Outdoors

Learn about secrets of snakes with MDC Wild Webcast Aug 17

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites you to join its upcoming Wild Webcast, “Secrets of Snakes: Research Revealed about Copperheads,” on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. Register in advance at short.mdc.mo.gov/4Tx and then join the online webcast live on Aug. 17 at noon.

Fly fishing the Dog Star

By Bill Cooper
            Many fly fishermen avoid fishing during the “dog days” of summer. Dog days are the hottest days of the summer season, which fly rod enthusiasts historically have considered to be mid-July through August. However, in recent times, hotter temperatures have arrived in the Midwest a few weeks earlier.

Researchers reveal latest findings in Powder Valley Nature Center Copperhead Study during in-person and virtual presentation Aug. 5

Copperheads conjure up curiosity, mystery, and even fear.  In truth they are one of Missouri’s most intriguing and often least understood venomous snakes.  Researchers have been conducting a study of copperheads at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center for the past several years.  They’ve been probing the mysteries of copperheads and uncovering some interesting facts.

Discover nature with MDC at Missouri State Fair August 11-21

Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 11-21. Visit MDC’s Conservation building from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and the kid’s Xplor Zone from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. to see MDC’s mobile snake exhibit, a new macroinvertebrate exhibit, and more. Ask MDC staff conservation-related questions, get educational materials, and have fun!

Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough to keep us from visiting Missouri state parks

While you may not be able to enjoy the Rocky Mountains and the Niagara Falls in the same day, you could experience both mountains and waterfalls at one of Missouri’s state parks.