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MDC notes catfish mortality at Johnston Lake in Raymore

News from the region

Kansas City
May 11, 2021
Loss is from stocking stress and will not harm fishery
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MDC reports spring turkey season ended with 34,593 birds harvested

News from the region

Statewide
May 10, 2021
Top harvest counties for the regular season were Franklin, Texas, and Callaway.
tom turkey

MDC asks anglers to help stop invasive round gobies

News from the region

St. Louis
May 06, 2021

Anglers should report all sightings and dispose of these non-native fish without returning them to the water.

Round gobie

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces May programs

News from the region

Central
May 06, 2021

FREE public programs include outdoor and virtual events to ensure public safety.

Clifty Creek Conservation Area

MDC hires two new conservation educators in southwest Missouri

News from the region

Southwest
May 06, 2021
Whittaker and Rodery, both southwest Missouri natives, will work with schools throughout region.

MDC and iNaturalist connect people with citizen science in Kansas City

News from the region

Kansas City
May 05, 2021

Free programs at Gorman Discovery Center on nature study with digital devices

Woman using iNaturalist app

Bear sightings reported in St. Louis and nearby counties—MDC biologists say don’t feed them

News from the region

St. Louis
May 05, 2021

Food can make the difference between peacefully sharing Missouri’s landscape with bears and problematic conflicts.

Black bear close up

MDC offers free archery and handgun classes in May at Parkville

News from the region

Kansas City
May 05, 2021
Experts at Parma Woods Shooting Range will provide instruction
man shooting handgun

Get more vegetables—attend MDC’s Beneficial Bugs in the Garden program at Busch Conservation Area May 8

News from the region

St. Louis
May 05, 2021
Discover how helpful insects hold the secret to more productive vegetable yields.
Green lacewing

MDC's Lake City Range offers a free class and special events in May

News from the region

Kansas City
May 05, 2021

Range near Buckner offering basic pistol courses and ongoing shotgun programs

Shooting at Lake City Trap Range

Missouri man steals redear sunfish state record from friend

News from the region

Statewide
May 05, 2021

Alex Phillips was bowfishing with the previous record holder when he shot the fish.

Alex Phillips holds redear sunfish

MDC and MPF host native plant sale in Kansas City on May 15

News from the region

Kansas City
May 04, 2021

Find potted native plants and seeds from vendors at Gorman Discovery Center

Variety of native flowers

MDC staffed facilities in St. Louis Region will close May 7 to observe Truman Day

News from the region

St. Louis
May 04, 2021

Outdoor spaces will remain accessible and staffed facilities will reopen May 8.

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MDC encourages people to Be Bear Aware this spring

News from the region

Statewide
May 04, 2021
MDC reminds people that a “fed bear is a dead bear.”
two bears

USDA awards MDC two partnership projects to enhance cropland acres, restore and protect sand prairies

News from the region

Statewide
May 04, 2021

The two projects are awarded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Field border planted on cropland acres in Audrain County

MDC invites public to May 15 kayak clinic and float trip on Current River

News from the region

Ozark
May 04, 2021
Clinic will conclude with a float on one of Missouri's most scenic rivers.
kayaking on the Current River

MDC encourages you to help Missouri’s bumble bees!

News from the region

Statewide
May 04, 2021

Help native bumble bees by participating in the Missouri Bumble Bee Atlas community science project.

Common eastern bumble bee on flower

MDC supports Plein Air Painting Event at MPF's Snowball Hill Prairie May 22

News from the region

Kansas City
May 03, 2021

Interpretive hikes and information tables available during event near Harrisonville

Coneflowers and coreopsis

MDC Cape Nature Center announces May programs

News from the region

Southeast
May 03, 2021

Don’t forget to register online for free in-person and virtual MDC nature events this month.

Girl with plant

MDC offers free classes in May to help families head outdoors

News from the region

Kansas City
May 03, 2021

Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs teaches fishing and kayaking

Staff helping teen fish

Join MDC and the World Bird Sanctuary for two live raptor programs in May

News from the region

St. Louis
May 03, 2021

Meet birds of prey in person at these free events happening on May 16 and 28.

World Bird Sanctuary staff member holds bald eagle

Apply during May for MDC fall elk-hunting permits

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 30, 2021
MDC is offering five elk-hunting permits. Apply online during May at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits.
Elk Hunting Digest 2021_cover

MDC offering permit applications during May for fall bear hunting

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 30, 2021
Apply online May 1-31 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits for a chance at one of 400 bear permits.
Black Bear Hunting Digest 2021_cover

MDC requests information about recent mower theft at Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 30, 2021

The John Deere CX15 rotary mower was stolen around April 22.

John Deere rotary mower

MDC Twin Pines CEC to close for Truman Day

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 30, 2021
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center (CEC) will be closed Friday, May. 7.
Twin Pines sign

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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