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MDC’s Cape Nature Center to offer Tree Tapping 101 program, much more in Jan.

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 04, 2021

Mark your calendar to attend MDC’s free in-person and virtual events this winter.

MDC staff teach a woman how to tree tap.

MDC, City of Dexter provide new well at Dexter City Lake

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 29, 2020
Without replacing the well, water levels would have dropped, possibly resulting in fish die-off.
new well at the north end of Dexter City Lake

MDC reminds public to pick up trash, not litter when visiting conservation areas

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 28, 2020
Conservation area visitors are asked to please take trash bags for picking up litter and properly disposing of it.
freeing a ruddy duck from fishing line

MDC to close Cape Nature Center, Southeast Regional Offices to public amid rising COVID-19 concerns

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 18, 2020

MDC Southeast Regional Offices and Cape Girardeau Nature Center will close to the public beginning Dec. 21.

MDC logo

MDC’s Prucinsky ‘incredibly excited’ to be named Cape Nature Center manager

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 10, 2020

Prucinsky said she’s excited to discover more about the unique natural history of Missouri.

Laci Prucinsky

MDC’s Cape Nature Center’s free December programs include candlelit wood walk, much more

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 02, 2020
Mark your calendar to attend this month’s family friendly events.
two boys at campfire

MDC to host ‘one-of-a-kind’ holiday gift-making event Dec. 7 in Puxico

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 25, 2020
Learn how to use items such as tree cookies, twigs, pine needles, pinecones, and acorns to make rustic ornaments and other treasures.
six women holding ornaments

MDC Cape Nature Center, Southeast Regional Offices to close for Thanksgiving

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 24, 2020
Cape Girardeau Nature Center and Southeast Regional Offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center

MDC reminds hunters of fall, winter safety measures

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 24, 2020
Wear hunter orange when applicable, check your equipment, have permission to hunt an area and follow that area’s regulations.
hunter aiming rifle

MDC to host free 2-day women-only duck hunt clinic in in Puxico in December

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 23, 2020
Ammunition will be provided and participants will need to have completed hunter education.
five female duck hunters

MDC reminds deer, turkey hunters of baiting guidelines

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 12, 2020

The use of bait while hunting an area -- including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey -- is prohibited.

2020 Fall Deer & Turkey booklet

Mississippi Lime donates over 2,000 pounds of venison through MDC’s Share the Harvest

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 02, 2020

The packaged venison is given to local food banks and food pantries for distribution.

Paul Arnold and Rob Sulkowski

MDC provides drop-off sites in Southeast region to aid hunters in voluntary CWD testing

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 29, 2020

Deer drop-off locations are in Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, and Jefferson counties.

CWD testing drop-off

MDC to stock nearly 7,000 rainbow trout during first week of Nov.

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 28, 2020

Mark your calendar for this year’s winter trout fishing program.

Stocked rainbow trout

MDC to present Oct. 14 not-so-spooky virtual story time

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2020
Listen and learn why some of Missouri’s “scary” critters shouldn’t be feared at all.
two kids looking at tablet

Explore fall with MDC’s hand-picked guide to 10 paddle sport locations

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2020
Don’t forget to grab your binoculars for spotting wildlife and gorgeous fall foliage.
family kayaking

MDC to host free virtual event Oct. 15 to help preserve future of chinquapin trees

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2020
Learn the value of protecting this relative to the American chestnut.
Ozark Chinquapin Nut

MDC Cape Nature Center to host Oct. 8 recycled paper bead art event

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 02, 2020

Learn how to repurpose magazines for great holiday gifts while also helping the environment.

Paper beads

MDC’s Cape Nature Center’s October programs include canoeing at Tywappity Lake, deer hunting for beginners and night hike on Pawpaw Valley Trail

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 01, 2020

Mark your calendar to attend this month’s family friendly events

Kids night hike

Learn why it's good for some animals to be slimy at Oct. 6 MDC kids program

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 29, 2020

Online event will explore the ooey-gooey squirmy side of nature.

Slug on leaf

Learn how milkweed helps pollinators at Oct. 2 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 29, 2020

Online event will provide information on the benefits of this plant.

Swallowtail butterfly on milkweed

MDC invites public to paddle by moonlight on Oct. 2

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 29, 2020

Perry County Community Lake will be the site for the night-time float.

Sunset float

Wildlife diets will be focus of Oct. 8 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 29, 2020

Participants can watch animals eat at Cape Girardeau Nature Center during online event

Group of crickets

MDC's Cape Nature Center’s two-headed black rat snake turns 15

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 25, 2020

Catch a glimpse of the snake devouring her weekly meal.

Two-headed black western ratsnake

Headwaters Access to open Sept. 26 following upgrades to entrance road, parking, angled boat ramp

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 25, 2020
New design will reduce bank erosion and maintenance while increasing parking area and improving public access.
Headwaters Access Sign

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Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Josh.hartwig@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
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