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MDC awards contract for improvements at Four Rivers Conservation Area

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 16, 2018
New gates on water control structures will aid wetland management
wetland birds at Four Rivers Conservation Area

Flooded roads limit Oct. 20-21 youth waterfowl hunting at MDC Fountain Grove Conservation Area

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 16, 2018
Call listed phone numbers for latest updates, or go online to nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/fountain-grove-ca.
Wetland at Fountain Grove Conservation Area

MDC stocks trout in southeast Missouri lakes as winter trout season approaches

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 16, 2018
Trout will arrive in Jackson, Perryville and Farmington lakes before the Nov. 1 opener.
rainbow trout in hand

MDC predicts quail season to be good in parts of state

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 12, 2018
Quail production for 2018 below 10-year average, but good hunting can still be found.
2018 Quail Forecast Map

MDC offers duck decoy workshop in Kirksville Nov. 5-6

News from the region

Northeast
Oct 12, 2018
Register by Nov. 1 for FREE two-day workshop to learn about duck ecology and create your own decoy.
mallard decoys on pond

MDC’s Cape Nature Center hosts Fall Festival Oct. 20

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 12, 2018
Live animal presentations and a crackling fire promise fun family time.
2 persimmons on maple leaf.

MDC presents ‘Gigs and Ghosts’ at Round Spring Oct. 20

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 11, 2018

Learn about the time-honored tradition of gigging on the Current River.

People in a boat gigging.

MDC invites public to meeting on CWD in Perryville Oct. 23

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 11, 2018

The meeting is at the Perry Park Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

CWD deer.

Need holiday gifts? Discover nature with MDC 2019 Natural Events Calendar and other gift options

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 10, 2018
Calendar is $9 plus tax and includes stunning images and daily tips to discover nature.
2019 MDC Natural Events Calendar cover

Powder Valley Nature Center uncovers nature’s superheroes and villains at free family event Oct. 19

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 09, 2018

Adults can also become superheroes at the afternoon blood drive and visitors of all ages can explore creatures of the night in the evening.

A person dressed up as a bat.

MDC to host 32nd annual Poosey Conservation Area fall tour on Oct. 21

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 09, 2018

Free event highlights Poosey's scenery, history, and outdoor recreation

People on a tour at Poosey Conservation Area.

MDC offers free HOWLoween fun Oct. 19 at Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 09, 2018
Connect with nature on an autumn night outdoors
kid enjoying HOWLoween fun

Missouri State Forester elected national association president

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 09, 2018
Missouri State Forester Lisa Allen has been elected president of the National Association of State Foresters.
Headshot of Lisa Allen

CWD public meeting is tonight at Cape Nature Center

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2018

Learn about Chronic Wasting Disease, what it is and how you can help protect Whitetail deer.

CWD deer.

MDC offers Nature 2.0 program Oct. 10 at Busch Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 05, 2018

This free program will enable you to discover nature through technology using the iNaturalist App.

Iphone app of iNaturalist

MDC seeking public input on “tenant farmer” hunting privileges

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 04, 2018
Tenant farming is an uncommon practice today and the existing regulation has resulted in a misunderstanding and misuse of free landowner permits.
two hunters dragging harvested buck

MDC: Cape Nature Center’s kid’s fishing pond stocked with tagged fish for prizes

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 04, 2018
Prizes include t-shirts and basic fishing tackle.
Fisheries Management Biologist Salvador Mondragon displays a catfish just before tagging it and releasing it into the kid's fishing pond at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

MDC invites public to CWD meeting in Branson Oct. 25

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 04, 2018

People can get information and have questions answered about this deadly deer disease.

CWD deer.

MDC seeks public input for Grand Pass Conservation Area

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 01, 2018
Public can comment in October on long-range plans for important wetlands
Mallards take flight from a wetland at Grand Pass Conservation Area

MDC invites public comments on future management of Meramec Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 01, 2018
Those interested in having input on the area’s 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of October.
View from bluff overlooking Meramec River at Meramec Conservation Area in winter

MDC predicts fall turkey hunting likely to be challenging

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 01, 2018

Brood-survey results show below-average turkey production in 2018.

Map of turkey production.

MDC offers primitive skills workshop at Runge Nature Center Oct. 20

News from the region

Central
Sep 28, 2018

Take a step back in time and practice primitive skills from atlatls to tomahawk throwing in Jefferson City.

People learning about primitive skills.

MDC seeks confirmed sightings of badgers, weasels, and spotted skunks

News from the region

Kansas City
Statewide
Sep 28, 2018
Biologists are collecting information about furbearers rare in Missouri
American Badger

MDC: Space available in next week’s Cape Girardeau longbow-making workshop Oct. 4

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 28, 2018

Craft your own hickory longbow from start to finish.

People making longbows.

MDC presents free Waterfowl Warmup Sporting Clays Shoot in Puxico Oct. 6

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 28, 2018
Hunters may practice shooting clay targets in various waterfowl hunting scenarios.
two young waterfowl hunters in blind

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
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Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
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Bill Graham
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Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
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816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
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Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
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(573) 815-7901
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
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