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As the warmth of spring unfurls across the landscape of the Ozarks, the region awakens with a vibrant burst of life, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts to its lush forests, rolling hills, and crystal-clear streams. Hiking season in the Ozarks offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the natural beauty of this vast area, stretching across Missouri and Arkansas. With the promise of adventure in the air, it's essential to embark on your hiking journeys prepared, ensuring a fun and safe experience amidst the breathtaking scenery. more
If your plans for viewing the celestial alignment on April 8 include visiting the Missouri Ozarks, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding you to respect nature’s natural beauty, and to always practice safe habits while traveling. more
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Motorists may see some reptilian friends on the roads this spring season. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urges drivers to be cautious and give turtles a brake! These reptiles are often hit by cars during warmer months but are at special risk this time of year because they are more active. more
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites people to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests during Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care. more
JOPLIN, Mo. – Part of the enjoyment of fishing is being able to provide a meal for the dinner table. more
This spring, the Midwest is set to witness an entomological phenomenon of almost mythic proportions. Billions of cicadas, specifically from Broods XIII and XIX, will emerge simultaneously from their subterranean slumber for the first time since 1803. This rare dual emergence, a marvel of the natural world, presents an opportunity to observe a unique biological event that will not recur for another 221 years. According to University of Missouri Extension specialist and entomologist Tamra Reall, also affectionately known as "Dr. Bug," this spectacle promises to transform the landscape into a buzzing epicenter of cicada activity. more
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Spring is the time when many gardeners are digging in the dirt to prepare their landscapes for the coming growing season. Whether you have a big yard or just a bit of a porch or patio, you can attract butterflies and other good bugs along with birds through naturescaping with native blooms. Planting native plants can help the garden grow by attracting native bees, birds, and butterflies as pollinators. And many fruit and vegetable plants produce better from pollination by some of Missouri’s hundreds of species of native bees and butterflies. more
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the National Deer Association (NDA) invite landowners and others interested in managing deer on their properties to join their free 2024 Missouri Deer Management Webinar Series via Zoom. more
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Spring has sprung, and many Missouri plants and trees have already begun to bloom. Unfortunately, one invasive tree will be prominent along roadways and other open areas: the Callery pear tree. In an effort to eradicate these invasive, nonnative trees from the landscape, the Missouri Department of Conservation is partnering with the Missouri Invasive Plant Council, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, and Forrest Keeling Nursery to host a Callery pear “buyback” program April 23. more
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) thank the thousands of Missouri deer hunters who donated 247,575 pounds of venison to the state’s Share the Harvest program this past deer season, including 5,394 whole deer. more
Free program will discuss techniques for cleaning these popular sportfish. more
Caving, the exploration of natural underground spaces, beckons adventurers and scientists alike into the heart of Earth’s hidden realms. This practice, also known as spelunking in some circles, offers a unique blend of physical challenge, scientific inquiry, and the thrill of discovery. However, it's not without its inherent risks and controversies, including the debate between terms "caving" and "spelunking." This article delves into the motivations behind caving, the risks involved, the rewards that draw individuals into these dark, often claustrophobic environments, the average fatalities associated with the sport, significant discoveries attributed to cavers, and the nuanced distinction between caving and spelunking. more
In the realm of environmental management and conservation, prescribed burns, also known as controlled burns, stand out as a pivotal practice with deep historical roots and a myriad of ecological benefits. This method involves the deliberate ignition of vegetation under carefully controlled conditions to fulfill specific land management objectives. The practice, steeped in indigenous knowledge and widely adopted by modern forestry and wildlife management, plays a crucial role in the stewardship of diverse ecosystems. This article delves into the multifaceted purpose and benefits of prescribed burns, illustrating their significance in maintaining healthy landscapes, supporting biodiversity, and safeguarding human communities. more
JOPLIN, Mo. – Putting fish on the dinner table is a great way to end a fishing trip. However, before any fish fillets are put in a fryer or on a grill, anglers need to know how to properly clean what they’ve caught. more
As February unfolds, gardeners and homeowners alike turn their thoughts towards spring and the promise of lush, green lawns. Preparing your lawn for spring during the final weeks of winter is crucial for achieving a healthy turf in the coming months. This detailed guide outlines the essential steps to take in February to ensure your lawn emerges from its winter dormancy vibrant and full of life. more
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Avian flu and rabies are examples of diseases that frequently make news, yet many people don’t know the specifics about where these diseases are found and how they circulate throughout wildlife populations. more
On April 8, the 2024 solar eclipse’s path of totality will sweep across many states, including a swath of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest within. more
Missouri turkey hunters can apply online during February for 2024 spring turkey managed hunts through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) website at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey/turkey-spring-managed-hunts. more
When lost in the woods during winter, survival becomes a challenging ordeal, compounded by harsh weather conditions, scarce food resources, and the critical need for shelter and warmth. This detailed guide explores the survival strategies one should employ if they find themselves in such a predicament, addressing food gathering, water sourcing, shelter building, and the importance of staying dry. more
Preparing for a winter hike in extremely cold temperatures is an intricate and crucial process, involving careful planning, appropriate gear selection, and understanding the unique challenges posed by the cold and unpredictable winter environment. more
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