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MDC offers autumn tips for native plant gardens

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 27, 2020
Prepare for next spring and help beneficial insects this winter
two women in native plant garden

MDC reminds hunters of baiting regulations during deer and turkey seasons

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 26, 2020

The use of bait, including grain or other feed to attract deer or turkeys, while hunting is prohibited.

2020 Fall Deer & Turkey booklet

Tom and Cathy Aley receive MDC Master Conservationist award

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 26, 2020
MDC thanks the Taney County couple for their decades of cave and karst conservation.
Cathy and Tom Aley holding MDC Master Conservationist award

MDC Lebanon office to be reclassified as a field office

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 26, 2020

Public will still be able to connect with appropriate MDC staff.

Entrance sign to MDC's Lebanon office

MDC supports youth trapshooting program based at Adrian

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 26, 2020

Competition tests shotgun skills for FFA, 4-H, and homeschool students

Archie High School FFA trapshooting team

Join citizen science at MDC's Burr Oak Woods FeederWatch kickoff Nov. 14 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 23, 2020
Winter counts at feeders help scientists track bird populations
birds at feeder

MDC continues repairs at Bob Brown Conservation Area

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 22, 2020
Popular wetland area in Holt County was heavily damaged by 2019 flooding
Bob Brown Conservation Area wooden walkway

MDC to host beginner fly fishing workshop in Columbia

News from the region

Central
Oct 22, 2020
Register to attend this FREE Discover Nature – Fishing course for ages 13+.
person fly fishing

MDC offers Field to Freezer workshop in Kirksville Nov. 2

News from the region

Northeast
Oct 21, 2020
Participants will learn simple steps to field dress and process wild game into cuts for the kitchen.
deer processing

MDC naturalists lead 14.5-mile challenge hike on Green Rock Trail Oct. 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 20, 2020

For anyone up to the adventure, the chance to hike this linear trail will include return transportation.

Two hikers on the Green Rock Trail

MDC maintains sustainable forestry certification

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 20, 2020
More than 658,300 acres of MDC state land are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®.
Gladden Creek

Oct. 29 MDC virtual program to provide deer processing tips

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 20, 2020

Online "Field to Freezer" program will discuss the steps needed to transform a harvested deer into packaged venison

Hunter cutting venison meat

Rockwoods Reservation holds Trail or Treat Halloween-themed event Oct. 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 20, 2020

Experience a nature twist on this free celebration of everyone’s favorite spooky holiday.

eastern screech owl

MDC provides drop-off sites in St. Louis region to aid hunters in voluntary CWD testing

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 19, 2020
Deer head drop-off sites are located in Crawford, Franklin, St. Charles, Warren, Jefferson, and Washington counties.
CWD drop-off box

Spiders will be focus of Oct. 23 program at MDC's Shoal Creek Conservation Center

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 19, 2020

MDC facility has reopened to public and hopes to make gradual return to in-person programs.

Shoal Creek entrance sign with hours of operation

MDC brood survey shows slight improvement in turkey production

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 19, 2020
2020 brought better turkey production to north Missouri while southwest turkey production remains poor.
turkey brood survey results 2020

Kayaking is a great way to enjoy MDC fishing and nature-viewing opportunities in the fall

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 15, 2020

Colorful leaves, clear water, and nature viewing makes autumn a great time to paddle.

Kayaking on a river

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood is now open

News from the region

St. Louis
Oct 15, 2020

Building admittance is currently limited to the front desk, but trails and grounds remain fully accessible to the public.

Powder Valley Nature Center entrance sign

Spiders will be focus of Oct. 20 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Oct 15, 2020

Learn why people should appreciate - not be afraid of - spiders.

Garden spider on web

MDC invites women to free Oct. 24 handgun basics course

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 14, 2020
Sign up to learn proper handgun safety techniques and for shooting opportunities.
agent teaches handgun safety techniques to two women

Wetland conditions vary at MDC waterfowl areas this autumn

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 14, 2020
Drought and infrastructure issues affect some areas in west Missouri
mallard ducks

MDC announces COVID-19 procedural levels for waterfowl managed hunts

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 14, 2020
Hunters encouraged to review draw procedure for their preferred conservation area.
waterfowl hunter in wetland

Conservation partners get special awards from MDC and MCHF

News from the region

Statewide
Oct 14, 2020
Congratulations to Quail Forever & Pheasants Forever, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Sovereign Sportsman Solutions!
quail forever pic

MDC offers Basic Shotgun Wingshooting workshop in Kirksville Oct. 27

News from the region

Northeast
Oct 13, 2020

Participants will learn to hone hunting skills with non-toxic shot for migratory and upland bird species.

A hunter aims his shotgun while hunting with his bird dog

Kayak paddlers welcome at MDC conservation areas

News from the region

Kansas City
Oct 13, 2020

Explore lakes and rivers using MDC boat ramps and access sites

Angler on kayak

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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