MDC News Archives

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Participants will learn the basics of bowfishing on June 13 before trying the sport on June 14. Registration is required.
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Rock Port, Mo. – Lavender blooms appeared halfway up the steep loess-soil slope at Star School Prairie Conservation Area as biologist Steve Buback stalked rarities. After a harsh winter, and ahead of summer’s dry spells, Lambert loco weed bloomed profusely on a recent May visit. This flower and several other prairies natives are only found in Missouri on this Atchison County bluff in the state’s northwest corner.

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Kirkwood, Mo. — The troops will be landing at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center this summer. Their mission; give the facility a major makeover.

Powder Valley has been selected for this year’s Summer Service Slam Project by The Mission Continues. This nonprofit organization redeploys veterans to serve again here at home by finding new missions that harness their skills and dedication for operations in their local communities. The goal of The Mission Continues is to empower veterans to find new ways to serve, easing their transition back to civilian life.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- While many wait expectantly for the rainy season to end, biologists know heavy rains such as this week’s weather in the bottomlands of southeast Missouri recharge wetlands by bringing new water into the system. Some conservation areas that tend to be affected by heavy rains in southeast Missouri include Ten Mile Pond, Swift Ditch Access, Seven Island CA, Donaldson Point, Wolf Bayou and Black Island.

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Kansas City, Mo. – Summer is a wonderful time to be outdoors, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers free programs in Kansas City’s urban settings to help people connect with nature and learn outdoor skills.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The future of conservation success in Missouri is dependent upon widespread, citizen support and effective partnerships. In recognition of outstanding performance by an outside partner, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) presents an annual state Outreach and Education (O&E) Partnership Award.

Mike Szydlowski, Science Coordinator for Columbia Public Schools (CPS), was awarded the 2013 MDC O&E Partnership Award.

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WINONA, Mo. -- School will soon dismiss for summer and the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center (CEC) has scheduled events to help children and adults discover nature. Melanie Carden-Jessen, the manager of Twin Pines CEC, said these programs are examples of how conservation improves Missourians’ quality of life.

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Trimble, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a shooting incident where a person was possibly mistaken for a wild turkey and injured on May 7 at Smithville Lake. The person who fired the shot left the scene. MDC conservation agents are seeking information about the case and would like to interview the person who fired the shot.