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Application period for 2020 managed dove hunts on Columbia Bottom CA opens July 1-31

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 30, 2020

Hunters will be able to apply online to participate in this year’s Columbia Bottom managed dove hunts.

A dove hunter sits in a field with his shotgun.

MDC begins online education programs in St. Louis region this June

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 10, 2020

Those interested in learning about nature and outdoor recreation can connect with MDC experts from computers or mobile devices.

Nicki Wheaton with snake

MDC invites everyone to celebrate National Trails Day on a St. Louis region hiking trail

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 04, 2020

With many and varied trails to choose from, hiking is a perfect way to enjoy nature while following current social distancing guidelines.

A man hikes on a trail

Registration for 2020 Upper Mississippi Waterfowl Blind Drawings opens June 20

News from the region

St. Louis
May 27, 2020
Waterfowl hunters have until July 5 to enter the drawing for blind sites to be held July 7.
Waterfowl hunter in blind

Peanut the Turtle returns from recent surgery; now recovering and doing well

News from the region

St. Louis
May 14, 2020

The world-famous red-eared slider underwent an operation at the Saint Louis Zoo earlier in May to correct a life-threatening medical condition.

Peanut the Turtle swims in her aquarium

MDC reroutes and renovates multi-use trail at Daniel Boone Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
May 12, 2020

The new trail modifications will provide an improved experience for trail users and help protect a delicate natural area.

Daniel Boone Conservation Area trail head

MDC and St. Louis area City Nature Challenge 2020 partners invite everyone to join worldwide citizen science effort kicking off April 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 23, 2020

You can become a scientist in the St. Louis region by taking part in this global citizen science data collecting effort.

The iNaturalist app on a smart phone.

Crawford County Conservation Agent Patrice Reese named Outstanding Agent of the Year for MDC’s St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 20, 2020

Conservation Agent Patrice Reese recently received the St. Louis region’s top honor among her peers.

Patrice Reese

St. Louis Community College uses MDC TRIM Grant to remove invasive trees

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 02, 2020
TRIM grants up to $25K can help communities and non-profits manage tree resources on public spaces.
Certified arborist David Slane

UPDATE: Forest Park’s Jefferson Lake closure for renovation delayed to Aug. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 02, 2020

The estimated completion of the project has been adjusted to summer of 2022.

A man fishes at Jefferson Lake in Forest Park.

Forest Park’s Jefferson Lake closes to fishing April 1 for renovation project

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 30, 2020

The project is tentatively expected to be completed and public fishing at Jefferson Lake to reopen June of 2021.

A man fishes at Jefferson Lake in Forest Park.

MDC joins unique St. Louis area partnership to help hunters feed those in need

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 18, 2020

Missouri hunters donated over 300 deer last year through Share the Harvest program to provide food for the hungry.

Operation Food Search Food Donations Manager Jack Baran with Conservation Agent Captain Scott Corley

MDC holds pond management workshop for landowners in Warrenton March 25

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 09, 2020

UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM/EVENT TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.

A pond at sunset

MDC holds pond management workshop for landowners April 1 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 02, 2020

UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.

A pond on private property

Jay Henges Shooting Range welcomes champion caller Keith Wahlig for Beginning Turkey Hunting seminar March 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 27, 2020
Novice and advanced turkey hunters both can learn tips and tricks to get the most out of spring turkey season.
man and boy walking in woods with turkey decoy

MDC to hold prescribed burn workshop in Warrenton March 6

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 26, 2020

Landowners can learn how using prescribed fire can improve their land at a free workshop.

A prescribed burn

Powder Valley Nature Center announces winners of its nature photo contest

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 25, 2020

The winning photographs were selected in eight categories from 100 entries.

A photo of a Carolina wren sitting on a log.

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong to add encore presentation Feb 20 at Powder Valley Nature Center

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 07, 2020

Due to popular demand, MDC’s photographer has scheduled a second presentation to share his award-winning images of Missouri’s wildlife and landscapes.

Noppadol Paothong stops to smile for the camera out in nature.

MDC offering waterfowl workshops in St. Louis region this March to give input on upcoming seasons

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 06, 2020
MDC workshops in Elsberry and St. Charles will solicit hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2021-2025 seasons.
waterfowl hunter in blind

Powder Valley Nature Center presents “For the Love of Bees” program Saturday, Feb. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 03, 2020
The free family event will enable visitors to see and taste the work of our native pollinating heroes.
honeybee on flower

MDC offering three prescribed burn workshops during March in the St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 03, 2020
Participants will learn how to harness this effective land management tool at these free workshops being held in St. Charles, Lincoln, and Jefferson Counties.
MDC Staff Person Conducting a Prescribed Burn

Jay Henges Shooting Range holds antler scoring event Feb. 8

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 22, 2020

Hunters can have racks gathered through harvest or shed collecting officially certified.

An MDC employee inspects an antler for scoring.

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong program this Friday at Powder Valley Nature Center rescheduled for Feb. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 16, 2020
Program rescheduled for February due to potentially dangerous driving conditions and weather on Friday.
Noppadol Paothong

Powder Valley Nature Center presents an Evening with Raptors program Jan. 31

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 09, 2020
St. Louis Sprout and About will join MDC to help visitors discover an ancient hunting partnership between humans and birds.
man holding a falcon on glove

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong speaking at Powder Valley Nature Center Jan. 17

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2020

Reservations are now open to see MDC’s award-winning photographer as he shares stunning images of Missouri’s wildlife and landscapes.

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong poses with his camera in nature.

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