The Missouri Department of Conservation works to sustain healthy forests, fish, and wildlife.The department relies on citizen science, private landowners and community engagement to further these efforts. That’s the idea behind the Missouri Master Naturalist program.The program for adults develops a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide outreach, education and service dedicated … [Read more...] about MDC offering Master Naturalist training
The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages experienced birders to become citizen scientists by helping with the National Audubon Society’s 119th Annual Christmas Bird Count between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 – including about 20 counts in Missouri.The CBC is an annual bird census where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere count birds … [Read more...] about Outdoors: Birders sought for Christmas Bird Count
Story and photos by Kenton LohraffSnake season means it is time for increased snake activity and a higher likelihood people may encounter potentially dangerous species.Reptiles are ectothermic, and they must absorb heat energy directly from the sun or from their environment to maintain optimum body temperatures.Many species will bask in the sun or absorb latent heat through … [Read more...] about FLW outdoor enthusiasts beware: It’s snake season!
The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer an opportunity to float a Missouri stream and learn paddling and fishing techniques July 14 on Missouri’s Big Piney River near Licking.Participants will learn basic kayak paddling instruction, as well as basic fishing training before embarking on a float that will last the majority of the day.“Missouri’s beautiful Ozark streams provide … [Read more...] about MDC offers fishing float trip program July 14
Special to GUIDONYoung anglers will have opportunities to experience the fun of catching fish and learning about the outdoors during Kids’ Free Fishing Day events at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon and Montauk State Park near Licking.Events are scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. at both parks Saturday.At Bennett Spring State Park:Children ages 15 and younger can pick up … [Read more...] about Kids’ Free Fishing Day Saturday at parks near Lebanon, Licking
A trio of young anglers haul in a trout with a net Saturday during the annual Kids Trout Fishing Derby at Stone Mill Spring. Anglers ages 15 and younger, along with their parents, braved chilly temperatures Saturday morning to participate in the free event, which had been rescheduled from Feb. 24 due to inclement weather. The event allowed anglers younger than 15 to fish without permits and gave … [Read more...] about Young anglers brave weather for Trout Derby
It’s turkey-hunting time in the Show-Me State.Missouri’s 2018 youth turkey hunting season takes place Saturday and Sunday, and will be followed by the regular turkey season, which begins April 16 and continues through May 6.Those planning on turkey hunting on Fort Leonard Wood should familiarize themselves with the post’s hunting regulations and check-in procedures, as well as obtain … [Read more...] about Stay safe, know regs when turkey hunting