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MDC's Springfield Nature Center to be closed during holidays

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 21, 2018
Building and trails to be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Springfield Nature Center Sign

Young birders can test skills at Jan. 5 Kids' Bird Count event

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 21, 2018
Ozarks Gateway Audubon and MDC partner on event at Walter Woods Conservation Area.
girl looks through spotting scope.

MDC hosts fifth annual ice fishing workshop in Hunnewell on Jan. 12

News from the region

Northeast
Dec 21, 2018
Register to attend this FREE Discover Nature – Fishing workshop and learn on-the-ice fishing techniques.
ice fishing workshop

MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in northeast Missouri

News from the region

Northeast
Dec 21, 2018
Free workshops will include classroom session and a demonstration burn, weather permitting.
prescribed fire

Cape Nature Center features a Year of Fish for 2019

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 20, 2018
Similar to a big birding year, nature programs throughout the year will feature native fish species.
girl holding bass

Landowners are invited to learn about invasive weeds from MDC, MU Extension, TNC

News from the region

Ozark
Dec 19, 2018
These organizations and others hope to work with the public to tackle invasive weed problems.
musk thistle

MDC Workshops in Eminence, Salem teach prescribed fire for land, wildlife management tool

News from the region

Ozark
Dec 19, 2018
Landowners should preregister for their desired workshop.
MDC staff demonstrates a prescribed burn during a workshop

MDC offers free fly tying classes in January at Parma Woods Shooting Range in Parkville

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 19, 2018
Participants are asked to sign up by Dec. 28
tying a fly

Pump station project approved for MDC's Fountain Grove Conservation Area

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2018
Project will improve water management for wetland habitats
Mallards at Fountain Grove Conservation Area

MDC crowns state champion American sycamore tree in Hannibal

News from the region

Northeast
Dec 18, 2018
Mark Twain Cave property recognized as home to one of the largest Sycamore trees in the state.
two people pose in front of co-champion American sycamore

MDC offers free holiday activities in the Kansas City area

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 18, 2018
Bird banding and art activities for all ages to brighten the holiday season
bird identification

New August A. Busch Shooting Range in Defiance hosts over 44,000 visitors during its first year

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 18, 2018
The state-of the-art shooting facility enjoyed tremendous success since reopening in October 2017.
Shooting at Busch Shooting Range

MDC confirms invasive Emerald Ash Borer in six new Missouri counties

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 18, 2018
Tree-killing pest has now spread to 59 Missouri counties.
EAB Map

MDC seeks recycled Christmas trees to benefit fish and anglers

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 17, 2018

Residents can put their used natural Christmas trees to good use after the holidays at locations in St. Louis, St. Charles and Lincoln Counties.

Recycling Christmas trees can help the environment and anglers

MDC plans Master Naturalist volunteer training Jan. 8 in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 17, 2018
Participants will learn how to use science and service to connect people with nature
Two Master Naturalists with Sign

MDC sets deer and turkey hunting dates for upcoming seasons

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 14, 2018
Learn more about deer and turkey hunting in Missouri at http://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov.
MDC logo

MDC now stocking rainbow trout in St. Louis area lakes, including lunkers up to 10lbs

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 14, 2018
Great trout fishing opportunities are just minutes away for many St. Louis area residents this winter.
trout stocking from truck

MDC plans Master Naturalist volunteer trainings in central Missouri this spring

News from the region

Central
Dec 13, 2018
Participants must register and attend orientation to join classes in Camdenton, Columbia, or Rolla.
Master Naturalists being trained in a field

Court sentencings finalize one of state’s largest-ever poaching investigations

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 13, 2018

Southwest Missouri family has violations in multiple states and Canada

Southwest family faces many wildlife violations in multiple states and Canada.

MDC and partners host Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Jan. 19-20

News from the region

St. Louis
Dec 10, 2018

Visitors can discover our national bird in the wild and up close at this free eagle viewing festival.

Bald Eagle

Public input sought for Osage Fork Conservation Area

News from the region

Southwest
Dec 10, 2018
People can comment on management of this MDC public use area in Laclede County.
Osage Fork Conservation Area Sign

MDC offers candlelit wood walk Dec. 14 in Cape Girardeau

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 06, 2018
No registration is needed for this nighttime nature experience.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center Trails

Find places for outdoor fun with new MDC “MO Outdoors” app

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 06, 2018
Download MDC’s new, free MO Outdoors app through Google Play or the App Store.
MO Outdoors

Visitors see eagles and waterfowl at 40th annual Loess Bluffs Eagle Days

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 04, 2018
Wetland conservation featured at Nov. 30-Dec. 2 event near Mound City
Eagle Nest at Loess Bluffs

MDC reports 6,585 deer harvested during antlerless portion

News from the region

Statewide
Dec 03, 2018
Top harvest counties were Callaway with 261, Osage with 201, and Pike with 193 deer checked.
doe in woods looking at camera

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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
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