Outdoors

Opening day brings anglers to Maramec Spring Park - PHOTO GALLERY

    Sunny, cool weather provided a great day to kick off catch-and-keep trout season at Maramec Spring Park on Monday, March 1. More than 1,000 anglers visited the park to enjoy the new season.

MDC offers free virtual program on peregrine falcon recovery March 16

Peregrine falcons have returned to Missouri skies thanks to a recovery program based in cities and at power plants. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free virtual program on falcons and their recovery from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16.

MDC reminds snaggers that paddlefish season begins March 15

Imagine catching a giant, prehistoric fish whose ancestors swam during the time of dinosaurs. That is a reality for thousands of paddlefish snaggers during Missouri’s annual spring paddlefish snagging season. Paddlefish -- named for their large, paddle-shaped snouts -- are an ancient species that can grow to seven feet and weight more than 100 pounds.  

MDC explores expanding proposed regulation to allow bicycles on conservation-area service roads

The Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at its Jan. 22 open meeting on a proposed change to the Wildlife Code of Missouri regulations that would allow expanded use of bicycles on many department-area service roads.

MDC invites public to March 11 virtual tree-planting workshop

Trees are planted for many reasons, including aesthetics, wildlife habitat, shade, energy conservation, erosion reduction, and in remembrance of an event or person. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds landowners that when adding trees to your property, planning should come before planting.