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MDC invites community conservation planners to workshop in Maryland Heights May 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 26, 2019

This free workshop will give St. Louis area city and county planners information on how conservation can benefit urban landscapes.

Several children plant native plants along a trail at a Missouri park.

MDC invites people to become citizen scientists at the Emmenegger Nature Park Bioblitz May 18

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 25, 2019
Bioblitzers will become scientists for a day as they explore the diverse plants and animals around the park while providing helpful information to MDC naturalists.
Emmenegger Nature Park Bioblitz participants

As quail start to call, conservation managers encourage quail habitat development

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 25, 2019
Creating good quail habitat is like solving a jigsaw puzzle; you must have all the pieces.
quail nest in grass

MDC finds more deer with CWD, but disease remains rare in state

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 25, 2019
Learn more about CWD in Missouri and MDC efforts to limit its spread at mdc.mo.gov/cwd.
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MDC finds endangered prairie-chicken numbers low on spring mating grounds

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 25, 2019

Lek counts hold steady in northwest Missouri but are perilously low in west central.

A male and female prairie chicken on a spring lek.

Cape Nature Center announces May programs

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 23, 2019
Celebrate the creator of the National Wildlife Federation at A Visit with Ding Darling May 14.
View of Cape Nature Center Across Pond

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center announces May programs

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 23, 2019
Discover nature through Pine Needlers and Cooking Wild Edibles.
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center mailbox with building behind

MDC's free outdoor skills sessions at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs help families head outdoors this summer

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 23, 2019
Learn how to enjoy camping, fishing, and water sports
woman camping

Missouri River flooding keeps several MDC areas closed north of St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Apr 23, 2019
Areas are closed due to high water or access and public safety issues
Boat Ramp at Thurnau Conservation Area

MDC’s Runge Nature Center hosts conservation legend Ding Darling May 15

News from the region

Central
Apr 23, 2019
Actor Tom Milligan gives a first-person performance of conservation pioneer Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling.
Tom Milligan portrays Ding Darling

Location Correction: MDC and urban fishing partners hosting multiple family fishing festivals April-June to celebrate 50th anniversary

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 23, 2019
These free events will commemorate the golden anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program.
woman fishing at urban lake

MDC invites public to learn about fly fishing May 11 near Branson

Apr 23, 2019
People can learn the basics of this unique style of fishing at this free program.
fly fisherman teaches another fly fisherman

MDC invites public to learn about warblers May 2 and 4 in Springfield

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 23, 2019
Free program at Springfield Nature Center will have indoor and outdoor segments.
prothonotary warbler

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces May programs

News from the region

Central
Apr 22, 2019

Programs include hiking, fishing, stream clean-up and more.

Runge Nature Center staff lead a stream team clean-up at Wears Creek in Jefferson City.

Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen to perform at Runge Nature Center April 27

News from the region

Central
Apr 22, 2019

Nilsen blends nature-inspired music with images by MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong.

Composer and musician John Nilsen plays the piano at a music concert

MDC reminds citizens to dispose of fish waste responsibly

News from the region

Central
Apr 22, 2019

Nuisance reports at Wigwam School Access prompt new solutions for paddlefish snaggers.

Paddlefish lying on a streambank

MDC: Volunteers needed to Bash Trash at Cape LaCroix Creek

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 22, 2019

Volunteers have picked up over four tons of trash in the area since 2006.

A bag of trash collected at a southeast Missouri park

MDC urges public to "bee-friend" native pollinators

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 22, 2019

Help support Missouri bees by planting native flowers and mowing less.

Bumblebee on New Englad Aster

MDC invites kids to free fishing day May 4 at Bennett Spring

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 19, 2019
Anglers ages 15 and under can fish for trout for free and enjoy a free lunch.
Boy sitting and fishing a pond.

MDC invites kids to free fishing day May 4 at Montauk

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 19, 2019
Anglers ages 15 and under can fish for trout for free and get free prizes.
boy with fishing rod

MDC holds adapted fishing opportunity for persons with disabilities May 4

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 19, 2019

Participants will discover how accessible fishing can be for persons of all physical abilities.

catchin' some fun

MDC, other agencies partner in quail management effort

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 19, 2019
Farm Bill biologists will assist landowners with habitat improvement projects.
 a quail closeup

Schools help bash trash through MDC, MoDOT trashcan contest

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 18, 2019
Congratulations to the winning schools: Remington Traditional School, St. Joseph Catholic School, and Immanuel Lutheran School!
students posing with winning trashcan

MDC offers free classes in Kansas City about wren house woodworking and collecting wild edibles

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 18, 2019

Participants will build a wren house and learn about gleaning food from nature at MDC's Gorman Discovery Center

wren houses

MDC's Lost Valley Hatchery to host free Kids Fishing Day April 27 at Warsaw

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 18, 2019

Kids learn angling skills while catching fish

kids learn angling

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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
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Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
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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