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MDC connects people with nature's fall harvest of wild edibles

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 28, 2020

Free foraging and outdoor cooking classes on tap in Kansas City

Fall edible spread

MDC encourages people to counter window strikes during fall bird migration

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 28, 2020

Preventing window strikes is one small way to make an impact for birds over the long-term.

Yellow bellied sapsucker that collided with a window

Henges and Busch Shooting Ranges offer field to freezer deer processing classes Oct. 6

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 28, 2020

Hunters can learn the important skills of handling and preparing their deer immediately after harvest.

Deer hunter in woods with rifle

MDC seeks Trivia Tuesday competitors for nature game in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 25, 2020

Have fun connecting with nature at Gorman Discovery Center

Yellow garden spider

MDC conservation agent wins regional, state, and national honors

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 25, 2020

Jasper County agent Will Carr wins MDC and Safari Club awards.

Will Carr with Jason Dickey and Scott Burger

MDC agents rescue deer tangled in soccer net in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 25, 2020
Young white-tailed buck was release unharmed
buck entangled in soccer net

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

Fall colors of trees and vines are focus of Oct. 2 MDC online program

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 25, 2020
People can learn more about fall color they may see on a typical Ozarks trail.
sumac in red fall color

Firearms turkey hunting expected to be similar to recent seasons

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 24, 2020
MDC brood-survey results show turkey production will likely be on-par with last several years.
turkey in tall grass

MDC offers free autumn Discover Nature—Fishing lessons in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 24, 2020

Participants will learn fishing techniques and go fishing with instructor help

MDC staff help a mother and daughter bait a fishing hook

MDC invites families to create a hellbender craft at Busch Conservation Area Oct. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 24, 2020

Find artistic inspiration in this unusual and endangered salamander.

Hellbender

MDC offers free guided Missouri River float trips on Oct. 15 at Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 23, 2020
Participants must register by Oct. 9 and attend orientation session
woman kayaking on Missouri River

MDC reminds anglers of regulation change regarding the use of live bait

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 23, 2020

Fish defined as invasive, such as common and grass carp, cannot be used as live bait.

Common carp

Join MDC Wild Webcast Oct. 20 to learn about creepy critters

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 23, 2020
Register at short.mdc.mo.gov/Z2v and join the webcast live at noon.
Chestnut Lamprey Open Mouth

Sept. 25 MDC program will provide gardening tips for attracting pollinators

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 22, 2020

Online event will provide information on how to attract beneficial insects to your yard.

Swallowtail butterfly

Learn to make and catch fish with cane fishing poles at MDC workshop in Lancaster

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 22, 2020

Register to attend a FREE Discover Nature – Fishing workshop for all ages.

Cane fishing pole equipment

Learn to make and catch fish with cane fishing poles at MDC workshop in Lancaster

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 22, 2020
Register to attend a FREE Discover Nature – Fishing workshop for all ages.
fishing gear

Learn to make and catch fish with cane fishing poles at MDC workshop in Lancaster

Sep 22, 2020
Register to attend a FREE Discover Nature – Fishing workshop for all ages.

MDC offers hunter education skills class Oct. 13 in Chillicothe

Sep 22, 2020
Class allows new hunters to complete required hunter education course
man teaching hunter education to girl

MDC welcomes fall with Sept. 26 guided hike at Tywappity Community Lake

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 22, 2020
Guided hike at MDC area in Scott County will consist of 2.5-mile trek.
great blue heron

Learn how to eat well outdoors at MDC virtual cooking for camping and hiking class Sept. 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 21, 2020

From fire to feast, outdoor trekkers will learn the basics of cooking in the wild and then some with this free class.

Outdoor food

MDC’s Cape Girardeau Nature Center to host in-person bow-making workshops in October

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 21, 2020

Participants will get a chance to learn how to make a traditional longbow.

Cape Girardeau Nature Center

MDC kids' program focuses on nature's small wonders

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 21, 2020

Program highlights insects and other creatures that thrive on a forest floor.

Forest floor

Trees are focus of MDC online kids' program on Sept. 24

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 18, 2020

Children can learn more about the many benefits trees provide at free virtual program.

Fall tree scene

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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