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MDC offering extreme orienteering class at Weldon Spring Conservation Area Dec. 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 20, 2018

Learn advanced off-trail navigation techniques on one of the St. Louis region’s most popular and rugged conservation areas.

Orienteering class map.

MDC and partners host 40th annual Loess Bluffs Eagle Days Dec. 1-2 at Mound City

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 19, 2018
Free event highlights eagles and wetland conservation in northwest Missouri
Bald eagle perched in tree

MDC holding open houses, taking comments on future elk hunting

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 19, 2018
MDC is holding open houses Dec. 3, 4, and 6 around its elk management zone in the Ozarks and wants public feedback on future elk-hunting season.
bugling bull elk at Peck Ranch

MDC encourages birders to help with Audubon Christmas Bird Count

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 19, 2018
Counts held Dec. 14 – Jan. 5. More at audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count.
birder and MDC Assistant Resource Scientist Alicia Burke fills out a CBC data sheet near Cole Camp.

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools teacher training workshop Dec. 6 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Nov 15, 2018
Register for a FREE workshop for educators to help kids discover nature.
students discovering nature

MDC invites community planners to special workshops

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 15, 2018
City and county planners can learn how conservation can benefit urban landscapes
native plants in landscaping plans

MDC offers firearms cleaning workshop Nov. 27 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Nov 14, 2018
Register to attend a free program to learn how to properly clean and care for your firearm.
Closeup pic of rifle and shotgun

MDC hosts holiday nature crafting event in Kirksville Dec. 11

News from the region

Northeast
Nov 14, 2018
This free family event teaches how to make gifts and decorations from natural materials.
two kids make nature-themed crafts at a table

Join MDC Wild Webcast on Bald Eagles and Eagle Days Dec. 4

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 14, 2018
Register for the free webcast at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZT7
bald eagle flying over water looking for fish.

MDC thanks hunters for help with CWD sampling

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 13, 2018
Thousands of deer hunters have helped MDC collect more than 20,000 samples for CWD testing.
MDC logo

MDC reports 99,567 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 13, 2018
Top harvest counties were Franklin with 2,057 deer checked, Callaway with 1,971, and Benton with 1,875.
harvested buck

MDC partners with Columbia Public Schools for invasive plant removal

News from the region

Central
Nov 13, 2018
Service-learning project results in removal of more than 2-million invasive honeysuckle plants.
4th graders at Fairview Elementary School posing for photo

MDC to host prescribed burn workshop Dec. 1 at El Dorado Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 09, 2018
Free workshop teaches methods for using fire to manage pastures and wildlife habitat
three MDC staff conduct a prescribed burn

MDC's Springfield Nature Center to hold urban deer program

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 09, 2018
Free program on Nov. 27 covers strategies for managing deer inside Springfield's city limits.
a deer in an urban yard

Hunters can feed St. Louis families in need through Share the Harvest Program

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 08, 2018
Share the Harvest enables hunters to give back to their communities and utilize Missouri’s wildlife resources for those in need.
packages of Share the Harvest ground venison

Discover nature with MDC through Eagle Days

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 08, 2018
Attend MDC events around the state from Dec. 1 through Feb. 2, or go on your own eagle-watching adventure.
a bald eagle in flight skims the surface of a lake for fish

MDC stocks rainbow trout for winter fishing in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 07, 2018
Community lakes provide close-to-home angling opportunity
rainbow trout in hand

MDC wetland in Holt County named for Lowell Mohler

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 06, 2018

Wetlands at Bob Brown Conservation Area now named for former Missouri conservation commissioner

Lowell Mohler and his wife.

MDC offers winter trout fishing in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 06, 2018
Krug Park Lagoon and Everyday Pond stocked with rainbow trout
rainbow trout in hand

MDC deadline is Jan. 4 for Arbor Award of Excellence nominations

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 06, 2018
MDC and MCFC encourage nominations of local tree stewards for award recognition.
Person walking under trees along Forest Park

MDC stocks rainbow trout for winter fishing at Sedalia

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 06, 2018
City's Liberty Park Pond a winter fishing option for anglers
trout stocking from truck at Sedalia's Liberty Park Pond

MDC reminds hunters to use free landowner permits properly

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 06, 2018
Conservation agents find numerous cases of misuse of landowner permit privileges each year.
MDC logo

MDC offers waterfowl ID program at Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 05, 2018
Program includes outdoor hike where participants can test their skills.
pair of northern shoveler ducks

MDC reminds deer hunters about CWD sampling, carcass disposal, and Share the Harvest

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 02, 2018
MDC is conducting mandatory CWD sampling in 31 counties Nov. 10-11 and offering voluntary CWD sampling statewide all season.
CWD Mandatory Sampling Map

MDC's Springfield Nature Center moves to winter schedule

Nov 02, 2018
Trails open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., building closed Sundays and Mondays.
Springfield Nature Center Sign

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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
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Bill Graham
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Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
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Robert Hemmelgarn
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Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7901
Kristie Hilgedick
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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