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Citizens are charging ahead in a campaign launched by the Conservation Department.
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Iconic “Harry Potter” owls are present in unusual numbers this year.
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Smithville, Missouri – Visitors will be invited to view wildlife indoors and outdoors on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 4 and 5, at the 19th annual Eagle Days at Smithville Lake.

Educational talks with captive eagles will be given at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Complex in Little Platte Park by experts from Operation Wildlife. Show times on Saturday will be 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m. The shows on Sunday will begin at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Paradise Pointe is part of the Little Platte Park at 18212 Golf Course Road.

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Conservation achievements of 2013 would have thrilled conservation giants who passed into history during the past year.
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The Conservation Commission met Dec. 12 and 13 in St. Charles. Commissioners present were:

  • Don C. Bedell, Sikeston, Chair
  • James T. Blair, IV, St. Louis, Vice Chair/Secretary
  • Tim E. Dollar, Blue Springs, Member
  • Marilynn J. Bradford, Jefferson City, Member

Regulations

The Commission approved the following seasons:

Turkey

  • Youth – April 12-13, 2014
  • Spring – April 21-May 11, 2014
  • Fall – Oct. 1-31, 2014

Season structure, bag limits, and shooting hours remain unchanged from 2013.

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WEST PLAINS, Mo. – This year’s harvest during firearms deer season in the Missouri Ozarks decreased by 17% from last year, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Protection Regional Supervisor Gary Cravens said weather had a lot to do with the lower harvest numbers.

“The season began with unseasonable warm and windy conditions which affected deer movement and made hunting difficult,” Cravens said. “The second weekend of the season, wind and cold temperatures challenged hunters again with less than ideal hunting conditions.”

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If you’re getting stir crazy in the midst of this freezing cold December weather, there’s plenty to do at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), DNA testing will help determine if a canine shot in Wayne County in late November by a private landowner while hunting is a gray wolf, coyote, or other canine species. The landowner contacted MDC after he shot the animal and surrendered it to the Department so MDC could determine what species the animal is.

Coyotes may be taken by hunting throughout the year as permitted by the Wildlife Code of Missouri. Wolves are a protected species in Missouri.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – The morning air is brisk as fish jump and the sun rises high into the sky. Salvador Mondragon, a Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Fisheries Biologist, is part of this unique scene.

"A day in this position is never the same. I could come into the office expecting to do one thing, and it could completely change if something comes up," stated Mondragon. "A general day could include fish population sampling, educational programs for adults or children, or working with plant life on lakes and ponds."

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El Dorado Springs, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host an open house 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the El Dorado Springs office, 1109 S. Main St., just north of U.S. 54. Come celebrate nature and the outdoors with the staff that helps manage the prairies, woodlands and waters in a wildlife-rich area of west central Missouri.