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MDC, partners offer youth and mobility impaired upland bird hunt in Cole County Feb. 16

News from the region

Central
Jan 23, 2020

Apply by Feb. 2 for this free event giving youth and mobility-impaired hunters access to the outdoors.

MDC employees assist hunters on an upland bird hunt.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces February programs

News from the region

Central
Jan 23, 2020
Program topics include trout fishing, black bears, eagles, tomahawks, nature jewelry, and more.
young black bear

MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Jan 17, 2020

Register to attend a free workshop on fire as an important land management method.

MDC staff walks around the smoke coming from a prescribed fire.

MDC plans Master Naturalist volunteer trainings in central Missouri this spring

News from the region

Central
Jan 15, 2020

Participants must register and attend orientation to join classes in Camdenton, or Columbia.

Participants learning about nature during a naturalist program.

MDC offers women’s basic handgun workshop Jan. 28 in Callaway County

News from the region

Central
Jan 07, 2020

Preregister today to attend this free program for women ages 14 and older.

An MDC agent helps a woman learn to shoot a handgun.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces January programs

News from the region

Central
Jan 06, 2020
Program topics include fly tying, Canada goose hunting, predators, owls, wildlife in winter, and more.
saw-whet owl

MDC offers prescribed burn workshop Jan. 24 in Gasconade County

News from the region

Central
Jan 06, 2020
Register to attend this FREE workshop on fire as an important land-management tool.
managing property with prescribed fire

MDC invites public to Eagle Adventure at Runge Nature Center Feb. 1

News from the region

Central
Jan 02, 2020

Discover nature this winter with live eagle presentations, new exhibits in Jefferson City.

Two bald eagles perch on a tree branch.

Donate Christmas trees to wildlife at MDC Central Regional Office drop-off site

News from the region

Central
Dec 24, 2019
Recycling Christmas trees can help improve fish and wildlife habitat in central Missouri.
MDC staff submerging Christmas trees for fish habitat

MDC’s Runge Nature Center offers free family fun at Holiday Happenings

News from the region

Central
Dec 23, 2019
Family-friendly event in Jefferson City will include games, crafts, nature walks, stories, music, and more.
three females making crafts

MDC names Kevin Borisenko as new regional administrator in Central Region

News from the region

Central
Dec 13, 2019
Borisenko will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures.
Kevin Borisenko

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces December programs

News from the region

Central
Dec 02, 2019

Programs include pellet rifle shooting, wreath making, annual Holiday Happenings event, and more.

A woman teaches a little girl about nature at Runge Nature Center.

Call to MDC’s Operation Game Thief hotline yields poaching arrest

News from the region

Central
Nov 26, 2019

Tuscumbia man now faces litany of charges in Miller, Shannon counties.

Items seized during the arrest of Harold Piatt, including three firearms and two antlered deer heads.

MDC, partners to host youth waterfowl workshop Dec. 13-15 in Sweet Springs

News from the region

Central
Nov 14, 2019
Register youth to attend this free workshop and participate in a mentored duck hunt.
two waterfowl hunters calling ducks

MDC confirms invasive Emerald Ash Borer in 16 new Missouri counties

News from the region

Central
Nov 06, 2019

Tree-killing pest has now spread to 75 Missouri counties.

A map depicting where Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in Missouri.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces temporary trail closures Nov. 8 – 10

News from the region

Central
Nov 05, 2019
Trails will close for three days to accommodate a managed archery hunt on Runge property.
Runge Sign

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces November programs

News from the region

Central
Nov 01, 2019

Programs include tomahawk throwing, deer processing, trout fishing, and more.

A man holds a rainbow trout.

MDC offers timber harvest workshop Oct. 26 in Gasconade Co.

News from the region

Central
Oct 18, 2019

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

A view of forested property that could be harvested for timber.

MDC, partners to host youth waterfowl workshop Oct. 25-26 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Oct 18, 2019
Register to attend this free workshop and chance to participate in youth duck hunt.
boy throwng duck decoy

MDC to host beginner fly fishing clinic Nov. 9 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Oct 10, 2019

Register to attend this FREE Discover Nature – Fishing course for ages 12+.

An MDC staff member instructs a woman on fly fishing techniques.

MDC warns of nuisance black vultures at Bagnell Dam Access on Osage River

News from the region

Central
Oct 04, 2019
Area users should beware of potential damage to parked vehicles.
black vultures

MDC offers squirrel hunting workshop for new hunters in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Oct 01, 2019
Register to attend this free clinic and mentored hunting opportunity.
gray squirrel in tree

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces October programs

News from the region

Central
Oct 01, 2019

Programs include fall floating, hunter education, an outdoor skills sampler, and more.

Slime mold called Physarum polycephalum

MDC invites youth, families to trapping clinic in Callaway County Oct. 5-6

News from the region

Central
Sep 19, 2019
Learn to hone trapping skills with conservation professionals at FREE clinic near Williamsburg.
trappers in creek

MDC partners with Lincoln University to host Timber Stand Improvement workshop Oct. 12

News from the region

Central
Sep 11, 2019
Free seminar will introduce landowners to TSI practices, benefits to wildlife, and forest health.
MDC forester discusses Timber Stand Improvement in woods with landowner

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Francis Skalicky
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