MDC Runge Nature Center hosts waterfowl book signing

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Quality wetlands are important and do not happen by accident. Careful planning, skillful execution of well-designed strategies, public and private partnerships, strong citizen support and dedicated funding have all led to the wetland habitats and migratory bird populations that we enjoy today. A new book, Waterfowl Hunting and Wetland Conservation in Missouri – A Model of Collaboration, chronicles Missouri's success in this area. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Runge Nature Center is holding a book signing from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in celebration of this book.

Three of the book's authors—Ken Babcock, Glenn Chambers, and Dale Humburg—will be available to sign books and to share their passion. A looping visual presentation will highlight important aspects of the book and an exhibit showcasing antique duck decoys used and manufactured in Missouri will be on display from the Joe French Collection.

The 480-page coffee-table book charters the history of waterfowl management in Missouri and beyond. This is a must have book for all serious migratory bird hunters, and all net proceeds from sales of the book will be dedicated to wetland and waterfowl conservation in Missouri. Gorgeous, color photographs, reproductions of well-known waterfowl artwork and historic black and white photos are found throughout this book.

The $40 book is available for purchase at Runge Nature Center, prior to the event or at the event, or can be ordered online by visiting

Waterfowl Hunting and Wetland Conservation in Missouri is a cooperative effort between MDC, Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, Conservation Federation of Missouri, Ducks Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and other conservation and hunting organizations.

Runge Nature Center is located on Hwy 179 in Jefferson City approximately .5 mile north of Hwy 50. Building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The building is closed on Sunday and Monday. The outdoor trails are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

For more information on this or other programs, call 573-526-5544 or visit