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REMINDER: Discover nature through Eagle Days this weekend at our Springfield Conservation Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Learn more from Ozarks Living below. -- Joe@MDC

Eagle Days this weekend celebrates national bird’s resurgence | Ozarks Living

Learn more with MDC and Fox 2 on how to care for trees after winter storms damage. -- Lucas@MDC

How to take care of your trees and shrubs after the ice storm

Top deer harvest counties were Franklin, Howell, and Texas. Top archery turkey counties were St. Clair, Franklin, and Greene. More in the post. -- Joe@MDC

MDC reports final deer harvest 263,832, archery turkey harvest 2,304 | Missouri Department of Conservation

MDC encourages eagle-lovers of all ages to discover nature and get outdoors to view our nation's most iconic raptor at the annual Eagle Days event in Clarksville. Activities will take place at Lock and Dam 24 and the Apple Shed Theater in Clarksville on Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more below. -- Lucas@MDC

Missouri DOC hosting Eagle Days in Clarksville

#WisdomWednesday – SNOW SLIDESHOW: River otters play more than nearly any other critter. You might see one belly-slide down a snowbank this winter. But life wasn’t always fun for Missouri’s otters. Their numbers had dwindled to fewer than 100 by 1980. This spurred biologists to release otters from Louisiana into Missouri’s rivers and wetlands. The otters liked their new homes, and today...
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Seeing a merlin is a thrilling moment for birders due to the rarity of such sightings.

Critter of the week: Merlin

With crowds more sparse, opportunity is greater to catch something.

Trout anglers who brave winter cold hit big when fishing.

DISCOVERING NATURE: More than 600 fifth graders from St. Louis City schools learned about bald eagles last Wednesday and Thursday at our annual Eagle Days (for schools) at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in north St. Louis. Thanks to live eagle programs by the World Bird Sanctuary and help of MDC volunteers with spotting scopes, the kids got to see eagles both up close and in their natural...
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Strange find will yield an unusual wall mount for landowner

Battling bucks die after antlers lock together in Missouri woods

Students in Jennifer Wright’s third grade class at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary in Columbia love their free classroom subscription to Xplor Magazine. MDC offers these publications, designed to appeal to the ‘kid’ in all of us, for teachers and students, parents and children alike. Sign up for your free subscription for your home and your classroom here: [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ]. -- Lucas@MDC
As temperatures freeze and thaw in late winter, one of the sweetest harvests awaits in the Missouri woods. This week on Discover Nature, tap a tree, and

Discover Nature: Maple Sugaring

The annual Maple Sugar Festival returns in 2018, but visitors can still discover nature’s sweet secrets this year at a series of smaller-scale programs in February. - Joe@MDC

Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival canceled due to roadwork; MDC offering alternative maple sugaring programs | Missouri Department of Conservation

This event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake. The goal of this event is to introduce interested youth to the outdoors when most are getting a good dose of cabin fever anyway. Learn more below. -- Lucas@MDC

Beat cabin fever at Mark Twain Lake with Sixth Annual Antler Shed Hunt for Youth

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded another Resource Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant to MDC for grazing lands in Southwest Missouri. MDC is one of only a handful of state fish and wildlife agencies to receive the grant in 2016. RCPP offers new opportunities for the NRCS, conservation partners and agricultural producers to work together to harness...
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HICKORY CANYONS NATURAL AREA: 2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Missouri Natural Areas Program. This week we feature Hickory Canyons Natural Area in Ste. Genevieve County. The area features fascinating canyons carved from ancient sandstone and scenic waterfalls. Native shortleaf pine stands and an abundance of ferns can also be found at Hickory Canyons. Missouri’s Natural Areas conserve...
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Thank you to Mark Ramsey for sharing this pic he took this past weekend on a private lake near his house in Brunswick. These two swans were among about 100. Mark saw them swimming toward each other and took the pic as they formed a heart as part of courtship. -- Joe@MDC
Feb. 7 program in Anderson will focus on reducing risks posed by this tree pest. -- Joe@MDC

MDC invites public to attend emerald ash borer program | Missouri Department of Conservation

GLAZED PECANS RECIPE -- Here's a sweet treat that also makes a great gift. This and other recipe details are available online: [ Mdc.mo.gov Link ] -- Kipp@MDC
Wax on, wax off may describe the berry side hop performed by Cedar Waxwings. Learn more about this unique mating ritual in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Waxing Sideways