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Learn more about birds Jan 4 through Springfield Nature Center’s “Big Year” program

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 26, 2019
Jan. 4 event kicks off year-long, family oriented, bird-watching effort.
Birders looking for birds

MDC invites public to take First Day Hike Jan. 1 at Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 20, 2019

MDC staff will lead winter trek to highlight features of this popular conservation area.

The Scenic Overlook sign at Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area.

B-I-N-G-O spells wildlife fun at MDC Jan. 2 program in Joplin

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 20, 2019
Free event at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center helps families learn about animals while playing bingo.
Wildlife Bingo Card

Programs on eagles and other birds highlight January schedule at MDC's Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 19, 2019
Eagle Days, Owl Prowl, and Waterfowl Identification are among the bird programs planned for January.
bald eagle flying

MDC offers free series of classes on hunting and firearms at Dalton Range

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 16, 2019
'Learn to Hunt' and 'Learn to Shoot' series of programs begin in January.
two males hunting

Get tips on woodcarving at free event Dec. 28 at MDC's Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 13, 2019
Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists to provide insight at event.
woodcarving

MDC invites people to learn about snakes Dec. 27 at Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 11, 2019

Free program will feature a chance to get up-close views of live snakes.

A rough green snake on a tree branch.

MDC names Max Alleger as new regional administrator in Southwest Region

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 09, 2019
Alleger will lead regional operations to deliver conservation strategic priorities and performance measures.
Max Alleger

MDC women's event provides tips on cooking with a Dutch oven

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 06, 2019
Learn at this Dec. 21 Springfield Nature Center program how this pioneer-era cooking utensil can still produce tasty dishes today.
Dutch oven cooking

MDC events in Springfield, Joplin invite people to take a break from holiday frenzy

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 02, 2019
Events at Springfield Nature Center and Shoal Creek Conservation Center offer relaxing alternatives to seasonal bustle.
holiday event

MDC invites people to make holiday crafts at programs in December

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 26, 2019

Free programs in Branson, Joplin, and Springfield show how to transform outdoor items into beautiful ornaments.

Pinecones in grass

MDC invites public to search for short-eared owls on Dec. 7

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 26, 2019

Owl found on prairies will be focus of hike at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area.

A short-eared owl sits in a grassland.

MDC's Springfield Nature Center looking for volunteers

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 26, 2019

Dec. 10 meeting will be for people interested in volunteering at nature center.

Springfield Conservation Nature Center sign

Renowned wildlife photographer shares his secrets at Springfield Nature Center Dec. 6

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 25, 2019

Free program provides helpful tips for nature photography enthusiasts.

A woman crouches to take a nature photograph.

MDC invites public to learn about fly fishing at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center Dec. 6, Dec. 14

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 25, 2019

Two-part program features indoor session in Joplin and hands-on fishing at Roaring River.

A woman stands in a river fly fishing.

MDC offers Master Naturalist volunteer training in Joplin

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 22, 2019
People must attend orientation on Dec. 12 or Jan. 6 to take part in training.
Master Naturalist Volunteers planting in field

Learn how to attract birds to your backyard at a Nov. 9 MDC program

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 01, 2019

People can get tips at a free event at MDC's Southwest Regional Office in Springfield.

A cardinal and other birds perch on a birdhouse.

Learn about fall color Nov. 9 at MDC's Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 30, 2019

Participants can learn why leaves change color and will go on a fall hike.

Maple leaves with orange fall color.

Award-winning wildlife photographer shares secrets Nov. 8 at MDC's Springfield Conservation Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 30, 2019

Free program provides helpful hints for nature photography enthusiasts.

Nature photographer Noppadol Paothong holds his camera.

MDC's Springfield Nature Center will go to winter schedule Nov. 1

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 29, 2019

Trails open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, building will be closed Sundays and Mondays.

The entrance sign to the Springfield Nature Center.

MDC wins community planning public outreach award

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 28, 2019

MDC honored for its Conservation Planning Tools Reference Manual.

Community Conservation Planner Ronda Burnett poses with the Outstanding Initiative Award with Missouri APA Chapter President Jason Ray.

MDC conservation agent wins state employee award

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 22, 2019

Lawrence County's Andy Barnes earns honor with long list of achievements.

Lawrence County conservation agent Andy Barnes

MDC program to give deer processing tips Nov. 8 in Joplin

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 21, 2019

Free "Field to Freezer" event set for Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center.

A pair of tongs flips a venison steak on a grill.

Get tips on attracting birds to your backyard at Nov. 2 MDC program

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 21, 2019

People can take home free bird feeder from free event at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center.

A bird perched on bird feeder.

MDC offers waterfowl ID program at Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 21, 2019

Participants will get chance to test their identification skills at free Nov. 1 program.

A wood duck swims in a lake.

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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