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MDC offers beginner’s birding class at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area March 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
This is an excellent opportunity for those new to birdwatching to get off to a great start with help from MDC naturalists.
great egret

MDC hosts women’s shotgun clinic near Columbia April 2

News from the region

Central
Mar 20, 2019
Register today for a free opportunity to learn safe handling and shooting techniques.
woman shooting shotgun in field

Powder Valley Nature Center presents Missouri Waters multimedia program April 5

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
Two charismatic entertainers weave stories and thoughts on nature with photos and a live music performance.
Dragonfly on end of stick

Learn cane-pole fishing with MDC at free classes in April in Forest Park

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 20, 2019
Cast a line back in time and discover fishing the way grandpa did it by attending one of two free classes.
cane pole fishing gear

MDC receives award for assistance with renovations at City Lake in Union

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 19, 2019

A Community Assistance Program grant from MDC enabled extensive improvements for fish and anglers.

The Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA) awarded MDC its 2019 Organization Citation Award in February for assistance in renovating City Lake in Union.

MDC: Twin Pines CEC reopens April 2, hosts annual Heritage Day April 13

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 19, 2019

Heritage Day features fish fry, kid’s fishing and many demonstrations.

Twin Pines

Make nature your spring break destination at MDC’s Runge Nature Center

News from the region

Central
Mar 19, 2019

Programs for all ages make fun and educational opportunities to enjoy spring break in Jefferson City.

Kids discovering nature.

Conservation Federation of Missouri offers $8,500 reward to help MDC with elk poaching conviction

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 19, 2019

Officials hope reward will lead to convictions in the case of two adult elk shot in February in Shannon County.

Dead bull elk.

Missouri River flooding prompts MDC to close several conservation areas in northwest region

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 19, 2019

Areas are closed due to high water or access and public safety issues

High rising water near boat ramp.

MDC forecasts challenging spring turkey hunting season

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 18, 2019
Poor production in recent years will make for a more challenging season.
2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Booklet Cover

MDC finding fewer endangered prairie chickens despite conservation efforts

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 18, 2019
Populations at Taberville and Wah’ Kon-Tah prairies imperiled
male and female prairie chicken in field

Join MDC for an Evening with Wildlife in Milan March 19

News from the region

Northeast
Mar 18, 2019
Family friendly tradeshow-style event offers opportunity for all ages to learn about important conservation issues.
quail covey

MDC presents free Missouri turkey calls program April 4

News from the region

Central
Mar 15, 2019
Learn about the origins, history, and function of these utilitarian and artful calls, including the artists who make them.
a selection of five turkey calls

New Stockton Lake spotted bass regulation increases opportunity

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 15, 2019
MDC's aim is to benefit anglers, other sportfish populations with new length limit.
Spotted bass on measuring tray

MDC hosts native plant sale at Runge Nature Center March 23

News from the region

Central
Mar 14, 2019
Novice gardeners to professional landscapers can prepare for spring with native plants, information.
native plants in field

MDC invites public to learn about turkey hunting basics

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 14, 2019
Free clinics at Dalton Range, Springfield Nature Center, will have tips for youths and adults.
two turkey hunters in camo sitting against tree

MDC invites the public to explore spring sounds at Busch Conservation Area this Saturday, March 16

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 14, 2019
Spring peepers and American woodcocks are offering a fascinating evening chorus right now.
woodcock and spring peeper

Missouri prairie orchid expert Dr. David Ashley speaking at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center March 29

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 14, 2019
Flora enthusiasts will have a chance to see and meet a leading researcher as he discusses Missouri’s endangered orchids.
white-fringed orchids

UPDATE: Weather forces extended closure at Ranacker Conservation Area

News from the region

Northeast
Mar 13, 2019
North access, shooting range closed until weather permits completion of bridge project.
road closed signs at Peno Creek bridge

Cape Nature Center hosts professional fisherman Josh Gowan this Saturday

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 12, 2019
Gowan will discuss his career and share some tips about crappie fishing.
crappie closeup

Springfield Nature Center announces April events

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 12, 2019
Native plant sale and workshop are among highlights on April schedule.
Springfield Nature Center Sign

MDC and CFM thank deer hunters, processors for helping to Share the Harvest

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 12, 2019
Missouri deer hunters donated 259,414 pounds of venison to Share the Harvest this season.
Share the Harvest packaged venison

MDC offers native plant workshops for homeowners this Saturday at Rockwoods Reservation and Busch Conservation Areas

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 12, 2019
Both free workshops also include free Missouri native seedlings to give gardeners a head start.
woman looks at yellow coneflowers

MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area serves as a starting location for 11th Annual Confluence Trash Bash March 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 12, 2019
MDC seeks volunteers to meet at Columbia Bottom to help in a large-scale effort to clean up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers watershed.
two people collecting trash at Annual Confluence Trash Bash

MDC offers free prescribed burn workshop March 27 in Independence

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 11, 2019
Private landowners can learn beneficial burning techniques for vegetation management
MDC staff person lighting a prescribed burn with a torch

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Lucas Bond
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Candice Davis
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Kristie Hilgedick
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Conservation Headquarters
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Joe Jerek
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Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
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Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
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Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
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Dan Zarlenga
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St. Louis Regional Office
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