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MDC and MCFC encourage nominations of local tree stewards for award recognition.

Deadline is Jan. 6 for Arbor Award of Excellence nominations | Missouri Department of Conservation

UPDATE: Eagle Day event on Saturday at LaBenite Park has been cancelled. -- Joe@MDC

Eagle Day event for Dec. 10 at LaBenite Park cancelled | Missouri Department of Conservation

WRENS -- Discover how these energetic songbirds are fun to watch and easy to identify in this short video. -- Kipp@MDC
Thank you to Allison Leisenring of MDC for sharing this pic of a recent sunset at Hunnewell Lake on Hunnewell Lake Conservation Area. Get more info on the area at [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ] -- Joe@MDC
FYI: The trails at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center will be closed for a managed deer hunt this Saturday through Monday. Learn more from MDC and the Springfield News Leader below. -- Joe@MDC

Nature Center becomes hunting ground Saturday-Monday; trails closed

DUCK GUMBO RECIPE -- Here's a spicy recipe to warm you up on those cold winter days! This and other recipe details are available online: [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ] -- Kipp@MDC
NEW FLORENCE, MO) November 29, 2016 -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding the northern bobwhite to Working Lands for

NRCS Expanding Efforts to aid Bobwhite Quail

DISCOVER NATURE by looking for migrating snow geese congregating in wetlands and fields across Missouri. Learn more from MDC and KBIA in the related post and at [ Kbia.org Link ] - Joe@MDC
As colder air moves into Missouri this week, keep an eye to the sky for honking flocks of snow geese.

Discover Nature: Migrating Geese

ATTENTION BIRDERS: Interested in helping with a Christmas Bird Count? They are happening in the next few weeks! Whether you are a beginner or seasoned birder, the Christmas Bird Count is a good opportunity to be part of an international citizen science effort. The Christmas Bird Count is run by the national Audubon Society and is an effort to count birds from morning until night in a...
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CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Missouri Department of Conservation is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans, and is seeking public input on how the Tower Rock Natural

Public input sought for Tower Rock Natural Area

Find out what are some of the advantages to having a live Christmas tree in your house during the holidays with KPLR 11 story below. Learn more about how to properly care for a Christmas tree on MDC's website at [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ]. -- Lucas@MDC

The many benefits of choosing a real Christmas tree

Call Before You Cut is a national program designed to offer professional assistance to landowners who are considering timber sales. In Missouri, this program is administered through the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry and the Missouri Tree Farm Program. The...
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Proper timber management helps landowners, loggers, wildlife

MDC and partners offer the chance to discover a close connection with the bald eagle. Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15. Learn more below. -- Lucas@MDC

MDC and partners bring Eagle Days to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Jan. 14-15 | Missouri Department of Conservation

#WisdomWednesday – SPEED BURNER: Beep, beep? No. Coo, coo. Greater roadrunners are large, leggy birds in the cuckoo family. They run better than they fly, hoofing it across southern Missouri’s glades and woodlands at nearly 20 miles per hour. Roadrunners need speed to chase down prey such as lizards, snakes and scorpions. Once they catch a critter, roadrunners bash it brainless against a rock...
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Learn more about the raccoon below with MDC and the Springfield News- Leader or visit MDC's website at [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ]. -- Lucas@MDC

Critter of the week: Raccoon

CATCH & RELEASE TROUT SEASON -- Enjoy the solitude and action during these special weekends at Missouri’s state trout parks. For more info: [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ] -- Kipp@MDC
REMINDER: Our Natural Events Calendar makes a great holiday gift that lasts the whole year. -- Joe@MDC

Discover nature with MDC 2017 Natural Events Calendar | Missouri Department of Conservation

REMINDER: Holiday shoppers can buy online and also visit an MDC nature center around the state. Learn more below. -- Joe@MDC

Give holiday gifts from MDC Nature Shops | Missouri Department of Conservation