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MDC seeks public input on Henry Sever Lake Conservation Area in Knox County

News from the region

Northeast
Dec 03, 2018
Public can comment through Dec. 31 on draft management plan.
Henry Sever Lake Conservation Area

MDC's 2019 Natural Events Calendar on sale for holidays in Kansas City and at other regional offices

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 30, 2018
Shop online or at nature centers and public offices
2019 Natural Events Calendar cover

MDC, partners offer mobility impaired rabbit hunt in Knox County Dec. 15-16

News from the region

Northeast
Nov 30, 2018
Apply by Dec. 7 for this free opportunity giving mobility impaired hunters access to the outdoors.
Missouri Disabled Sportsmen

MDC finds first case of CWD in southwest Missouri

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 30, 2018
Young buck in Stone County is first CWD detection in far southwest region of the state.
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Talbot Conservation Area's wetland has low-water conditions

Nov 30, 2018
Summer dryness changes waterfowl hunting prospects at MDC public use area's wetland.
Talbot Conservation Area sign

MDC: Duck Creek CA enters final phase of Golden Anniversary Wetlands Initiative

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 29, 2018
Construction on the area will begin Dec. 3.
Mallards in flight and on pond at Duck Creek

MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong speaking at Powder Valley Nature Center this Friday evening

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 29, 2018
Reservations still available to see MDC’s award-winning photographer as he shares images of pollinators and photography how-to tips.
MDC Photographer Noppadol Paothong with camera

MDC offers squirrel hunting workshop for new hunters in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Nov 28, 2018

Register by Dec. 12 to attend this free program on Dec. 15.

Squirrel

MDC offers winter birdwatching workshop in Hannibal Dec. 14

News from the region

Northeast
Nov 28, 2018

Register early and learn about identifying and attracting Missouri’s birds to feeders.

woodpecker

Warsaw man catches state-record walleye on a jug line

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 27, 2018

MDC congratulates Jason Reynolds on breaking the state record by catching a 6-pound, 14-ounce walleye on a jug line.

State-record walleye

MDC reports young hunters harvested 2,556 deer during late youth portion of season

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 26, 2018
Top counties were Wayne with 47; Ripley with 46; and Franklin, Macon, and Osage with each having 45 deer checked.
youth deer hunting by tree with dad

Springfield Nature Center trails closed Dec. 8-10 for hunt

News from the region

Southwest
Nov 26, 2018
Managed archery hunt to close trails, but Nature Center building to be open on Dec. 8.
Springfield Conservation Nature Center outside sign

MDC offers two programs for preschoolers in December at Rockwoods Reservation

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 21, 2018
Babes in the Woods: Hibernation and Teddy Talk programs aim to introduce young children to different aspects or nature.
four preschoolers and a teacher examine a black-bear pelt

MDC reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 199,427

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 21, 2018
Top counties: Franklin with 4,021 deer checked, Howell with 3,858, and Callaway with 3,695.
buck in field

MDC offers women’s basic handgun workshops near Hartsburg

News from the region

Central
Nov 21, 2018
Preregister today to attend this free program on Dec. 13.
handgun workshop

Still time to take MDC hunter education

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 21, 2018
MDC offers hunter education year-round online, through self-study, and in the classroom.
a veteran hunter mentors a young hunter in the field

Head outdoors on MDC public lands on Friday after Thanksgiving

News from the region

Kansas City
Nov 20, 2018
Invite your family and friends for an outdoor adventure
snow geese in flight

Coon Island CA waterfowl hunters can expect great marsh habitat, no flooded timber this year

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 20, 2018

Keeping timber units dry will protect the new generation of red oak seedlings.

Coon Island Conservation Area sign

MDC offering extreme orienteering class at Weldon Spring Conservation Area Dec. 1

News from the region

St. Louis
Nov 20, 2018

Learn advanced off-trail navigation techniques on one of the St. Louis region’s most popular and rugged conservation areas.

Orienteering class map.

MDC and partners host 40th annual Loess Bluffs Eagle Days Dec. 1-2 at Mound City

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 19, 2018
Free event highlights eagles and wetland conservation in northwest Missouri
Bald eagle perched in tree

MDC holding open houses, taking comments on future elk hunting

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 19, 2018
MDC is holding open houses Dec. 3, 4, and 6 around its elk management zone in the Ozarks and wants public feedback on future elk-hunting season.
bugling bull elk at Peck Ranch

MDC encourages birders to help with Audubon Christmas Bird Count

News from the region

Statewide
Nov 19, 2018
Counts held Dec. 14 – Jan. 5. More at audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count.
birder and MDC Assistant Resource Scientist Alicia Burke fills out a CBC data sheet near Cole Camp.

MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools teacher training workshop Dec. 6 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Nov 15, 2018
Register for a FREE workshop for educators to help kids discover nature.
students discovering nature

MDC invites community planners to special workshops

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 15, 2018
City and county planners can learn how conservation can benefit urban landscapes
native plants in landscaping plans

MDC offers firearms cleaning workshop Nov. 27 in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Nov 14, 2018
Register to attend a free program to learn how to properly clean and care for your firearm.
Closeup pic of rifle and shotgun

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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) 815-7901
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