Viewing-blind opportunity available March 30-April 23 at Dunn Ranch. -- Joe@MDC

MDC and Nature Conservancy offer prairie chicken viewing | Missouri Department of Conservation
Workshop near Trenton will help land managers use fire to manage vegetation. -- Joe@MDC

MDC offers free prescribed fire workshop on March 9 | Missouri Department of Conservation
Congratulations to Riley Nolan on breaking the state record by gigging a 2-pound, 6-ounce gizzard shad on the Big River. Learn more below. -- Lucas@MDC

Fenton angler gigs state-record gizzard shad | Missouri Department of Conservation
BLUEBIRDS - Designated as the official state bird of Missouri in 1927, bluebirds begin arriving at their breeding locations in March and April. Learn more in this short video. Get additional info from our online Field Guide: [ Link ] -- Kipp@MDC
NATURE’S CLEAN-UP CREW: Learn more about turkey vultures from our online Field Guide at [ Link ]. See them live and up close at our Vulture Venture on Saturday at our Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery near Branson. Get more info at [ Link ] -- Joe@MDC
MDC invites people to learn about these often-misunderstood birds on Feb. 25 at its annual Vulture Venture program. This free event will be from noon to 5 p.m. at MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery, located on the west end of Lake Taneycomo, just below Table Rock Dam near Branson. Learn more about vultures below or more about the program here: [ Link ]. -- Lucas@MDC

Vulture appreciation
SHARE THE HARVEST -- THANK YOU to the 4,280 Missouri deer hunters who donated 198,277 pounds of venison to the state’s Share the Harvest program this past deer season. The donated deer meat will help feed hungry Missourians all around the state. Learn more about STH in this video. -- Joe@MDC
THANK YOU to the 4,280 deer hunters who shared nearly 199,000 pounds of venison to help feed hungry Missourians. -- Joe@MDC

MDC and CFM thank deer hunters for Sharing the Harvest | Missouri Department of Conservation
Check out this week's fishing report below or to learn more about fishing in Missouri visit: [ Link ]. -- Lucas@MDC

Fishing report for Feb. 23
Regulations will effect Typwappity Community, Buford Pond, Giessing, Hager and Thomas lakes.

MDC changes catfish regulations for five Southeast Missouri lakes | Missouri Department of Conservation
DISCOVER NATURE: Wood ducks form pairs in midwinter and usually have two broods a year. They nest high up in tree cavities and in specially made nest boxes. The young are covered with down when they hatch and jump from the nest cavity a day after hatching. Learn more from our online Field Guide at [ Link ]. Want some hands-on learning about wood ducks? Volunteers for our annual Wood...
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VULTURES -- They may get a bad rap, but vultures provide a valuable service to nature. You can get an upclose look at vultures at "Vulture Venture" held February 25 at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery near Branson. -- Kipp@MDC
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Anglers get ready for trout opener
Learn more about and see nature's clean-up crew on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at our annual Vulture Venture event at the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery near Branson. Details are in the post. -- Joe@MDC

Vultures great benefit to people and environment
While a sad discovery, learn from the Springfield News Leader about the amazingly long life of this wild bald eagle. -- Joe@MDC

Bald eagle No. 629-28111, found dead at Truman Lake, tells surprising tale
It’s that time of the year when the countdown for the 2017 catch-and-keep trout season approaches on March 1. Learn more about this long tradition and get opening-day details from the Springfield News Leader. -- Joe@MDC

Trout season opening day favorite time of year for anglers
If you have seen an increase of skunks while you're driving, you're not alone. It's mating season for them right now.

Skunks on the move