Outdoors

MDC encourages public to Be Bear Aware this spring

An estimated 350 black bears call southern Missouri home, and as the spring season gets underway, these magnificent mammals leave their winter dens in search of food. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding Missourians to be proactive and “Be Bear Aware.”

Photography tours of Onondaga and Cathedral caves offered at Onondaga Cave State Park April 28

Are you an avid and artistic photographer looking for a new and unique canvas? Then look no further than Onondaga Cave State Park. Join a member of the Onondaga Friends Association with a passion for photography as she leads tours through two great caves for hours of photographic possibilities Sunday, April 28.

Late Night Cathedral Cave tours offered at Onondaga Cave State Park April 27

Join representatives from the Onondaga Friends Association for a unique, guided, late night Cathedral Cave Tour from 9:30 p.m. to approximately midnight April 27.

We’ve seen high water and some big smallmouth

    Recent rains have swelled area streams, but that hasn’t deterred dedicated smallmouth fishermen from hitting the rivers and streams when water levels subside to safe levels. Facebook followers have enjoyed the products of area fishermen who chase smallmouth bass on a regular basis. They have caught some big fish in the last few weeks.

Wildflower hike at Onondaga Cave State Park set for April 20

    Are you thinking about creating your own native wildflower garden but not sure how or what flowers to incorporate? Join an experienced wildflower gardener, Master Naturalist and Onondaga Friends Association member for a guided wildflower hike on one of Onondaga Cave State Park’s beautiful trails at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 20.