Feral hogs in Missouri have become a divisive species

    A battle is raging in Missouri over how best to eradicate wild hogs from Missouri’s landscape. Most recognize that wild hogs are extremely destructive to the environment and need to be eliminated. The rift comes from ideas about what techniques are most effective in dealing with the destructive animals.

Crawdads make for good bait…and breakfast

    The crawdad is an unusual creature, always looking back where he has been, and going where his isn’t looking. Quite often where he has been appears quite safe and there looms a bass or walleye or catfish where he is going, and he winds up not going as far as he thought he would.

Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes Jennifer Pharr Davis, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, August 9

KIRKWOOD, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center will host a special program, “An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis,” Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. It will feature the noted long-distance hiking athlete, author and speaker as she offers insights and inspiration acquired during her outdoor journeys. The program is free and open to the public.

MDC Creature Feature: Possum on a Half Shell

What do possum on a half-shell, Texas speedbump, and pocket dinosaur all have in common? They’re all the same animal – the nine-banded armadillo. These mammals, known for being common roadkill and a property pest, are one of the oddest-looking species in Missouri with some of the oddest behaviors.