Missouri State Parks encourages First Day Hikes to celebrate the new year

On Jan. 1, annual First Day Hikes will take place at 31 state parks and historic sites across Missouri. Participants can choose from more than 30 free, guided hikes that range in difficulty from easy to moderate, cover distances up to seven and a half miles and include a variety of trails in every region of the state.

Some wildlife hibernate, while others need a helping hand as they den up for winter

The first official day of winter is Dec. 21 and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says some wildlife may need a little bit of a helping hand as they try to stay warm through the freezing temperatures. Wildlife across Missouri have varying ways of overcoming the challenges winter presents. Kevin Brunke, a MDC natural history biologist, says there are several ways people can help winter wildlife, as not all of them can simply hibernate.

Most of 2019 was spent in the Missouri Ozarks

By Bill Cooper
    Another great year in the outdoors has come and gone. With its passing comes new opportunities in the world of outdoor media.
    One of the grandest things about working in outdoor media is the opportunity to travel to incredible outdoor destinations and meet outstanding outdoor types who are at the top of their game in hunting, fishing, guiding, touring, boating, paddling and a host of other outdoor activities.

MDC encourages birders to help with Audubon Christmas Bird Count

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages experienced birders to become citizen scientists by helping with the National Audubon Society’s 120th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 – including about 20 counts in Missouri.

Those ducks had to come from somewhere else

By Larry Dablemont
    Bolt and I loaded up the boat and headed for Truman Lake the day before Thanksgiving. Bolt is my big brown Labrador, the third or fourth greatest duck dog in the world. I call him that; so, all the other Lab owners who think their dog is the “best one in the world” have no reason to argue with me.