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MDC offers easy ways to learn about fishing

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 19, 2021
Get started with free Discover Nature — Fishing classes or online tips
Discover Nature — Fishing class

MDC to offer virtual forest and woodland workshop April 22

News from the region

Central
Apr 19, 2021

Learn how to enhance farm stewardship, increase wildlife habitat, and make farms more productive.

Woodland

Wayne County angler catches world record-sized spotted gar

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 19, 2021

Devlin Rich of Williamsville caught a 10-pound, 9-ounce fish from Wappapello Lake.

Devlin Rich holds record spotted gar

MDC to host Intro to Birding and Spring Bird ID webinar with Missouri River Bird Observatory April 22

News from the region

Central
Apr 16, 2021

Register to attend FREE webinar and get the most out of your birding experience this spring.

Male summer tanager on tree branch

Learn how to use the mobile app, iNaturalist with MDC at multi-part program in April

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 16, 2021
The sequence includes free virtual and in-person sessions that will have naturalists using this powerful app with confidence.
iNaturalist

Go on a mushroom hunt with MDC naturalists at Rockwoods Reservation April 23

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 16, 2021

Hone mycological skills on a guided hunt to look for common spring mushrooms.

Basket of morel mushroomsq

MDC and partners offer free Get Outdoors event April 24 in Blue Springs

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 16, 2021

Instructors will teach a wide variety of outdoor skills at Lake Remembrance

Little girl with fish

MDC invites volunteers to help restore St. Louis County parks back to nature April 23 and 24

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 15, 2021
Volunteers can plant trees and remove invasive plants during workdays at two St. Louis County Parks.
volunteer

MDC offers free native plant and tree seedlings April 24 in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 15, 2021

Native plant and tree giveaway will be at the Gorman Discovery Center

Native purple coneflower

Explore careers in conservation with MDC during virtual job fair April 20

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 14, 2021

Whether getting a start in the professional world or changing careers, learn how your talents might help conservation in Missouri.

Three conservation agents outside of an MDC truck

MDC offers native grass management workshop in Tipton April 21

News from the region

Central
Apr 14, 2021

Register today to attend and learn about multiple aspects of native warm-season grass management.

Cows in native grass

MDC invites trash bashers to litter cleanup in O’Fallon Park April 18

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 13, 2021

Help beautify this St. Louis City park for people and wildlife.

Little girl cleans up litter

Discover amphibians on virtual night hike April 30 with MDC State Herpetologist Jeff Briggler

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 13, 2021

This free online program will enable participants to follow Briggler on a hike to find amphibians in the wild.

Singing gray treefrog

MDC and CFM thank deer hunters, processors, and sponsors for sharing the harvest

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 13, 2021
This season’s donations of 238,920 pounds take overall total to more than 4.5 million pounds.
STH meat

MDC needs experienced birders’ help with breeding bird survey

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 12, 2021
North American Breeding Bird Survey is back for 2021 and MDC needs volunteers.
female American goldfinch

Join MDC for guided bird hike on Current River on April 24

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 12, 2021

Now is a good time to see a variety of resident and migrant species in spring courtship colors.

Prothonotary warbler with worms

MDC urges public to “bee-friend” native pollinators

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 12, 2021

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

Green sweat bee on native flower

MDC reports young hunters bagged 2,771 turkeys over youth weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 12, 2021
Top harvest counties were Miller with 73 birds checked, Texas with 71, and Callaway with 68.
Colten Scheulen with turkey

Volunteers clean up over 8 tons of trash on new addition to Young Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 12, 2021
Thanks to the efforts of more than two dozen volunteers, 70 newly-added acres adjacent to the area are closer to opening for the public.
litter cleanup event at Young Conservation Area

MDC’s St. Louis Regional Office on Busch Conservation Area is now open

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 12, 2021
The office is offering lobby and front desk access for the public; all outdoor facilities on the area remain open.
MDC St. Louis Regional Office

MDC suspends current river gauge requirements impacting spring turkey hunting in portions of southeast Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 09, 2021
Recently approved changes raise the Mississippi River levels that will trigger closing the spring turkey and fall deer and turkey hunting seasons by two feet.
MDC Color Logo

MDC receives donation of 250 birdhouses from family of Chaffee native

Apr 09, 2021
Donation helps share lifelong love of the outdoors by extending nature outreach statewide.
birdhouses from Seyer family

MDC to offer workshops in northeast Missouri on morel mushrooms April 13, 15

News from the region

Northeast
Apr 09, 2021
Register to attend in-person or virtual offerings.
black morel

MDC encourages public to leave wildlife wild this spring

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 08, 2021

Interfering with wild animals oftentimes does more harm than good.

Young fawn in grass

New handgun shooters—Join MDC for virtual Beginning Handgun class April 19

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 08, 2021

This free online course will cover all the basics of proper and safe handgun use.

Woman aims handgun

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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