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MDC awards 2018 statewide outreach partnership award to Fox 2 & KPLR-11 in St. Louis

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 09, 2019
The two sister TV stations have been essential communication partners in conveying conservation information to the public for an entire decade.
MDC Outreach and Education Chief Shawn Gruber (right) presents Fox 2/KPLR-11 Midday News Producer Peggy Dierssen with the 2018 MDC Statewide Outreach and Education External Partnership Award.

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area celebrates International Migratory Bird Day with special event May 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 09, 2019
The official day is May 11, but visitors can kick off the celebration a week early at this free family event.
waterfowl over wetland at dusk

MDC urges public to avoid planting problematic pear trees

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 09, 2019

The invasive species spreads aggressively, choking out native plants and trees

invasive callery pear tree

Augusta angler snags state-record gizzard shad

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 08, 2019

MDC congratulates Brian Rehmeier on breaking the state record by snagging a 2-pound, 10-ounce gizzard shad while fishing on Bigelow Creek in St. Charles County.

Brian holding state-record gizzard shad.

MDC encourages public to learn about hummingbirds during spring migration

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 08, 2019

The small-but-mighty ruby-throated hummingbird travels hundreds of miles back to the U.S. after spending the winter in the south.

Ruby-throated hummingbird

MDC announces new conservation agent for Johnson County

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 08, 2019
Agent Sam Whisler looks forward to serving communities
Head Shot of Conservation Agent Sam Whisler

Young turkey hunters harvest 2,540 birds during youth weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 08, 2019
Top harvest counties were Franklin with 61 turkeys, Laclede with 56, and Texas with 52.
Young turkey hunter Auggie Boyt posed with harvested turkey

MDC and urban fishing partners hosting multiple family fishing festivals April-June to celebrate 50th anniversary

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 05, 2019

These free events will commemorate the golden anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program

woman fishing at lake

MDC invites public to mushroom identification program

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 05, 2019

Free program scheduled for April 20 at Walter Woods Conservation Area.

morel mushroom

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range offers shotgun patterning for turkey hunting class April 9

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 05, 2019

Turkey hunters can improve their success this spring by learning how to correctly pattern their shotguns at this free class.

Turkey hunters look over targets

MDC offers TRIM grants to assist with community tree care

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 05, 2019
TRIM grants can help fund tree inventories, removal, pruning, planting, and more.
person walking on sidewalk under large trees

MDC welcomes Barry Orscheln to Conservation Commission

Apr 05, 2019
An avid hunter and angler, Orscheln also brings a strong business background to the Conservation Commission.
Head shot of Commissioner Barry Orscheln.

MDC invites community conservation planners to April 10 workshop

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 05, 2019

Free workshop in Kansas City will give city and county planners information on how conservation can benefit urban landscapes

People learning about conservation in urban areas

MDC offers free spring fishing program at Runge Nature Center April 11

News from the region

Central
Apr 04, 2019

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

Man holding fish

MDC marks Arbor Day recognition with April events

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 02, 2019

Events across southwest Missouri will highlight benefits of trees.

People planting a tree.

MDC seeks public input for Fort Crowder, Bicentennial areas

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 02, 2019

Citizens can common on management plans for both areas throughout April.

Mort Walker Trail

MDC seeks public input on William E. Crawford Conservation Area in Clark County

News from the region

Northeast
Apr 01, 2019

Public can comment through April 30 on draft management plan.

turkey.

MDC offers free native plant landscaping workshop April 20 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 01, 2019

Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center will also host a native plant sale

Landscaping

MDC invites teachers to archery instructor training class

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 01, 2019

April 5 class in Spokane prepares instructors for MoNASP curriculum.

Teachers training on archery range.

Public can get catfish-catching tips at April 13 MDC clinic

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 29, 2019

Free program at Walter Woods Conservation Area will feature fishing opportunities

Two catfish in water

MDC invites adults to turkey clinic and mentored hunt at Mark Twain Lake May 3-5

News from the region

Northeast
Mar 28, 2019

Register to attend this free clinic and hunt for adults who have never harvested a wild turkey.

Turkey hunters

Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen performs at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center April 26

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 27, 2019

Popular northwest composer/musician will blend nature-inspired music with images by MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong.

Musician John Nilsen standing by piano

MoNASP state tournament draws thousands of student archers

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 27, 2019

Congratulations to Hillsboro High School’s Madison Genge and Donald Holupka for being top archers at the state tournament.

2019 MoNASP Top Archers

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

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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