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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 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 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 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

MDC urges Missourians to keep wildlife wild

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 21, 2020

Newborn animals, such as birds, rabbits and fawns, are best left alone

A cotton tailed rabbit nest

Morale boosters for the empty-handed morel seekers

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 20, 2020

MDC says morels elusive for some, but spring woods are always interesting

A group of morels

Crawford County Conservation Agent Patrice Reese named Outstanding Agent of the Year for MDC’s St. Louis region

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 20, 2020

Conservation Agent Patrice Reese recently received the St. Louis region’s top honor among her peers.

Patrice Reese

MDC urges drivers to slow down and give turtles a brake!

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 17, 2020

Turtles are crossing Missouri roads this spring looking for grub and a mate.

A turtle crossing the road

MDC recommends native species for spring planting

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 17, 2020

To help wildlife, plant natives while also removing nonnative and invasive plants

Serviceberry tree with a cardinal on a birdfeeder

Pass not the pawpaw when picking backyard trees to plant this spring

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 15, 2020

Native tree bears edible fruit in autumn and hosts zebra swallowtail butterflies

Paw paw bloom

Simple plantings can create a prairie at home

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 14, 2020
MDC says use small plots and basic plants for easy-start native wildflowers
purple coneflowers

MDC invites new adult turkey hunters to virtual turkey clinic May 8

News from the region

Northeast
Apr 14, 2020

Register to attend this free clinic for adults who have never harvested a wild turkey.

A wild turkey

MDC cancels May kids’ fishing day events at trout parks

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 13, 2020

Events scheduled in May at Missouri’s trout parks have been cancelled amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

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MDC urges public to “bee-friend” native pollinators

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 10, 2020

Support Missouri bees this spring by planting native flowers and mowing less.

A green sweat bee collects pollen from a flower.

MDC adds fish habitat at Truman Lake

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 10, 2020

Sinking cedar trees in key locations keeps fishery healthy

Trees for fish at Truman Lake

Discover the surprising world of lichens and mosses

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 09, 2020

MDC says finding them on trees and stone makes a good scavenger hunt

Lichen on tree bark

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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
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Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
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(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