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May 31 is last chance to apply for MDC’s first elk hunts in fall

News from the region

Statewide
May 27, 2020
Apply until May 31 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, through MO Hunting app, or a permit vendor.
bull elk at Peck Ranch

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

Bald eagles continue nesting comeback in Missouri

News from the region

Kansas City
May 27, 2020

MDC tracking eagle nests statewide to monitor iconic raptors

Bald eagles near their nest in a tree

MDC promotes Reva Dow as manager of Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

News from the region

Ozark
May 26, 2020

Dow began volunteering at the center since it opened, later transitioned to naturalist.

Reva Dow stands next to the entrance sign to Twin Pines Conservation Center

Get hooked on fishing with MDC Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7

News from the region

Statewide
May 20, 2020
MDC reminds anglers that fishing permits are required, except for Free Fishing Days.
boy holding fish

MDC shares ways to make wetlands work for you

News from the region

Kansas City
May 20, 2020

Planning and engineering can tailor wetland functions to landowner goals

Sunset at Kendzora Conservation Area

Enjoy National Trails Day, June 6, at an MDC trail near you

News from the region

Southwest
May 20, 2020
Special day is great chance to discover hiking opportunities at MDC areas.
Little Sac Woods Conservation Area sign

MDC plans replacement of parking lot at Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area

News from the region

Kansas City
May 19, 2020

Lake's main parking lot at Lafayette County area will be closed during the project

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Join MDC June 3 for Webcast on Wild Turkey Management

News from the region

Statewide
May 19, 2020
Comment during June on MDC Wild Turkey Management Plan at mdc.mo.gov/turkeyplan.
wild turkey hen with poults

MDC wants public comments on proposed bear-hunting season

News from the region

Statewide
May 18, 2020
Learn more through May 27 webcast and comment online by June 5 at mdc.mo.gov/bears.
black bear

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 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 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 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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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