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Discover red, white, and blue in nature this holiday weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 29, 2020
Find MDC Places to Go and Things to Do online and through the MDC MO Outdoors app.
Male Summer Tanager

MDC to hold virtual program about butterflies July 9

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 29, 2020

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center will host event about these valuable pollinators.

Swallowtail Butterfly

MDC to offer virtual floating, fishing programs in upcoming weeks

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 26, 2020

Free online programs will cover kayaking, stream fishing, and how to "read" a stream.

Kayak on lake

MDC's Taberville Prairie a release site for endangered American burying beetles

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 24, 2020
Ongoing species restoration project by Saint Louis Zoo showing good progress
burying beetle on flower

MDC prepares to offer outside programs at nature centers and reopen shooting ranges in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 24, 2020

New programs and protocols will be in place as precautions against COVID-19

MDC staff take visitors on a nature hike

MDC says proper tending and disposal of fishing lines protects people and wildlife

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 23, 2020

Help keep rivers and lakes clean and safe

A fishing line and hook swallowed by a dog.

MDC reminds travelers that fishing in Branson area is still good

News from the region

Southwest
Jun 23, 2020

COVID-19 hasn't hampered angling success at Table Rock and Taneycomo.

Boating on Lake Taneycomo

MDC to offer clinic on catfishing with alternative methods July 17–18

News from the region

Northeast
Jun 23, 2020
Register to attend this free clinic, recommended for ages 14-years and older.
family fishing from a boat

MDC provides channel catfishing opportunities at Kansas City area lakes

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 22, 2020
Ponds and lakes in urban neighborhoods are stocked with catfish.
girl with catfish

MDC thanks volunteers for their contributions to conservation

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 18, 2020

Help support nature on your own by participating in citizen science!

Volunteer Naturalist Angie Jungbluth shows kids a pond-life exploration station during a Wetlands for Kids Day event last summer.

MDC reminds people to celebrate safely!

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 16, 2020
Be careful with fireworks, campfires, and other sources of fire that could cause a wildfire.
people around campfire

Apply online for MDC managed deer hunts starting July 1

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 15, 2020
Take a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state.
two does in field

Make a splash this summer during frogging season

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 15, 2020

MDC reminds the public frogging season runs June 30 through Oct. 31

A bullfrog on a log

MDC announces addition to Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie Conservation Area

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 10, 2020

New tract made possible by generous donations by Harry and Lina Berrier

MDC staff speak to the public at Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie

MDC begins online education programs in St. Louis region this June

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 10, 2020

Those interested in learning about nature and outdoor recreation can connect with MDC experts from computers or mobile devices.

Nicki Wheaton with snake

Join MDC webcast July 1 to learn about attracting backyard wildlife

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 08, 2020
Register in advance at short.mdc.mo.gov/Zht and then join the free webcast live.
Attracting backyard wildlife

MDC invites everyone to celebrate National Trails Day on a St. Louis region hiking trail

News from the region

St. Louis
Jun 04, 2020

With many and varied trails to choose from, hiking is a perfect way to enjoy nature while following current social distancing guidelines.

A man hikes on a trail

MDC extends program cancellations to June 30 and will offer more programs online

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 03, 2020
Participate in MDC online programs from the comfort and convenience of where you are.
MDC color logo

MDC celebrates National Trails Day June 6

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 02, 2020

MDC offers hiking options in western Missouri

Burr Oak Woods trail

Wayne County bowfisherman shoots state record spotted sucker

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 01, 2020

John Garver of Williamsville shot a 3-pound, 6-ounce fish at Duck Creek Conservation Area.

John Garver holds his state record spotted sucker

MDC bands peregrine falcon chicks in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Jun 01, 2020

Bands help ornithologists track falcon movements and survival

Banded peregrine falcon chicks

MDC celebrates National Trails Day June 6

News from the region

Northwest
Jun 01, 2020

MDC offers options for hikers on conservation areas in northwest Missouri

Tree at Bluffwoods

MDC considers regulation changes regarding coyote hunting and invasive species control

News from the region

Statewide
May 28, 2020

MDC is proposing revised regulations regarding the use of thermal imaging and night vision equipment for coyote hunting and feral hog control on private properties.

Coyote

MDC updates definition of handguns used for deer hunting

News from the region

Statewide
May 28, 2020
The regulation change does NOT ban any specific make or model of firearm.
MDC color logo

Registration for 2020 Upper Mississippi Waterfowl Blind Drawings opens June 20

News from the region

St. Louis
May 27, 2020
Waterfowl hunters have until July 5 to enter the drawing for blind sites to be held July 7.
Waterfowl hunter in blind

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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