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Grand opening planned for fishing at Cape County Park North Lake

News from the region

Southeast
May 22, 2018

Missouri Department of Conservation fisheries biologists will lead fishing programs, provide equipment.

Catfish.

Scout coordinates donation of 200 fish habitat structures for Little River CA

News from the region

Southeast
May 22, 2018

All 200 structures were placed in Jerry P. Combs Lake to improve fish habitat.

fish habitat structures

Missouri Stream Team seeks volunteers to help clean up Black River

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 30, 2018

Free camping is available for volunteers who sign up in advance.

Lady picking up trash.

Author, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year to visit Cape Girardeau May 29

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 27, 2018

Meet Jennifer Pharr Davis and ‘Explore the Extra Mile’ at this free event.

image of Jennifer Pharr Davis in promotional ad for Explore the Extra Mile event

Seventy bags of trash collected, unexpected items found along Cape LaCroix Creek

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 24, 2018

MDC appreciates the 124 volunteers who joined in efforts to ‘Bash Trash’ this weekend.

Students picking up trash.

MDC needs your help to solve illegal poaching case in southeast Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 23, 2018

Conservation agent seeks more information on dumping of 163 turtles in Hayti.

pile of dead turtles with truck in background

Join efforts to ‘Bash Trash’ at Cape La Croix Creek this Saturday

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 18, 2018

Volunteers sought to help clean up the creek as part of Friends of the Park Day.

Kids picking up trash

New CWD positives found locally with help from hunters and landowners

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 13, 2018

New cases of CWD mean MDC plans additional management actions.

MDC Staff donating venison for Share the Harvest

Protecting wildlife habitat, landowners’ crops proves rewarding work for feral hog trappers

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 13, 2018

Feral hog trapping may not be the dream, but it’s a rewarding reality for local conservation employees.

feral hogs in trap

No typical workday means conservation agents train for any scenario

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 06, 2018

Routine training includes tactical defense, mental health awareness, fitness and other topics.

agents shooting pistols at targets as part of completing firearms qualifications

Enjoy the arrival of warmer weather, active wildlife at a conservation area near you

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 27, 2018

As March closes, nature showcases the sights, smells and sounds of spring.

Flowers

MDC asks motorists to watch out for turtles as they become active

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 23, 2018

Thousands of turtles are killed each year on roadways, others are taken captive by well-meaning people.

ornate box turtle

Ring in spring with nature programs at MDC’s Cape Nature Center

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 16, 2018

Reconnect with nature through native flowers, barn owl boxes, geocaching and archery.

Calendar of programs

MDC conducts prescribed burns across southeast region Wednesday and Thursday

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 14, 2018

The public may see several small fires on conservation areas, but be assured they are planned and supervised.

woodland prescribed burn

MDC partners with Cape Girardeau County to manage North and South County Park Lakes

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 02, 2018

MDC’s Community Assistance Program offers close-to-home fishing opportunities throughout the state.

Cape Girardeau County Lake

MDC Cape Nature Center to host annual Native Plant and Garden Seminar March 10

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 26, 2018

Learn where to find native plants and how to grow them at this popular annual event.

Native plants.

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts ‘Feeding Frenzy’ March 8

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 23, 2018

Watch volunteers and naturalists feed the center’s reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Snake eating a mouse.

Human, muskrat relationship status: It’s complicated

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 06, 2018

Although valuable to the environment, muskrats can wreak havoc on a pond.

muskrat swimming

Trout harvest begins Feb. 1

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 17, 2018

Lakes in Jackson, Farmington and Perryville are stocked and ready.

Angler releasing a trout.

Cape Girardeau workshop Feb. 13 teaches prescribed fire as land, wildlife management tool

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 08, 2018

Landowners should preregister for their desired workshop time.

MDC employee conducting a prescribed fire.

MDC: Stay informed with MDC news, find your local contacts

News from the region

Southeast
Ozark
Jan 05, 2018

From online field guides to local employee directories, it’s easier than ever to connect with MDC.

MDC Contact Webpage

Kick off 2018 with events at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 04, 2018

Don’t miss wild edibles, wild game cooking, fishing, winter tree ID and maple sugaring.

tree tapping for maple sugaring

MDC naturalist explains how wildlife survive winter

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 28, 2017

You may be surprised by who hibernates and who doesn’t.

Opossum in the snow.

Christmas trees can be one last gift to nature

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 21, 2017

Recycle your live Christmas tree by converting it to fish and wildlife habitat.

Christmas tree laying in the snow.

Cape Nature Center Christmas tree showcases natural beauty

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 19, 2017

Consider adding natural items such as pine cones and acorns to your own Christmas tree.

Christmas tree.

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MDC Media Staff

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