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MDC invites public to Eagle Days at Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 10, 2020

Free event on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 is great way to learn about eagles in Missouri.

A bald eagle in flight.

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 fishing program wins governor’s award for innovation

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 09, 2020

Roaring River Fish Hatchery staff recognized for providing special “First Hole” fishing experience for new anglers.

MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley poses with Governor Mike Parson and the Roaring River Fish Hatchery staff at the Missouri State Capitol.

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.

MDC reports 12,000 deer taken during alternative-methods portion

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 08, 2020
Top harvest counties: Callaway with 315 deer harvested, Franklin with 297, and Pike with 261.
buck in tall grass

MDC offers women’s basic handgun workshop Jan. 28 in Callaway County

News from the region

Central
Jan 07, 2020

Preregister today to attend this free program for women ages 14 and older.

An MDC agent helps a woman learn to shoot a handgun.

Attend MDC waterfowl workshops to give input on upcoming seasons

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 07, 2020
MDC workshops in January, February, and March will solicit hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2021-2025 seasons.
duck hunters in blind

MDC offers prescribed burn workshop Jan. 24 in Gasconade County

News from the region

Central
Jan 06, 2020
Register to attend this FREE workshop on fire as an important land-management tool.
managing property with prescribed fire

MDC 2019 Notable News

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 06, 2020
Permit changes, possible elk hunting among notable news for the past year.
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MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces January programs

News from the region

Central
Jan 06, 2020
Program topics include fly tying, Canada goose hunting, predators, owls, wildlife in winter, and more.
saw-whet owl

March 6 deadline for MDC Arbor Award of Excellence nominations

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 06, 2020
MDC and MCFC encourage nominations of local tree stewards for award recognition. Nominations are due by March 6.
Arbor Award of Excellence Winners

MDC to host Eagle Days in Clarksville Jan. 25-26

News from the region

Northeast
Jan 06, 2020
Discover nature this winter and witness one of the best opportunities for eagle watching in the country.
Eagle Swooping

MDC Twin Pines Conservation Education Center to host Eagle Days Jan. 9

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 03, 2020

Guests can get an up-close look at a bald eagle and golden eagle.

Two bald eagles in a nest.

MDC invites public to learn about and listen for owls Jan. 10

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 03, 2020

Springfield Nature Center program will feature live owls and evening hikes on trails.

A close-up of a screech owl.

MDC hosts family intro to firearms class at Busch Shooting Range Jan. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 03, 2020

The free program will be an opportunity for all ages to learn the basics of a wide variety of firearms.

Types of firearms.

Cape Nature Center opens 2020 with Bear Paint Pour, Campfire Stories, Field to Freezer programs

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 03, 2020
Programs at the nature center are always FREE, thanks to the conservation state sales tax.
Bear Paint Pour

MDC invites public to Eagle Adventure at Runge Nature Center Feb. 1

News from the region

Central
Jan 02, 2020

Discover nature this winter with live eagle presentations, new exhibits in Jefferson City.

Two bald eagles perch on a tree branch.

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation hosts Winter in the Woods Festival Saturday, Feb. 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 02, 2020

Formerly known as the Maple Sugar Festival, this free family event has now expanded to embrace many more aspects of winter.

Visitors gather for Rockwoods Reservation's Winter in the Woods Festival.

MDC workshops teach prescribed fire as land, wildlife management tool

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 02, 2020

Landowners should pre-register for their desired workshop date and location.

Staff initiating prescribed fire.

MDC encourages recycling of real Christmas trees as habitat for fish, wildlife

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 30, 2019
Consider recycling them for habitat under water, above ground or as mulch for native plantings.
decorated Christmas tree

MDC: Tests show seven new Chronic Wasting Disease cases in southeast Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 30, 2019

New positives in the CWD management zone are reason to ‘step up’ CWD management efforts.

A deer that tested positive for CWD found in Ste. Genevieve County in October 2019.

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

Donate Christmas trees to wildlife at MDC Central Regional Office drop-off site

News from the region

Central
Dec 24, 2019
Recycling Christmas trees can help improve fish and wildlife habitat in central Missouri.
MDC staff submerging Christmas trees for fish habitat

MDC’s Runge Nature Center offers free family fun at Holiday Happenings

News from the region

Central
Dec 23, 2019
Family-friendly event in Jefferson City will include games, crafts, nature walks, stories, music, and more.
three females making crafts

MDC will help host 25th annual Eagle Days at Smithville Lake Jan. 4-5

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 23, 2019

Program includes indoor nature displays and outdoor wild eagle viewing

A bald eagle flying.

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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