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Crickets tell the temperature in warm weather

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 14, 2019
MDC education consultant recommends teaching children this fun summer trick.
male field cricket in hand

MDC to host Bio Blitz at Runge Nature Center June 21-22

News from the region

Central
Jun 14, 2019
Explore the plants, animals, and other forms of life that call Runge home.
Woman and girl look at beetle at Runge Bio Blitz

Apply online for MDC managed deer hunts starting July 1

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 13, 2019
Take a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state.
2019 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet cover

MDC, partners to host Boone County Pollinator Tour June 20

News from the region

Central
Jun 12, 2019

Register to for this free opportunity to learn about plant pollinators and how to create native habitat for wildlife.

2019 Boone County Pollinator Tour flyer

MDC: Respect, not fear, is best when it comes to snake encounters

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 12, 2019

Watch where you step, dress appropriately and keep hands out of rocky crevices to avoid trouble.

A kingsnake in the brush.

Cape Nature Center announces July programs, partners with area libraries

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 11, 2019

Naturalists will provide nocturnal creature programs at six Riverside Regional Libraries July 16 & 17.

Little explorers learn about nature at the Cape Nature Center.

MDC hosts free women’s Archery and Crossbow Workshop at Twin Pines July 20

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 11, 2019

Women will learn bow and crossbow techniques, safety and maintenance.

A woman sitting against a tree with a bow.

MDC offers help keeping unwanted trees and shrubs out of grasslands

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 11, 2019

Early control will prevent bigger problems

A photo showing how sumac can overtake grasslands and choke out native plants.

UPDATE: Some MDC accesses reopen on lower Osage River

News from the region

Central
Jun 11, 2019

The Osage River remains closed to recreational use from St. Thomas to the Missouri River.

A river access closed by flooding.

Learn to make paper from nature at Rockwoods Reservation June 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 10, 2019
This free class will show participants how to create their own decorative hand-made paper.
making paper

MDC invites public to open houses on black bears

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 10, 2019
Join MDC in Springfield, Van Buren, West Plains, and St. Louis to learn more about black bears in Missouri and MDC research and management efforts.
two black bears

MDC offers new “Auto-Renewal” for easy online permit renewals

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 10, 2019
New MDC offering makes renewing hunting, fishing, and trapping permits easy and convenient.
MDC Color Logo

Discover nature with MDC at free catfish clinic July 19-20 in northeast Missouri

News from the region

Central
Northeast
Jun 07, 2019
Learn the basics of catching big catfish on Missouri's rivers and lakes at this free clinic.
boy holding catfish

Nearly 50 hikers join 105.7 FM on-air personality Jeff Burton for group hiking event at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 07, 2019
A group of intrepid hikers braved rain and mud and celebrated National Trails Month a month early.
Jeff Burton Hiking

Jasper County angler breaks 32-year hybrid bass record

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 06, 2019

MDC congratulates Cesar Rodriguez on catching a 21-pound, 11-ounce striped hybrid bass at Lake of the Ozarks.

Cesar Rodriguez with his prize striped hybrid bass.

Busch Conservation Area offers special scouting merit badge event June 29

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 06, 2019

Both Boy and Girl Scouts can participate in activities that will help them advance toward multiple merit badges.

A conservation agent speaks with a group of boy scouts in the 1950s.

MDC: Snapping turtles begin laying their eggs in June

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 06, 2019
Though intimidating to people, snapping turtles play an important role in nature.
snapping turtle

MDC: Follow these Bear Aware guidelines to stay safe in bear country and keep bears wild

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 05, 2019

Start by reporting all bear sightings to MDC.

A closeup of a black bear.

MDC’s top five fishing locations near Cape Girardeau

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 05, 2019

Anyone near Cape Girardeau has lots of close to home fishing options.

Rotary Lake

Flooding forces closure of MDC accesses on Osage River

News from the region

Central
Jun 05, 2019
The Osage River is now closed to recreational use from Bagnell Dam to the Missouri River.
Orange cones and hazard tape across road to conservation area closed from flooding

MDC: 2019 Free fishing days are this weekend

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 04, 2019
Anyone can fish without a permit in state waters June 8 and 9.
bass caught on fishing lure

MDC proposes new efforts to limit spread of CWD

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 04, 2019
Proposed regulations would change requirements for transporting deer carcasses and add carcass-disposal requirements for meat processors and taxidermists.
Two men drag a harvested buck through a field

MDC: Fish for free this weekend in Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Jun 04, 2019
Anyone can fish without a permit in state waters June 8 and 9.
caught bass

MDC offers kayak clinic in Columbia June 11

News from the region

Central
Jun 04, 2019
Register to attend this FREE clinic and gear up for a summer on the water.
kayaking instruction

MDC offers Wingshooting for the Hunter workshop in Kirksville June 22

News from the region

Northeast
Jun 04, 2019
Participants will learn to hone hunting skills with non-toxic shot for migratory and upland bird species.
hunter shooting with dog in field

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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