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MDC Cape Nature Center hosts free Maintz wildlife preserve tour, much more this month

News from the region

Southeast
Mar 03, 2021
Be sure to register online for MDC’s free in-person and virtual nature events.
Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

When looking for scenic views, don't overlook MDC areas

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 03, 2021
Some conservation areas offer great vistas of surrounding countryside.
Henning Conservation Area

MDC welcomes author Aubrey Betz for two virtual readings of new kid’s nature book in March

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 03, 2021
Emerging children’s author will read from her new book, Alex and the Butterflies, March 10 and 13.
Aubrey Betz

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces March programs

News from the region

Central
Mar 02, 2021
FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.
morel mushrooms

MDC invites landowners to attend March 25 warm-season grass workshop

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 02, 2021

March 25 event has registration deadline of March 22.

Cow in pasture

MDC to close portions of Lake City target ranges March 3-4 for maintenance

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 02, 2021
Rifle and pistol ranges will be cleaned
MDC Color Logo

MDC offers free virtual program on peregrine falcon recovery March 16

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 01, 2021
Learn about falcons and how conservation returned them to the state
peregrine falcon with chicks in nest box

MDC reminds snaggers that paddlefish season begins March 15

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 01, 2021
Buy fishing permits online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits or through MDC’s free MO Fishing app.
three snaggers on boat with one paddlefish

MDC invites people to learn the basics of .22 rifles

News from the region

Southwest
Mar 01, 2021
Free March 13 clinic at Andy Dalton Range will also feature chance to test shooting skills.
man shooting a .22 rifle

MDC begins trail work at Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area in Callaway County

News from the region

Central
Feb 26, 2021
Work begins this winter to optimize hiking, multi-use trails.
Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area

MDC explores expanding proposed regulation to allow bicycles on conservation-area service roads

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 26, 2021
Expanded proposal would add electric bicycles and allow bicycle use on many conservation areas where suitable.
Cyclist on Trail at Canaan Conservation Area

MDC to reopen Cape Nature Center, Southeast Regional Office to public in March

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 26, 2021

MDC Southeast Regional Office will reopen March 1. Cape Girardeau Nature Center will reopen March 2.

Cape Nature Center

Get ready for spring bird migration season with MDC’s Tips and Tricks for Shorebird ID virtual program March 18

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 26, 2021

Learn how to identify the vast array of shorebirds with this free online program.

Lesser yellow legs

MDC invites public to March 11 virtual tree-planting workshop

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 26, 2021

Online event will have tips on finding the right tree for the right place.

Two people plant a tree

MDC offers hunter ed in schools despite COVID-19 challenges

News from the region

Statewide
Feb 26, 2021
MDC encourages teachers wanting to add hunter education to their in-school curriculum to contact their local MDC Conservation Educator.
Sophia Raines

MDC to reopen Camdenton, Central Regional offices March 1

News from the region

Central
Feb 26, 2021

Both locations will require masks and physical distancing.

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MDC says late winter a good time to evaluate habitat for bobwhite quail

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 25, 2021

Covey survival is tested during snow and cold snaps

Bobwhite quail in snow

MDC offers free native plants Ask the Expert Expo March 13 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 25, 2021

Participants will get information on successful landscaping with native plants

Native columbine

MDC and partners host free virtual native landscaping workshop series starting March 10

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 25, 2021

Homeowners can discover the advantages and essentials of native landscaping in this series of free online sessions that run through May 4.

Woman and native coneflower

Franklin County and MDC reach agreement to resurface St. Mary’s Road

News from the region

St. Louis
Feb 24, 2021
The chip and seal resurfacing project will enable the public to continue using Chouteau Claim River Access.
Chouteau Claim River Access Map

MDC to offer virtual ‘A Day in the Life of a Conservation Agent’ class Feb. 24

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 23, 2021

The duties of a conservation agent are almost always interesting, vary with the season, and are sometimes risky.

Conservation Agent Chris Doran

March 3 MDC virtual program to focus on citizen science involvement

News from the region

Southwest
Feb 23, 2021

Program will highlight how citizens can get involved in conservation efforts.

Girl with magnifying glass

MDC Cape Nature Center updates program scheduling due to weather, other factors

News from the region

Southeast
Feb 23, 2021
The Cape Nature Center building is currently closed to visitors amid rising COVID-19 concerns.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center

MDC offers free clinic on how to catch fish March 6 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 22, 2021

Learn what fish want, and how to catch them

Fish on line

MDC will close Maple Leaf Conservation Area access road for resurfacing project on March 1

News from the region

Kansas City
Feb 22, 2021

Project will improve main access road for area in Lafayette County

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MDC Media Staff

Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Josh.hartwig@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
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