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Best birding sites will be the focus of Jan. 13 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 08, 2021

Program will highlight 10 great birding sites in Missouri

White pelicans take off from wetland

MDC virtual program to focus on winter bird feeding

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 08, 2021

Jan. 13 event will discuss types of feeders, types of feed, and other details of winter bird feeding.

A house finch at a bird feeder.

Kids can enjoy nature-oriented stories and songs at Jan. 13 MDC online event

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 06, 2021
Virtual program designed for ages 2-6.
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High COVID numbers force MDC to temporarily close Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 04, 2021
Staff will continue to conduct virtual events and operate phones at facility.
Shoal Creek Sign

Learn about white bass fishing at Jan. 12 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 29, 2020
Get tips on how to hook this popular sportfish at this online event.
white bass

Trail renovations planned at MDC's Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 22, 2020
Beginning Jan. 5, portions of trails will be closed while work is underway.
Springfield Nature Center Boardwalk Trail Sign

Learn about barred owls at Dec. 29 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 22, 2020
Get tips on how to look and listen for this nocturnal bird at this online event.
barred owl

MDC to temporarily close several southwest Missouri offices to public due to rising COVID-19 concerns

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 11, 2020
Affected MDC offices will be closed to public beginning Dec. 14.
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New Dallas County conservation agent is not new to area

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 09, 2020

Derick Childers grew up in nearby Laclede County community of Conway.

Derick Childers

MDC virtual program to focus on rabbit hunting

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 08, 2020

Free online program will feature hunting strategies and tips on processing harvested game.

A family rabbit hunt

Birds highlight Springfield Nature Center's December schedule

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 03, 2020

Programs on waterfowl, barred owls, and Big Year birding results are planned.

Barred owl on branch

MDC Dec. 9 online program has tips for preparing fish

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 01, 2020

Get tips on smoking, pickling, canning, and other ways to prepare fish from the wild.

Trout

Learn to identify trees in winter at Dec. 12 MDC program near Branson

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 01, 2020
Program will include outdoor hike near Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.
trees in winter

MDC's Springfield Nature Center trails to be closed Dec. 12-14 for managed archery deer hunt

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 01, 2020
Nature Center building will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 12.
Springfield Conservation Nature Center sign

MDC online program on Dec. 2 offers tips on grilling fish

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 30, 2020

Get information on the techniques and ingredients needed to grill or bake fish from the wild.

Fish on grill

Nov. 25 MDC online program offers tips on frying fish

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 23, 2020

Get information on types of oil, seasonings, and methods at this free event.

Fried crappie filets

Natural Events calendars available at MDC offices in Springfield and Joplin

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 23, 2020

MDC Springfield Nature Center and Southwest Regional Office have reopened to public.

2021 Natural Events calendar

MDC invites people to walk off that turkey with a nature hike on Nov. 28

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 23, 2020

Hike along scenic Lake Taneycomo for some exercise and nature viewing.

Lake Taneycomo

MDC reminds deer hunters to follow safe firearms practices at all times

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 17, 2020
Self-inflicted mishaps on opening weekend drive home the importance of firearms safety
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Though CWD sampling is voluntary, MDC still hopes to see hunters at sample collection sites in CWD Zone counties

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 09, 2020
MDC also has sample collection drop-off sites in southwest Missouri.
CWD sampling 2

Go on a scavenger hunt at MDC's Springfield Nature Center in November

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 06, 2020

People can search for items on the nature center trails on self-guided hikes.

Family scavenger hunt

MDC reminds hunters not to bait deer

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 05, 2020

State's baiting regulations based on ethical and biological principles.

Group of white tailed deer

MDC to offer virtual tree pruning workshop on Nov. 12

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 28, 2020

Free program will provide tips on the proper techniques and tools to use.

Pruning shears

MDC Lebanon office to be reclassified as a field office

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 26, 2020

Public will still be able to connect with appropriate MDC staff.

Entrance sign to MDC's Lebanon office

Oct. 29 MDC virtual program to provide deer processing tips

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 20, 2020

Online "Field to Freezer" program will discuss the steps needed to transform a harvested deer into packaged venison

Hunter cutting venison meat

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Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
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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