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Fall colors of trees and vines are focus of Oct. 2 MDC online program

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 25, 2020
People can learn more about fall color they may see on a typical Ozarks trail.
sumac in red fall color

Firearms turkey hunting expected to be similar to recent seasons

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 24, 2020
MDC brood-survey results show turkey production will likely be on-par with last several years.
turkey in tall grass

MDC offers free autumn Discover Nature—Fishing lessons in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 24, 2020

Participants will learn fishing techniques and go fishing with instructor help

MDC staff help a mother and daughter bait a fishing hook

MDC invites families to create a hellbender craft at Busch Conservation Area Oct. 3

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 24, 2020

Find artistic inspiration in this unusual and endangered salamander.

Hellbender

MDC offers free guided Missouri River float trips on Oct. 15 at Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 23, 2020
Participants must register by Oct. 9 and attend orientation session
woman kayaking on Missouri River

MDC reminds anglers of regulation change regarding the use of live bait

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 23, 2020

Fish defined as invasive, such as common and grass carp, cannot be used as live bait.

Common carp

Join MDC Wild Webcast Oct. 20 to learn about creepy critters

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 23, 2020
Register at short.mdc.mo.gov/Z2v and join the webcast live at noon.
Chestnut Lamprey Open Mouth

Sept. 25 MDC program will provide gardening tips for attracting pollinators

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 22, 2020

Online event will provide information on how to attract beneficial insects to your yard.

Swallowtail butterfly

Learn to make and catch fish with cane fishing poles at MDC workshop in Lancaster

News from the region

Northeast
Sep 22, 2020

Register to attend a FREE Discover Nature – Fishing workshop for all ages.

Cane fishing pole equipment

MDC offers hunter education skills class Oct. 13 in Chillicothe

Sep 22, 2020
Class allows new hunters to complete required hunter education course
man teaching hunter education to girl

MDC welcomes fall with Sept. 26 guided hike at Tywappity Community Lake

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 22, 2020
Guided hike at MDC area in Scott County will consist of 2.5-mile trek.
great blue heron

Learn how to eat well outdoors at MDC virtual cooking for camping and hiking class Sept. 30

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 21, 2020

From fire to feast, outdoor trekkers will learn the basics of cooking in the wild and then some with this free class.

Outdoor food

MDC’s Cape Girardeau Nature Center to host in-person bow-making workshops in October

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 21, 2020

Participants will get a chance to learn how to make a traditional longbow.

Cape Girardeau Nature Center

MDC kids' program focuses on nature's small wonders

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 21, 2020

Program highlights insects and other creatures that thrive on a forest floor.

Forest floor

Turkey Hunters: MDC wants fall feathers

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 18, 2020
Feathers needed for new MDC research project to help improve wild turkey management.
turkey feathers

MDC holds two nature programs at Tower Grove Park in September

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 18, 2020
St. Louis residents can connect with nature with free in-person programs Sept. 25 and 26 in the city’s celebrated park.
string art rendering of a red fox

MDC offers virtual squirrel hunting clinic, and mentored hunt in Boone County

News from the region

Central
Sep 18, 2020
New hunters: Register to attend this free virtual clinic and mentored hunting opportunity.
three people squirrel hunting

Get tips on choosing optical devices at MDC virtual program on Sept. 24

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 18, 2020

Online program will have information about rifle scopes, crossbow scopes, binoculars, and spotting scopes.

man with rifle scope

Trees are focus of MDC online kids' program on Sept. 24

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 18, 2020

Children can learn more about the many benefits trees provide at free virtual program.

Fall tree scene

Learn how to make a longbow at MDC virtual program on Sept. 24

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 17, 2020

Participants can also try their bow-making skills at hands-on events Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at MDC's Twin Pines Center.

MDC logo

Learn how to prepare raccoon pelts at MDC's Cape Girardeau Nature Center on Sept. 26

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 17, 2020

Participants will get hands-on experience in all phases of pelt preparation.

Men with raccoon pelt

Learn about doves at Sept. 24 MDC virtual program

News from the region

Southwest
Sep 17, 2020

Get information about three species of doves found in Missouri.

Mourning dove on branch

MDC finds suspect in Carter County elk poaching case

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 16, 2020
Deborah Flanigan of Chaffee charged with shooting a cow elk and abandoning the animal.
Poached Cow Elk

Enjoy date night for nature lovers at a pair of MDC in-person programs this September

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 15, 2020

Two special outdoor date night outings, Sept. 19 and 26, offer socially-distanced options for couples.

A couple goes hiking

MDC invites people to enjoy an early fall guided hike Sept. 19

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 15, 2020

St. Francis River, Tiemann Shut-Ins among highlights of four-mile trek

Millstream Gardens Conservation Area

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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