The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to learn about Missouri’s wonderful wetlands during American Wetlands Month in May. Wetlands play a critical role in every ecosystem by improving water quality, providing habitat for plants and animals, and reducing flooding by absorbing excess rain.
The morel hunter stumbles across an aluminum can on a wooded hillside. Anglers see a wad of tangled fishing line on the lake shore. Hikers enjoy sights along a pristine natural path, until, they pass by cellophane snack wrappers lying among the wildflowers. Somebody else’s trash has been left behind, dampening someone’s outdoor experience. Managers for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) public lands find removing litter an ongoing challenge.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has completed its monitoring and testing efforts for the 2019-2020 chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance year. From those efforts, MDC reports it has confirmed 46 new cases of the deadly deer disease.
Out of an abundance of caution and to protect participants amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns, Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation have cancelled the 2020 Katy Trail Ride scheduled to begin Monday, June 22.
By Larry Dablemont
I guess in most ways he was an easy gobbler. I can’t say there haven’t been many, many others that were more of a challenge. From his spurs it was apparent that he was old. But then so am I. On opening day I was too sleepy to get out of bed, so I didn’t hear him gobbling on the roost.