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MDC to host prescribed fire workshop in Poplar Bluff Oct. 5

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 03, 2019

Learn why and when to burn to meet land management goals.

A man managing a prescribed fire for land improvement.

Discover nature with MDC at SEMO District Fair Sep. 7-14

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 08, 2019

Visit MDC’s Conservation Pavilion to wish Smokey Bear a happy 75th birthday.

Smokey Bear does the Hokey Pokey with his fans.

Cape Nature Center announces FREE September programs

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 08, 2019

September events feature geocaching, birding, a sand prairie adventure and more.

A little boy "steers" the wheel while taking a boat ride.

MDC: Duck Creek CA has a new entrance road, construction continues

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 08, 2019

Visitors to Duck Creek should use the new entrance off U.S. Highway 51 to access Pools 1, 2 and 3.

The entrance sign to Duck Creek Conservation Area near Puxico.

MDC asks public to avoid Headwaters Access during construction

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 01, 2019
Users are cautioned that the area is unsafe until construction is complete.
Headwaters Access Sign

MDC partners with USDA, NRCS, Quail Forever on Native Grass for landowners

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 23, 2019

Landowners will tour a native warm season grass stand and learn how to ensure their own success.

Native grasses against a blue sky.

Cape Nature Center announces August programs

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 16, 2019

August events feature canoeing, insect pinning, making jams and jellies, and more.

Young explorers enjoying the Cape Nature Center.

MDC hosts prescribed fire workshop Aug. 7 at Mineral Area College in Park Hills

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 15, 2019
Landowners should preregister for their desired workshop time.
prescribed fire view from truck

Crickets tell the temperature in warm weather

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 14, 2019
MDC education consultant recommends teaching children this fun summer trick.
male field cricket in hand

MDC: Respect, not fear, is best when it comes to snake encounters

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 12, 2019

Watch where you step, dress appropriately and keep hands out of rocky crevices to avoid trouble.

A kingsnake in the brush.

Cape Nature Center announces July programs, partners with area libraries

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 11, 2019

Naturalists will provide nocturnal creature programs at six Riverside Regional Libraries July 16 & 17.

Little explorers learn about nature at the Cape Nature Center.

MDC: Snapping turtles begin laying their eggs in June

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 06, 2019
Though intimidating to people, snapping turtles play an important role in nature.
snapping turtle

MDC: Follow these Bear Aware guidelines to stay safe in bear country and keep bears wild

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 05, 2019

Start by reporting all bear sightings to MDC.

A closeup of a black bear.

MDC’s top five fishing locations near Cape Girardeau

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 05, 2019

Anyone near Cape Girardeau has lots of close to home fishing options.

Rotary Lake

MDC: Fish for free this weekend in Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 04, 2019
Anyone can fish without a permit in state waters June 8 and 9.
caught bass

MDC hosts free Atlatl Workshop at Maintz Wildlife Preserve June 7

News from the region

Southeast
May 21, 2019

Learn the basics and practice throwing this ancient tool.

Different types of atlatls.

Angler finds new invasive fish in St. Francis River floodwaters

News from the region

Southeast
May 17, 2019

The invasive Northern Snakehead is now confirmed in Missouri waters.

File photo of a snakehead fish provided by AR Game & Fish Commission

Cape Nature Center announces June programs

News from the region

Southeast
May 16, 2019

June 8 and 9 is Missouri’s Free Fishing Weekend, which fits nicely to continue celebrating a Year of Fish.

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

Venison donated to Share the Harvest after Chronic Wasting Disease testing wraps up

News from the region

Southeast
May 06, 2019

More than 1,860 pounds of venison donated to food pantries in Ste. Genevieve and Bloomsdale to feed the hungry.

Paul Arnold with Mississippi Lime Company and Conservation Agent Rob Sulkowski pose with Share the Harvest donations.

MDC hosts FREE 3D Archery Family Fun Shoot in Piedmont June 1

News from the region

Southeast
May 03, 2019
Using a 3D target archery course will give beginning archers a more realistic experience for practice.
Woman shooting 3D archery

MDC transfers Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead to Scott County

News from the region

Southeast
May 03, 2019

Mothershead is originally from Scott County, which makes him a great fit to serve the county in this role.

Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead

As quail start to call, conservation managers encourage quail habitat development

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 25, 2019
Creating good quail habitat is like solving a jigsaw puzzle; you must have all the pieces.
quail nest in grass

Cape Nature Center announces May programs

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 23, 2019
Celebrate the creator of the National Wildlife Federation at A Visit with Ding Darling May 14.
View of Cape Nature Center Across Pond

MDC: Volunteers needed to Bash Trash at Cape LaCroix Creek

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 22, 2019

Volunteers have picked up over four tons of trash in the area since 2006.

A bag of trash collected at a southeast Missouri park

Cape Nature Center hosts professional fisherman Josh Gowan this Saturday

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 12, 2019
Gowan will discuss his career and share some tips about crappie fishing.
crappie closeup

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Lucas Bond
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
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Jill Pritchard
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Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
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Francis Skalicky
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Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
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St. Louis Regional Office
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