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MDC announces addition to Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie Conservation Area

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 10, 2020

New tract made possible by generous donations by Harry and Lina Berrier

MDC staff speak to the public at Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie

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

Join MDC webcast July 1 to learn about attracting backyard wildlife

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 08, 2020
Register in advance at short.mdc.mo.gov/Zht and then join the free webcast live.
Attracting backyard wildlife

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

MDC extends program cancellations to June 30 and will offer more programs online

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 03, 2020
Participate in MDC online programs from the comfort and convenience of where you are.
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MDC celebrates National Trails Day June 6

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 02, 2020

MDC offers hiking options in western Missouri

Burr Oak Woods trail

Wayne County bowfisherman shoots state record spotted sucker

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 01, 2020

John Garver of Williamsville shot a 3-pound, 6-ounce fish at Duck Creek Conservation Area.

John Garver holds his state record spotted sucker

MDC bands peregrine falcon chicks in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 01, 2020

Bands help ornithologists track falcon movements and survival

Banded peregrine falcon chicks

MDC celebrates National Trails Day June 6

News from the region

Northwest
Jun 01, 2020

MDC offers options for hikers on conservation areas in northwest Missouri

Tree at Bluffwoods

MDC considers regulation changes regarding coyote hunting and invasive species control

News from the region

Statewide
May 28, 2020

MDC is proposing revised regulations regarding the use of thermal imaging and night vision equipment for coyote hunting and feral hog control on private properties.

Coyote

MDC updates definition of handguns used for deer hunting

News from the region

Statewide
May 28, 2020
The regulation change does NOT ban any specific make or model of firearm.
MDC color logo

May 31 is last chance to apply for MDC’s first elk hunts in fall

News from the region

Statewide
May 27, 2020
Apply until May 31 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, through MO Hunting app, or a permit vendor.
bull elk at Peck Ranch

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

Bald eagles continue nesting comeback in Missouri

News from the region

Kansas City
May 27, 2020

MDC tracking eagle nests statewide to monitor iconic raptors

Bald eagles near their nest in a tree

MDC promotes Reva Dow as manager of Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

News from the region

Ozark
May 26, 2020

Dow began volunteering at the center since it opened, later transitioned to naturalist.

Reva Dow stands next to the entrance sign to Twin Pines Conservation Center

Get hooked on fishing with MDC Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7

News from the region

Statewide
May 20, 2020
MDC reminds anglers that fishing permits are required, except for Free Fishing Days.
boy holding fish

MDC shares ways to make wetlands work for you

News from the region

Kansas City
May 20, 2020

Planning and engineering can tailor wetland functions to landowner goals

Sunset at Kendzora Conservation Area

Enjoy National Trails Day, June 6, at an MDC trail near you

News from the region

Southwest
May 20, 2020
Special day is great chance to discover hiking opportunities at MDC areas.
Little Sac Woods Conservation Area sign

MDC plans replacement of parking lot at Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area

News from the region

Kansas City
May 19, 2020

Lake's main parking lot at Lafayette County area will be closed during the project

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Join MDC June 3 for Webcast on Wild Turkey Management

News from the region

Statewide
May 19, 2020
Comment during June on MDC Wild Turkey Management Plan at mdc.mo.gov/turkeyplan.
wild turkey hen with poults

MDC wants public comments on proposed bear-hunting season

News from the region

Statewide
May 18, 2020
Learn more through May 27 webcast and comment online by June 5 at mdc.mo.gov/bears.
black bear

MDC says evaluate your early summer habitat for more quail

News from the region

Statewide
May 15, 2020

Bobwhites need good nest and brood rearing habitat to boost population

Quail in native grasses

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

UPDATE: MDC suspends closure at De Bourgmont Access until next week

News from the region

Central
May 13, 2020
Closure will resume May 18 to accommodate ongoing law enforcement investigation.
De Bourgmont Access

MDC says hatched peregrine falcon chicks are viewable online

News from the region

Kansas City
May 12, 2020

Internet address for one falcon nest has changed recently

Peregrine falcon with three chicks in nesting box

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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