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MDC hosts "A Swift Night Out"

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 06, 2011

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a chimney swift count at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau on Sept. 13 at 7:15 p.m. The event is based on a nationwide research project called "A Swift Night Out." The project collects counts from different groups across the United States as the swifts migrate south for the winter.

Mountain lion shot by landowner in Texas County

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 06, 2011

Conservation agents thwart illegal catfish noodling

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 31, 2011

Catfish noodling, or hand-fishing, is illegal due to potential harm to fisheries. The method also prompts junk to be tossed into public lakes.

Agent Eric Abbott with flathead caught by illegal handfishing

Mountain lion photographed in Oregon County

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 31, 2011

Widely scattered mountain lion sightings have been confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue.

mountain lion photograph in Oregon County

August 2011 Conservation Action

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 30, 2011

Actions of the Missouri Conservation Commission at its August meeting.

Weather gives endangered prairie chickens a nesting boost

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 30, 2011

Dry weather and good nesting and feeding habitat brought surge in brood counts and number of chicks reaching self-reliant size.

Prairie chicken hen

Blue catfish study enters second year

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 29, 2011

Information gathered during the three-year study will help MDC design regulations that produce more big fish.

MDC fisheries biologists are gathering infomation to help manage blue catfish.

MDC's Confluence Campout offers unique connection to Missouri’s big rivers

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 29, 2011

Overnight event is being held once again at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake Sept. 24 and 25.

Foundation seeks contributions to upgrade trout park

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2011

The goal is building a new viewing and fishing platform at Bennett Spring State Park by opening day of the 2012 fishing season.

MCHF Trout Stamp Print and Stamp

Celebrating bugs and turtles in St. Joe

News from the region

Northwest
Aug 26, 2011

Common creatures can possess uncommonly interesting traits, as two upcoming MDC programs will explore.

northern map turtle

MDC offers youth dove-hunting workshop in Livingston County

News from the region

Northwest
Aug 25, 2011

Special dove hunt for youth 10-15 on Sept. 3 at Poosey CA in northwest Livingston County includes mandatory hunter-safety course on Sept. 2.

Young boy with harvested dove.

Prune and replant carefully for storm damaged trees

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 25, 2011

Be alert for non-professional tree-pruning offers and choose wisely for replacement trees.

Free Bootheel fishing event attracts hundreds

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 25, 2011

Families enjoy event sponsored by Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start, Fathers First Program and MDC.

Bootheel Consortium Fishing Clinic

First-time striper angler sets state record

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 24, 2011

Bruce Cunningham was hoping for a “nice” fishing trip. Thanks to Missouri’s world-class fishing, he got a bonus.

Bruce Cunningham, of Fordland, holding Missouri State-record striped bass

Dove hunt for mobility-impaired hunters set for Sept 2

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 19, 2011

Hunters who use wheelchairs, crutches or prosthetic limbs can enjoy hunting, thanks to MDC and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Agenda for the August 25-26 Conservation Commission Meeting

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 18, 2011

Tentative agenda for meeting in Jefferson City.

Teen wins scholarship from Master Naturalist Group

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 16, 2011

Caitlin Shoults’ life-long love of the outdoors is paying off – literally.

Photo of Cindy Gum, Caitlin Shoults and Lucy Silliman

Have fun with bugs at Springfield Nature Center program Friday night

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 15, 2011

Free family fun at Insect-O-Rama Friday 6:30-9 p.m.

Image of a monarch

Doves plentiful, fields spotty for opening day

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 12, 2011

Weather has favored reproduction, but finding a good hunting spot will take legwork.

Dove season opener demands special safety consciousness

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 12, 2011

Dove hunters need to think defensively and take extra care to avoid situations where they might hurt others.

Youth turkey hunting event planned in Warrensburg

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 12, 2011

Register by Aug. 22 for Aug. 27 event.

turkey calling

Big catfish roam in lightly fished streams

News from the region

Kansas City
Northwest
Aug 12, 2011

Anglers willing to do some paddling can enjoy a solitary experience and the chance to catch a trophy catfish.

flathead catfish

Mountain lion photographed in Shannon County

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 12, 2011

A landowner’s trail camera has confirmed a mountain lion sighting in Shannon County.

Trail camera photo of mountain lion at night, Shannon County

Access to Busch CA and range detoured by MoDOT work on Route D

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 11, 2011

MoDOT road work to shut down Highway 94 access to Busch CA and range. Both still accessible via detours.

Conservation Department provides funds to help Silex firefighters

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 11, 2011

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MDC Media Staff

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