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MDC invites public to search for short-eared owls on Dec. 7

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 26, 2019

Owl found on prairies will be focus of hike at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area.

A short-eared owl sits in a grassland.

MDC's Springfield Nature Center looking for volunteers

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 26, 2019

Dec. 10 meeting will be for people interested in volunteering at nature center.

Springfield Conservation Nature Center sign

MDC invites public to learn about fly fishing at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center Dec. 6, Dec. 14

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 25, 2019

Two-part program features indoor session in Joplin and hands-on fishing at Roaring River.

A woman stands in a river fly fishing.

MDC helps people enjoy the hardy songbirds of winter in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 25, 2019
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center offers a variety of free bird programs in December
cedar waxwing

Raptors and waterfowl featured at Eagle Days Dec. 7-8 at Loess Bluffs

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 25, 2019

MDC assists wildlife refuge with 41st annual Eagle Days

A bald eagle perched on a tree branch.

Renowned wildlife photographer shares his secrets at Springfield Nature Center Dec. 6

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 25, 2019

Free program provides helpful tips for nature photography enthusiasts.

A woman crouches to take a nature photograph.

MDC offers Master Naturalist volunteer training in Joplin

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 22, 2019
People must attend orientation on Dec. 12 or Jan. 6 to take part in training.
Master Naturalist Volunteers planting in field

MDC needs information on elk illegally shot in Carter County

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 20, 2019
Call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111 or MDC office in West Plains at (417) 256-7161.
Poached Cow Elk

MDC and DNR asking outdoorspeople for help in recovering containers orphaned after flooding

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 20, 2019
Containers may contain hazardous materials and must be handled by experts.
MDC Color Logo

MDC hosts holiday nature crafting event in Kirksville Dec. 10

News from the region

Northeast
Nov 20, 2019
This free family event teaches how to make gifts and decorations from natural materials.
holiday craft night

MDC thanks deer hunters for help with CWD sampling

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 19, 2019
MDC collected more than 18,800 tissue samples from hunter-harvested deer for CWD testing during opening weekend.
MDC staff prepare CWD tissue samples for testing

MDC Fuels for Schools program warms classrooms in Summersville and Houston

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 19, 2019
Ribbons cut on conservation-friendly heating systems at Texas County schools.
Summersville Fuels-for-Schools Ribbon Cutting

MDC reports 88,843 deer harvested during firearms opening weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 18, 2019
Top counties were Franklin with 2,078 deer checked, Texas with 1,931, and Callaway with 1,735.
Chase Bailey and dad with harvested buck

MDC stocks rainbow trout for winter fishing in Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 15, 2019
Community lakes provide close-to-home angling opportunity
trout stocking

Catch-and-release winter trout fishing season underway in Sedalia and St. Joseph

News from the region

Kansas City
Northwest
Nov 15, 2019
MDC stocks trout for winter fishing, anglers may catch and keep after Feb. 1
releasing a rainbow trout

MDC, partners to host youth waterfowl workshop Dec. 13-15 in Sweet Springs

News from the region

Central
Nov 14, 2019
Register youth to attend this free workshop and participate in a mentored duck hunt.
two waterfowl hunters calling ducks

Discover nature with MDC through Eagle Days

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 13, 2019
Join MDC for Eagle Days events or watch eagles on your own around the state.
bald eagle perched on ice

MDC’s mandatory CWD sampling this weekend in 29 counties

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 12, 2019
Sampling stations will be open Nov. 16 and 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2019-cwd-map

MDC invites nature artists to wood painting class at Busch Conservation Area Nov. 19

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 12, 2019

Explore the creative side of conservation at this free class, with all materials provided.

A watercolor painting of an antlered whitetail deer.

Osage County angler ties state record for skipjack herring

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 08, 2019

Bryant Rackers now holds a second state record after reeling in a 3-pound skipjack herring on the Osage River.

Bryant Rackers shows off his state record skipjack herring.

MDC hosts FREE hiking and backpacking basics program at Gist Ranch Dec. 14

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 08, 2019
Gist Ranch features woodlands, springs and glades, producing quality deer, turkey and quail habitat.
Woods at Gist Ranch

MDC offers free Civil War era outdoor skills event Nov. 16 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 08, 2019

Free Underground Railroad photo exhibit also opens at Gorman Discovery Center

Potted plants next to several books.

MDC notes icy frost flowers appearing on cold mornings

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 08, 2019
Watch for icy ribbons at the base of certain wild plants on cold mornings
frost flower

MDC confirms invasive Emerald Ash Borer in 16 new Missouri counties

News from the region

Central
Nov 06, 2019

Tree-killing pest has now spread to 75 Missouri counties.

A map depicting where Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in Missouri.

Get your Twin Pines nature fix before seasonal hours transition Dec. 1.

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 05, 2019

Register now for Nature’s Ornaments or stop by to visit the exhibits before the winter closure.

The mailbox of Twin Pines Nature Center.

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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