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MDC reports 14,555 deer taken during alternative-methods portion

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 06, 2021
Top harvest counties were Franklin, Callaway, and Osage.
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Kids can enjoy nature-oriented stories and songs at Jan. 13 MDC online event

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 06, 2021
Virtual program designed for ages 2-6.
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MDC offers free sessions on fire starting outdoors in wet winter weather

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 05, 2021

Learn how to keep warm while winter camping or backyard stargazing

A man chops wood

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces January programs

News from the region

Central
Jan 04, 2021

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

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MDC’s Cape Nature Center to offer Tree Tapping 101 program, much more in Jan.

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 04, 2021

Mark your calendar to attend MDC’s free in-person and virtual events this winter.

MDC staff teach a woman how to tree tap.

MDC Notable News for 2020

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 04, 2021
Despite COVID challenges, MDC staff continued and adapted conservation work.
Guilkey Elk

High COVID numbers force MDC to temporarily close Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 04, 2021
Staff will continue to conduct virtual events and operate phones at facility.
Shoal Creek Sign

MDC to host winter bird ID webinar with Missouri River Bird Observatory

News from the region

Central
Dec 31, 2020
Register to attend FREE webinar and get the most out of your birding experience this winter.
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Donate Christmas trees to wildlife at MDC Central Regional Office drop-off site

News from the region

Central
Dec 31, 2020
Recycling Christmas trees can help improve fish and wildlife habitat in central Missouri.
recycled Christmas trees

MDC, City of Dexter provide new well at Dexter City Lake

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 29, 2020
Without replacing the well, water levels would have dropped, possibly resulting in fish die-off.
new well at the north end of Dexter City Lake

Learn about white bass fishing at Jan. 12 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 29, 2020
Get tips on how to hook this popular sportfish at this online event.
white bass

MDC reminds public to pick up trash, not litter when visiting conservation areas

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 28, 2020
Conservation area visitors are asked to please take trash bags for picking up litter and properly disposing of it.
freeing a ruddy duck from fishing line

Trail renovations planned at MDC's Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 22, 2020
Beginning Jan. 5, portions of trails will be closed while work is underway.
Springfield Nature Center Boardwalk Trail Sign

MDC reports elk hunters go five for five in inaugural elk hunt

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 22, 2020
MDC congratulates five hunters who each harvested a bull elk during the inaugural season!
Guilkey with harvested Elk

Learn about barred owls at Dec. 29 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 22, 2020
Get tips on how to look and listen for this nocturnal bird at this online event.
barred owl

December's flowers that are icy white

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 21, 2020

MDC suggests plants that produce frost flowers for native gardens

Ice flower

MDC foresters suggest ways to recycle live Christmas trees after the holidays

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 21, 2020
You can repurpose a natural Christmas tree in a variety of ways to benefit, wildlife, plants and people.
Sinking used Christmas trees in ponds to create fish habitat

MDC offers sequel to popular Birds on the Move virtual program Jan. 13

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2020

Birds on the Move Part Two program will dive deeper into bird migrations during this free online program.

A flock of purple martins migrate through Missouri.

MDC to close Cape Nature Center, Southeast Regional Offices to public amid rising COVID-19 concerns

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 18, 2020

MDC Southeast Regional Offices and Cape Girardeau Nature Center will close to the public beginning Dec. 21.

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MDC restricting access to offices in the Kansas City region on Dec. 22 due to COVID-19 concerns

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 17, 2020

Services remain available by phone or internet, Lake City and Parma Woods ranges will remain open

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MDC extends MRAP landowner enrollment deadline to Jan. 15

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 16, 2020
Program offers landowner incentives while increasing public access opportunities.
Hunter at MRAP site

Cpl. Aaron Post named Outstanding Missouri Conservation Agent

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 16, 2020
Agent Post honored for his service in Platte County
Cpl. Aaron Post

MDC closes offices in Northeast Region amid rise in COVID-19 cases

News from the region

Northeast
Dec 15, 2020

Offices will remain staffed, but closed to visitors until health conditions warrant reopening.

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MDC closes St. Joseph and Chillicothe offices to the public due to rising COVID-19 concerns

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 15, 2020

Staff can still answer phone calls and do no-contact sales of Nature Events Calendars

St. Joseph Regional Headquarters sign

Powder Valley Nature Center joins Audubon Center at Riverlands’ Bows for Birds Challenge

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 14, 2020

The nature center will host a Bows for Birds station throughout the St. Louis area challenge, which runs from Dec. 12-Feb. 6, 2021.

Bows for Birds Challenge

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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