Turtles are a special kind of animal. Kids seem to grow up loving their occasional turtle encounters and don’t mind waiting for long periods of time for that shy turtle

Mystery in a shell

The center will maintain regular open hours from April 1 to November 30. Learn more below. -- Joe@MDC

Twin Pines reopens with Heritage Day celebration April 1 | Missouri Department of Conservation

BOBCATS -- Here's an animal few people see... and yet, they’re more common in Missouri than many people realize. Learn more in this short video and by accessing our online Field Guide: [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ] -- Kipp@MDC.
With Arbor Days in April coming up, here is some info from VOX magazine on planting trees. -- Joe@MDC

Plant a tree outside, save energy inside

CHIRPING TREE FROGS: Tree frogs are chirping and trilling with the warm weather. Learn more from our online Field Guide at [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ] -- Joe@MDC
BADGERS -- They may not be a common sight in Missouri, but they have a knack for digging into things. Learn more in this short video and by accessing our online Field Guide: [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ] -- Kipp@MDC
SPRINGS END FOREST NATURAL AREA: 2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Missouri Natural Areas Program. This week we feature Springs End Forest Natural Area in Crawford and Phelps Counties. It features one of the largest bottomland forest tracts left in the middle Meramec River region. Enjoy a scenic float along 2.5 miles of the Meramec River through this bottomland forest, lush with...
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"It was a dangerous situation. Removing the birds lessens the potential for air strikes"

Bass Pro joins effort to trap, move wild turkeys at SGF airport

Congratulations to Conservation Agent Marsha Jones on her retirement! - Joe@MDC

Marsha Jones retires after 28 years with MDC

This week, on Discover Nature, take a walk outside, and you may hear one of the first serenades signifying spring on the horizon.

Discover Nature: Spring Peeper

Longtime Agent Jeff Brown retired in late February, and Agent Chris Decoske, who had been serving Macon County since 2015, was reassigned to Randolph County. - Joe@MDC

New conservation agent assigned to Randolph County

Bears are big! Not just in real life, but on social media as well. A post on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Facebook page earlier this month showing bear cubs found during a den survey drew more than 40,000 views. Wildlife damage biologist Tom Meister visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to talk a...

Conservation Connection – Learning more about Missouri black bears

Conservation Department encourages planting of native trees and offers tips and other info.

MDC encourages celebrating Missouri trees during Arbor Days in April | Missouri Department of Conservation

Award honors Chambers’ four-plus decades of award-winning conservation work.

MDC congratulates Glenn Chambers on Master Conservationist Award | Missouri Department of Conservation

Pick up free birding lists at the center during regular business hours or at scheduled birding events.

Feathered Friends event continues big birding year at Cape Nature Center | Missouri Department of Conservation

For professional operation and maintenance of wastewater and drinking water systems in Southwest Missouri, contact Ozarks Environmental Services.

A Connect to Nature Family Project: Save the Monarchs

PRAIRIE CHICKENS – These colorful birds have a unique courtship dance that is a real foot stomper. But the ritual is becoming a rare site in the state. AskMDC explains in this short video. #WisdomWednesday -- Kristie@MDC
WALLEYE TIDBITS RECIPE -- Try these savory bites and you'll want them as the main course instead of as an appetizer. This and other recipe details are available online: [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ] -- Kipp@MDC
MDC Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center will host a free special presentation about Leopold 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, in Kansas City. Susan Flader, University of Missouri professor emerita of environmental, western, and Missouri history, will explore Leopold’s frequent engagement with Missouri and Missourians, and the challenges he posed and still poses for our time. The program is...
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MDC hosts free Susan Flader presentation on Aldo Leopold | Missouri Department of Conservation