participants will learn how to harness this effective land management tool at these free workshops being held in St. Charles, Lincoln, and Jefferson Counties.
MDC Staff Person Conducting a Prescribed Burn

MDC to host free waterfowl season workshops in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 03, 2020

Hunters can provide input about future seasons on Feb. 18 in St. Joseph and on Feb. 19 in Chillicothe

A waterfowl hunter walks in a wetland.

MDC invites public to learn how to build bluebird boxes on Feb. 15

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 31, 2020

Families will build nest boxes at free workshop at Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center.

A bluebird flies into a nesting box.

MDC invites public to search for short-eared owls on Feb. 8

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 31, 2020
Owls found on prairies will be the focus of hike at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area.
short-eared owl

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Lucas Bond
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Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
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Bill Graham
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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
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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