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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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
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)
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