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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!

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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

MDC extends closures and trout-tag waiver due to COVID-19

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 09, 2020
MDC facility closures and cancellations of public events are extended through April 30. Daily trout tag waiver is extended at trout parks until further notice. Free fishing permit waiver ends April 15.
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MDC grant helps Missouri State University remove invasive trees

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 09, 2020
TRIM grant helps fund removal of Callery pear trees from MSU campus.
Missouri State University

MDC sets migratory game bird and waterfowl hunting seasons

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 08, 2020
For more information on hunting in Missouri, visit MDC online at mdc.mo.gov.
Dove season

MDC announces Missouri’s first elk-hunting season coming this fall!

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 08, 2020
Apply May 1 - 31 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through a permit vendor.
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MDC confirms invasive emerald ash borer has spread to 78 Missouri counties

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 06, 2020

Tree-killing pest behind recent reports of trees with bark missing.

A map of Missouri continues infested with emerald ash borer

MDC reports young hunters bagged 2,712 turkeys over youth weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 06, 2020
Top harvest counties were Miller with 74 birds checked, Franklin with 62, and Callaway and Sainte Genevieve with 60 each.
Haleigh Fike with first turkey

MDC needs birders to help with annual breeding bird survey

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 06, 2020
Volunteers needed to help with 2020 North American Breeding Bird Survey May 27 – July 7.
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MDC asks public to avoid Headwaters Access as construction continues

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 06, 2020

The area remains closed until construction is complete.

Headwaters Access entrance sign

MDC encourages you to enjoy Missouri’s flowering trees and shrubs!

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 03, 2020

Take a moment to enjoy the therapeutic beauty of springtime in Missouri

Serviceberry, spicebush, redbud, and wild plum

MDC reminds people to follow health precautions while outdoors

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 02, 2020
Find Places to Go and Things to Do to Discover Nature at nature.mdc.mo.gov/.
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MDC Media Staff

Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
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