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Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015
Protect young wildlife by leaving them alone
Posted Monday, March 2, at 2:46 PM
It happens every year. Well intentioned wildlife viewers are caught off guard by young wildlife they presume to be alone or orphaned. There's often an impulse to "protect" the young critter by finding it a "safer" home. But what is a safe home for wildlife? It's certainly not our homes, which are designed for people, not animals...

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The many sweetness's of maple sugaring
Posted Monday, February 9, at 9:26 AM

Sweet. We think we know what the word means, but Merriam Webster's Dictionary lists more than six meanings for the word sweet. The first meaning is "pleasing to the taste," which is probably what most of us think is the meaning of sweet. It also says sweet means "pleasing to the mind or feelings," "not sour, rancid, decaying or stale" and "having a crush on." It can also mean "very gentle, kind or friendly."...

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Rabbits and Valentine's Day
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 1:19 PM

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting their annual women's rabbit hunting clinic this Valentine's Day. I've often wondered why this clinic is held on a day that many women reserve for certain anticipated social engagements. This timing works well to coordinate with Missouri's rabbit hunting season, but is there more behind the selection of that date?...

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Beat cabin fever at Eagle Days
Posted Monday, January 26, at 11:32 AM

February is near and this is just about the time I tend to become winter-weary. I begin to long for sunshine and warmer weather, or at the very least, an opportunity to be outdoors. It's convenient that Eagle Days is nearing, which provides a dramatic display of our national symbol to draw us outdoors despite the cold. This year's Eagle Days event is coming up soon, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Duck Creek Conservation Area (CA)...

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Turtle power: winter survival skills
Posted Wednesday, January 14, at 8:39 AM

In the cold winter weather, some of our wildlife, like turtles, seem to disappear. According to Bruce Henry, a natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), turtles are still here, they just have ways of hiding away to stay safe from the elements...

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Natural New Year's Resolutions
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 8:07 AM

At the start of every year, millions of Americans make a plan to change, start or end something, in order to improve in the New Year. Skeptics point out the failure rate, which is admittedly high. However, as Pablo Picasso said, "Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success."...

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Christmas trees can be one last gift to nature
Posted Saturday, December 27, at 10:37 AM

Once the presents have been opened and the turkey eaten, there's one last gift you can give this Christmas season -- to your local fish habitat. Christopher Kennedy, a Fisheries Regional Supervisor with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), said this time of year brings an easy opportunity to give fish a place to hide from predators and thrive. Kennedy said the best thing to do with a live Christmas tree is to recycle it, by placing it at the bottom of a pond or lake...

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Father, daughter share love of nature through art
Posted Friday, December 12, at 1:27 PM

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center to reflect on extinct birds of Missouri in a month-long gallery display throughout December featuring drawings by father and daughter artist duo AJ and Cheyenne Hendershott...

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Ring in the holidays with the Cape Nature Center
Posted Monday, November 24, at 1:51 PM

As the holidays approach, the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has incorporated many holiday-themed events into their program schedule. "Many natural items accentuate traditional holiday decorations, such as Christmas trees, wreaths and popular centerpieces," said Sara Turner, manager of the nature center. "We like to take that even further with ornaments, cards and gifts that highlight nature and are eco-friendly."...

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Helping winter Wildlife
Posted Tuesday, November 18, at 2:54 PM

This week's cold weather caught many of us off guard. It takes quite a bit of preparation to really be ready for winter storms. We check our vehicles to make sure they're full of fluids and the tires have tread. We stock warm blankets, extra water, extra food supplies in our homes and our cars just in case we're stuck in one place for a while due to weather. ...

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Anticipating the hunt
Posted Thursday, October 30, at 8:38 AM

"Mom, I just had a flashback!" Over my morning cup of coffee, I squinted and wondered what kind of flashbacks an 11 year old might have. "Of what," I asked, skeptical. "Of when I got my first deer last year," he answered, eyes sparkling with excitement...

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Help the butternut tree: send seeds to state nursery
Posted Friday, October 24, at 9:40 AM

Now is a great time to send butternut tree seeds to the state nursery, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Ed Hovis, a MDC forestry resource technician, said butternut trees are somewhat rare in our area and they desperately need help. This is why he takes time on and off the job to find and collect butternut tree seeds and send them to the George O. White State Nursery...

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Trout season begins Nov. 1
Posted Wednesday, October 22, at 9:00 AM

The annual winter trout fishery at Jackson's Rotary Lake begins Nov. 1, marking the opening of Missouri's winter trout season in lakes around the state. I drove over to Jackson Park on Monday. The trees are showing some nice fall color and people were everywhere, soaking in the gorgeous fall weather. ...

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Don't miss the Fall Festival this Saturday
Posted Thursday, October 16, at 8:44 AM

This Saturday is the Fall Festival at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. MDC Naturalist Jordanya Brostoski said guests can expect live owl presentations, naturalist-led evening hikes, a campfire, fall treats, crafts and games...

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The glade as a Missouri Ozarks treasure
Posted Monday, October 6, at 10:34 AM

Southeast Missouri borders a very special landscape in our state, known as the Missouri Ozarks. The Ozarks are special for many reasons, many of which are tied to the land. Different from the flatlands of the southeast, the Ozarks are rocky and hilly, with native short-leafed pine trees that sway in the wind, steep and beautiful hills and hollows, crystal-clear rivers and abundant wildlife. Many wildlife species benefit from a special type of habitat found in the Ozarks, the glade...

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How to diminish an unlimited resource
Posted Wednesday, September 3, at 1:40 PM

One hundred years ago, what was once thought to be a permanent fixture in American skies faded away forever. Sept. 1 marked the extinction of the Passenger pigeon. The last known Passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden on that day in 1914...

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Show off your harvest at the SEMO District Fair
Posted Monday, August 4, at 4:09 PM

Many of us enjoy the feelings of pride we experience when we get to show off our harvest. Whether it's a basket of morels, a stringer of catfish or venison in the fall, there's a specific sense of accomplishment that comes with harvesting our state's fish, game and wild edibles...

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Fireflies: Enjoy the Show
Posted Thursday, July 3, at 8:57 AM

This is the time of year when little twinkling lights catch our eyes across fields and backyards. Fireflies, or lightening bugs, are always a childhood favorite and are an easy ticket to spending memorable family time outdoors. Grab a bug net and a mason jar and take your children on an adventure to catch fireflies. Along the way, teach them some of these amazing facts about their luminescent catch...

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Favorite SEMO destinations to explore
Posted Friday, June 6, at 8:12 AM

School is out for summer and what I don't like to hear from my son is, "Mom, there's nothing to do!" There is absolutely plenty to do in southeast Missouri in the summer, especially when you consider all of our wonderful conservation areas. We have places to hike, watch birds, fish, collect bugs, leaves and rocks, climb rocks or my favorite -- wade in a creek and look for crawdads...

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Avoid harmful hitchhikers: Ticks
Posted Friday, May 30, at 10:19 AM

As we spend more time outdoors in the summer weather, we must be diligent to avoid six-legged hitchhikers. Ticks, specifically, are a local critter that loves to hitch a ride home with unsuspecting victims. Not only do they tend to over stay their welcome, their effects can linger long after they're gone...

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Candice Davis is the Media Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation's Southeast and Ozark regions. Though raised to appreciate the Missouri outdoors, Candice is discovering nature on a new and exciting level as she gets up close and personal with snakes, insects, and Southeast Missouri's diverse landscape. Her goal is to share her learning experiences and show Southeast Missourians how they're directly connected to their land.
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