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MDC cancels April 23 Arbor Day event in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 20, 2020

Event at MDC Northwest Regional Office cancelled due to coronavirus precautions

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MDC offers nature's version of March Madness on March 26 in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 16, 2020

UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.

A cedar waxwing bird on a tree branch.

Prairie-chicken viewing offered this spring at Dunn Ranch Prairie

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 24, 2020
UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.
three prairie chickens in cornfield

MDC partners with Missouri Western on a prairie restoration in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 21, 2020
Project will provide a native grassland habitat for research, enjoyment, and education
grassland restoration

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 offers free prescribed fire workshop Feb. 7 in Trenton

News from the region

Northwest
Jan 23, 2020

Learn how to use carefully planned fire as a management tool for forage and wildlife habitat

An MDC employee manages a prescribed burn.

Young hunters are carrying quail hunting traditions forward

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 23, 2019
Hunters can take advantage of MDC's Quail Emphasis Areas
quail hunter with dog

MDC assigns new agent to Atchison County

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 20, 2019

Kyle Dick will help protect forest, fish, and wildlife resources in Northwest Missouri

Kyle Dick

MDC assigns new conservation agent for Mercer County

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2019

Benjamin Bardot will help protect forest, fish, and wildlife resources in northwest Missouri

Benjamin Bardot

MDC names Bryan Gragg as regional administrator in Northwest Region

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2019

Gragg will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures

Bryan Gragg

MDC assigns new conservation agent to Linn County

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2019
Griffin Surtin will help protect forest, fish, and wildlife resources in northwest Missouri
Conservation Agent Griffin Surtin

MDC offers free fly-tying classes in St. Joseph during January

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 09, 2019

Participants will learn how to tie lures for trout and panfish

Hand-tied flies for catching trout and panfish.

Raptors and waterfowl featured at Eagle Days Dec. 7-8 at Loess Bluffs

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 25, 2019

MDC assists wildlife refuge with 41st annual Eagle Days

A bald eagle perched on a tree branch.

Catch-and-release winter trout fishing season underway in Sedalia and St. Joseph

News from the region

Kansas City
Northwest
Nov 15, 2019
MDC stocks trout for winter fishing, anglers may catch and keep after Feb. 1
releasing a rainbow trout

MDC hosted Poosey Conservation Area fall driving tour on Oct. 20

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 22, 2019

Visitors came on horseback, wagon, ATV, cars and trucks

A group of people enjoy fall colors while taking a driving tour through Poosey Conservation Area.

MDC offers free Park after Dark nature event Oct. 25 in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 17, 2019

Guided night hikes, crafts, and Trunk or Treat on tap at Mark Youngdahl Urban Conservation Area

A flock of geese fly in front of the moon.

MDC offers free quail management workshop Oct. 26 near Kingston

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 11, 2019
Workshop in Caldwell County will help property managers improve habitat for quail
single quail

MDC offers free quail management workshop Oct. 19 in Carroll County

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 11, 2019
Workshop near Bogard will help property managers improve habitat for quail
quail sitting on barbed wire

MDC to host 33rd annual Poosey Conservation Area fall tour Oct. 20

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 07, 2019

Smokey Bear will be on hand to celebrate his 75th birthday and wise fire management

A line of vehicles take a fall driving tour through Poosey Conservation Area.

MDC to offer hunter education skills classes in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 07, 2019
New hunters can earn certification required for purchase of firearms hunting permits
teaching hunter education

MDC to co-host free fur trapping clinic Oct. 19-20 at Sumner

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 27, 2019

Experts will teach trapping and fur handling skills

Fur trappers check a beaver trap on the shore of a river.

MDC helps improve Bethany area fishing lakes

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 26, 2019

Financial assistance helps improve access for fishing and boating

Laura Ruman, MDC fisheries programs supervisor; Bethany Mayor Jonne Slemons; Randy Brejnik and Charles Crabtree, Bethany aldermen; Josh Roller, conservation agent, and Jerry Wiechman, MDC fisheries management biologist

MDC provides places to hunt and fish with MRAP program

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 26, 2019

Changes made for MRAP program land in DeKalb County

A hunter jots down some notes while reading a regulations sign at an MRAP site.

Flooding affects some waterfowl areas in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 11, 2019
Hunting opportunities will be normal at some areas and limited at others
ducks on wetland

MDC offers free fishing classes at Marceline and Brookfield

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 06, 2019

Discover Nature—Fishing programs teach angling basics and participants go fishing

MDC staff teach a family how to use a fishing pole.

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
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Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
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Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
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Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
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Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
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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