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MDC says evaluate your early summer habitat for more quail

News from the region

Statewide
May 15, 2020

Bobwhites need good nest and brood rearing habitat to boost population

Quail in native grasses

Peanut the Turtle returns from recent surgery; now recovering and doing well

News from the region

St. Louis
May 14, 2020

The world-famous red-eared slider underwent an operation at the Saint Louis Zoo earlier in May to correct a life-threatening medical condition.

Peanut the Turtle swims in her aquarium

UPDATE: MDC suspends closure at De Bourgmont Access until next week

News from the region

Central
May 13, 2020
Closure will resume May 18 to accommodate ongoing law enforcement investigation.
De Bourgmont Access

MDC reroutes and renovates multi-use trail at Daniel Boone Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
May 12, 2020

The new trail modifications will provide an improved experience for trail users and help protect a delicate natural area.

Daniel Boone Conservation Area trail head

MDC says hatched peregrine falcon chicks are viewable online

News from the region

Kansas City
May 12, 2020

Internet address for one falcon nest has changed recently

Peregrine falcon with three chicks in nesting box

MDC reports spring turkey season ended with 41,454 birds harvested

News from the region

Statewide
May 11, 2020
Top harvest counties for regular season were Franklin, Callaway, and Laclede.
girl and dad with girl's harvested turkey

MDC reminds Missourians squirrel and black bass seasons open Memorial Day weekend

News from the region

Statewide
May 11, 2020

Hunt squirrel and catch-and-keep black bass beginning May 23

A grey squirrel crawls on a tree branch

MDC says bag one more thing while outdoors to help conservation

News from the region

Kansas City
May 06, 2020

Take along a trash sack and clean up along the trail

Soda can in nature

MDC reports final CWD results for 2019-2020 season

News from the region

Statewide
May 06, 2020
MDC confirms 46 more cases of deadly deer disease. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/CWD.
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Celebrate Missouri wetlands during American Wetlands Month in May

News from the region

Statewide
May 06, 2020

Learn how Missouri’s different wetland natural communities play an important role in the ecosystem.

Sunset at Kendzora Conservation Area

MDC De Bourgmont Access on Lamine River closed for police investigation

News from the region

Central
May 05, 2020

Access will reopen as soon as possible.

De Bourgmont Access on the Lamine River

MDC says track summer birds near home for fun and learning

News from the region

Kansas City
May 05, 2020
A variety of songbirds sing through summer in urban and rural areas
female summer tanager

MDC says second peregrine falcon nest in the Kansas City area viewable online

News from the region

Kansas City
May 04, 2020

People can watch streaming video of falcon nest at Iatan Power Plant

A peregrine falcon and her chicks in a nesting box

Apply during May for MDC’s first elk hunts in fall

News from the region

Statewide
May 01, 2020
Apply May 1 - 31 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, through MO Hunting app, or a permit vendor.
bull elk at Peck Ranch

MDC works to safely reopen facilities closed by COVID-19

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 30, 2020
MDC facilities will remain temporarily closed until reopening plan is in place, including safety requirements in buildings. MDC programs and events cancelled through May 31.
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Butler County angler catches world record size spotted sucker

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 29, 2020

Tyler Goodale of Poplar Bluff caught a 5-pound, 4-ounce spotted sucker from Duck Creek Conservation Area.

Tyler Goodale poses with his state record spotted sucker

MDC encourages anglers to harvest crappie at Reed Area lakes in Lee's Summit

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 29, 2020
Fishery can be improved by reducing crappie population
bunch of caught crappie

Madison County man shoots new state record gizzard shad

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 29, 2020

Joseph Duncan of Fredericktown shot a state record 3-pound, 9-ounce shad on a private pond

Joseph Duncan shows off his state record gizzard shad.

MDC reminds conservation area visitors to use physical distancing and follow area regulations

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 28, 2020

Enjoy the outdoors but follow fishing regulations and be courteous to others

A man and boy fishing

MDC says peregrine falcon nest in Kansas City now viewable online

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 28, 2020

People can watch nesting falcons via streaming video

Three chicks inside a peregrine falcon nesting box

Time to update MDC Mo Hunting app

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 24, 2020
Android and iOS users of MDC MO Hunting app need to update it for continued use.
MO HUNTING app cover image

MDC and St. Louis area City Nature Challenge 2020 partners invite everyone to join worldwide citizen science effort kicking off April 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 23, 2020

You can become a scientist in the St. Louis region by taking part in this global citizen science data collecting effort.

The iNaturalist app on a smart phone.

MDC thanks paddlefish snaggers for help with research

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 23, 2020

Information from tagged fish helps biologists track paddlefish and the fishery's progress

MDC biologists with a paddlefish on a boat

MDC launches new podcast to connect listeners with nature

Apr 22, 2020

MDC’s Nature Boost podcast is now available wherever you find your favorite podcasts!

Nature Boost digital signature

MDC says new crappie regulation at Smithville Lake showing good results

News from the region

Northwest
Apr 22, 2020

Anglers are reminded the lake has special crappie length and creel regulations

black and white crappie

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Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
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Bill Graham
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Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
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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