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MDC asks public to avoid Headwaters Access as construction continues

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 06, 2020

The area remains closed until construction is complete.

Headwaters Access entrance sign

Cape Nature Center FREE events include Paddling for Veterans and viewing of The Lorax

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 04, 2020
Programs at the Nature Center are always FREE, thanks to the Conservation State Sales Tax.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center

MDC: Trout harvest begins February 1

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 28, 2020

Jackson’s Rotary Lake, Farmington’s Giessing Lake and Perryville’s Legion Lake are stocked and ready.

A man holds a rainbow trout.

MDC and partners host FREE Landowner Workshop Series in Park Hills throughout February

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 14, 2020
Weekly evening courses for landowners will focus on Chronic Wasting Disease, water quality, quail habitat and sustainable forest harvests.
two bucks browsing

Cape Nature Center opens 2020 with Bear Paint Pour, Campfire Stories, Field to Freezer programs

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 03, 2020
Programs at the nature center are always FREE, thanks to the conservation state sales tax.
Bear Paint Pour

MDC encourages recycling of real Christmas trees as habitat for fish, wildlife

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 30, 2019
Consider recycling them for habitat under water, above ground or as mulch for native plantings.
decorated Christmas tree

MDC: Tests show seven new Chronic Wasting Disease cases in southeast Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 30, 2019

New positives in the CWD management zone are reason to ‘step up’ CWD management efforts.

A deer that tested positive for CWD found in Ste. Genevieve County in October 2019.

MDC reminds parents free MO Outdoors app provides ideas for holiday break activities

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 16, 2019
Use the app to easily plan time outdoors with children while they’re out of school.
MO Outdoors

Cape Nature Center offers candlelit wood walk Dec. 20

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 12, 2019

Enjoy White Oak Trace trail at night for a serene nature experience.

A nature trail in the winter.

MDC names Tony Jaco as new regional administrator in Southeast region

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 12, 2019

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

Tony Jaco stands next to the MDC logo.

Bass skills, trout cooking, and fish-themed Christmas tree wrap up Year of Fish at Cape Nature Center

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 05, 2019

A lucky winner of the nature center’s Year of Fish contest will be announced Dec. 21.

The Christmas decor at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center

MDC: Some wildlife hibernate, while others need a helping hand as they den up for winter

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 05, 2019

Brush piles, dormant plants and leaf litter provide cover for small wildlife in the colder months.

A groundhog in the brush.

Cape Nature Center’s FREE December programs include hunting Mastodons, woodworking

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 26, 2019

Guests will also conclude 2019, the Year of Fishing, with a trout cleaning clinic Dec. 21.

A nature trail in the winter.

MDC wetland managers share tips as duck season approaches

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 25, 2019

Southeast region managed wetland area habitat provides solid opportunity despite the year’s floods.

Several ducks swim in a wetland area.

MDC forester says southeast Missouri fall color is finally on the move

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 25, 2019

Some yellow, orange, scarlet, and violet hues appeared early while many trees are still green.

Bur oak leaves with fall color

MDC hosts “Fool a Fish” fishing clinic for kids Oct. 30, costumes welcome

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 21, 2019

Children are invited to dress up as a fish, a fish predator or a nocturnal animal for this themed fishing clinic.

MDC logo carved in a pumpkin.

MDC stocks trout in southeast Missouri lakes

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 17, 2019
More than 6,500 trout are headed to lakes in Jackson, Perryville and Farmington.
rainbow trout in hands

Cape Nature Center announces November programs, including a Fall hike

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 16, 2019
Take in the beauty of autumn during a hike at Hawn State Park Saturday, Nov. 2.
Trees at Hawn State Park

Quail coveys are calling, biologists are counting

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 15, 2019

Now’s the time to evaluate land for quail populations and habitat.

Six quails graze together in their covey.

Cape Nature Center leads Cape LaCroix Creek Stream Team efforts

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 11, 2019
Despite the surrounding high population, macro-invertebrate surveys result in excellent ratings.
Naturalist Alex Holmes inventories macro-invertebrates

MDC gives Orchard Elementary fourth graders hands on training in tree planting

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 11, 2019
Students learned about the importance of trees and how to plant them.
kids delivering mulch in wheel barrow

Cape Nature Center announces October programs, including a Fall Festival

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 25, 2019
Guests can make a longbow, hike Seventy-Six Conservation Area, or learn archery skills in October.
MDC logo carved into a pumpkin

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.

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