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MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces April programs

News from the region

Central
Mar 26, 2019

Programs include hiking, birding, outdoor cooking and more.

Blue bird

March 30 MDC program focuses on snakes, turtles, lizards

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 26, 2019

Live reptiles will be part of program at Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center.

Black snake

MDC offers ammunition cartridge reloading workshop in Kirksville April 8-9

News from the region

Northeast
Mar 25, 2019

Register to attend a free course on basic reloading of metallic cartridges.

Ammo reloading workshop.

MDC presents program on history of the longrifle at Runge Nature Center April 25

News from the region

Central
Mar 25, 2019

Explore history, legend and lore of one of the most impactful implements on the American frontier.

Longrifle history

Columbia Bottom closed due to potential of flooding, MDC urges caution near rivers and streams

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 25, 2019

MDC anticipates the possibility of water overtopping the levee near the area due to rising river levels.

Water flowing over the levee in 2013

MDC invites public to native plant sale and workshop April 6 in Springfield

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 22, 2019
Springfield Conservation Nature Center event has good information for homeowners.
Butterfly Milkweed in Bloom

MDC invites public to learn about turkey hunting basics

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 21, 2019
Free April 3 clinic at Walter Woods Conservation Area has tips for all levels of experience.
turkey hunter calling in a bird

Celebrate Missouri trees with MDC through Arbor Days in April

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 20, 2019
MDC encourage people to plant native trees and practice proper tree care.
family planting a sapling in the yard

MDC and rural fire departments are partners in fighting wildfires

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 20, 2019
Smokey Bear lends an assist in his 75th anniversary year
person fighting wildfire

MDC offers beginner’s birding class at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area March 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
This is an excellent opportunity for those new to birdwatching to get off to a great start with help from MDC naturalists.
great egret

MDC hosts women’s shotgun clinic near Columbia April 2

News from the region

Central
Mar 20, 2019
Register today for a free opportunity to learn safe handling and shooting techniques.
woman shooting shotgun in field

Powder Valley Nature Center presents Missouri Waters multimedia program April 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
Two charismatic entertainers weave stories and thoughts on nature with photos and a live music performance.
Dragonfly on end of stick

Learn cane-pole fishing with MDC at free classes in April in Forest Park

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
Cast a line back in time and discover fishing the way grandpa did it by attending one of two free classes.
cane pole fishing gear

Conservation Federation of Missouri offers $8,500 reward to help MDC with elk poaching conviction

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 19, 2019

Officials hope reward will lead to convictions in the case of two adult elk shot in February in Shannon County.

Dead bull elk.

Missouri River flooding prompts MDC to close several conservation areas in northwest region

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 19, 2019

Areas are closed due to high water or access and public safety issues

High rising water near boat ramp.

MDC receives award for assistance with renovations at City Lake in Union

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 19, 2019

A Community Assistance Program grant from MDC enabled extensive improvements for fish and anglers.

The Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA) awarded MDC its 2019 Organization Citation Award in February for assistance in renovating City Lake in Union.

MDC: Twin Pines CEC reopens April 2, hosts annual Heritage Day April 13

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 19, 2019

Heritage Day features fish fry, kid’s fishing and many demonstrations.

Twin Pines

Make nature your spring break destination at MDC’s Runge Nature Center

News from the region

Central
Mar 19, 2019

Programs for all ages make fun and educational opportunities to enjoy spring break in Jefferson City.

Kids discovering nature.

MDC forecasts challenging spring turkey hunting season

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 18, 2019
Poor production in recent years will make for a more challenging season.
2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Booklet Cover

MDC finding fewer endangered prairie chickens despite conservation efforts

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 18, 2019
Populations at Taberville and Wah’ Kon-Tah prairies imperiled
male and female prairie chicken in field

Join MDC for an Evening with Wildlife in Milan March 19

News from the region

Northeast
Mar 18, 2019
Family friendly tradeshow-style event offers opportunity for all ages to learn about important conservation issues.
quail covey

MDC presents free Missouri turkey calls program April 4

News from the region

Central
Mar 15, 2019
Learn about the origins, history, and function of these utilitarian and artful calls, including the artists who make them.
a selection of five turkey calls

New Stockton Lake spotted bass regulation increases opportunity

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 15, 2019
MDC's aim is to benefit anglers, other sportfish populations with new length limit.
Spotted bass on measuring tray

MDC hosts native plant sale at Runge Nature Center March 23

News from the region

Central
Mar 14, 2019
Novice gardeners to professional landscapers can prepare for spring with native plants, information.
native plants in field

MDC invites public to learn about turkey hunting basics

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 14, 2019
Free clinics at Dalton Range, Springfield Nature Center, will have tips for youths and adults.
two turkey hunters in camo sitting against 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) 815-7901
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
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