Saturday, September 20, 2014

Visions of the Upper Current River

MDC congratulates Strafford man on new record quillback

For more on state-record fish, visit mdc.mo.gov/fishing/state-record-fish.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates
David Weaver of Strafford on his new state-record quillback caught from Lake Taneycomo by bowfishing on Aug. 23. The 7-pound-10-ounce fish qualifies for a state record in the alternative method category.
The previous record of 6 pounds, 10 ounces was set this spring at Bull Shoals. The new state record is larger than the current world record by more than a pound, but does not qualify because world records only recognize fish taken by pole and line.
For more info on the quillback, visit nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=342.
For more on state-record fish, visit the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/fishing/state-record-fish.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with MDC

Reed Memorial Wildlife Area hosts Family Outdoors Day

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27
(DU) will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by hosting a Family Outdoors Day
, at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit.

   Family Outdoors Day welcomes those experienced with rod or gun and those who would like to learn about angling and shooting sports. All activities are free. Exhibits and teaching stations will be set up throughout the area at 12405 S.E. Ranson Road.
   DU will offer free Greenwing Memberships to youngsters and teach them how to use a duck call. Visitors can explore the duck wing maze and learn about how wetlands and uplands benefit waterfowl and people.
   Visitors can shoot trap with shotguns, target shoot with air rifles or practice archery. Each shooting site will have MDC staff and volunteers to give instructions on safety and proper shooting techniques. All equipment, firearms and ammunition will be provided.
   MDC fisheries staff will give lessons on how to fish at a Reed Area lake. Staffers can also answer questions about fish populations and trends in the region’s lakes and streams.
   All ages will find activities to enjoy. Visitors can touch real animal furs and test their skills at wildlife identification.
   National Hunting and Fishing Day began in 1972. The event is dedicated to promoting conservation and the outdoor sports. MDC’s Family Outdoors Day at the Reed Area also includes sponsorship by the J.E. Fehsenfeld Family Foundation in memory of Jan M. Dillow.
   For more information call 816-622-0900. To learn about Missouri’s great fishing and hunting opportunities statewide go to http://www.mdc.mo.gov.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MDC offers quail habitat field day in Livingston County

Chillicothe, Mo. – Bobwhite quail thrive when management practices provide sheltering
vegetation and food. Often those practices dovetail nicely with production agriculture. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Quail Forever will offer a field day 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, on private lands in the Poosey Quail Focus Area. The field day is free. Lunch and resource materials will be provided.
   Land owners and property managers are invited to learn about habitat management that boost quail populations. Topics will include practices that provide good nesting and brood rearing cover, quail biology, cost share programs for habitat improvements and how to form landowner cooperatives to raise quail numbers within rural neighborhoods. Good quail habitat can also benefit other ground-nesting birds, too. Participants will tour private properties with habitat improvements.
   The field day will begin 10.5 miles west of Chillicothe off Missouri 190 highway. Watch for tour signs.
   Interested land managers are asked to make reservations by Sept. 19. Contact Scott Roy, MDC private lands conservationist, 660-359-5685 ext. 114james.roy@mdc.mo.gov; or contact Andrew White, Quail Forever biologist, 660-646-6220 ext. 116awhite@quailforever.org.
   Missouri is a great place to enjoy wildlife and hunt game birds. MDC helps people participate in healthy conservation practices. For information on all programs, http://www.mdc.mo.gov.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Youth waterfowl hunting clinic offered Oct. 11 and 25

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The two-part workshop Oct. 11 and 25 is open to participants age 9 through 15. First-time participants will spend the first Saturday of the event learning about waterfowl hunting rules, safety and calling, duck identification and retrieving-dog training. They will also practice wing shooting and learn how to choose the right combination of shotgun and ammunition for ethical, effective hunting. The program will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The second Saturday will be devoted to a guided waterfowl hunt. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days, and all activities are free of charge, courtesy of Everhart’s Wilderness Lodge, members of the former West Side Missouri Waterfowl Association, Missouri Department of Conservation, Truman Lake National Wild Turkey Federation, Everhart’s Outdoor Store, Clinton Wal-Mart, and the Kansas City Chapter Safari Club International. This portion of the event will run from 6 a.m. until noon. Everhart’s Wilderness Lodge is at 651 NW Highway O, 6 miles northwest of Clinton. To reserve a place, contact Johnny or Linda Everhart at 660-885-5049.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MDC Cape Nature Center hosts Missouri author-artist duo

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – The Missouri Department of Conservation Cape Girardeau Oct. 24 and Oct. 25. Glines will present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday evening and O’Donnell will bring a group of artists to paint on the grounds of the Cape Nature Center Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. 
Conservation Nature Center will host author Karen Glines and artist Billyo O’Donnell for a presentation and art demonstration 
Glines and O’Donnell collaborated to create the book, “Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air,” which combines essays and paintings that display unique features of each county in Missouri.
“Their book weaves the natural story of the Missouri landscape throughout the histories and cultures of each county of our state,” said Sara Turner, manager of the Cape Nature Center. “This is representative of how conservation and nature are not only essential to each community, but often set the tone for the formation of a community through rich natural scenery and abundant wildlife.”
Glines said before she and O’Donnell worked on this book, the two worked together on “Artists Along the Katy Trail” where hundreds of artists from across the state painted outdoors with O’Donnell in 2000 and 2001.
“During that time, we realized how our similar interests coincided with the beauty within our state could be part of a book,” Glines said. “With his expertise in art and mine in writing, the end result was “Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air.”
Glines said she has very specific goals for her Friday evening presentation at the Cape Nature Center.
“I hope to convey an appreciation for the diversity within our state regarding land, people, culture, and history,” she said. “While researching for seven years, I came to look upon Missouri almost as a small continent with its separate borders and regions, and immersed myself in learning about the distinctive differences.”
Turner said this perspective of Missouri is not surprising due to the ecological diversity throughout the state.
“From the plains in the north, down through the hills of the Ozarks and then the flat wetlands of the southeast, Missouri’s diversity in landscape, habitats and wildlife species is impressive,” she said.
It’s that diversity that inspired Glines’ writing throughout the project and that she hopes to convey through her presentation.
“The wildflowers, varieties of trees, and abundant waterways create a harmony that is difficult to duplicate,” Glines said. “The audience will go away with a sense of that diversity within our state along with knowing what an important part the people play in making this such a remarkable place to live. Stories upon stories helped compose the tone of the essays and also inspired the artist to choose the subjects chosen by O’Donnell.”  
Glines’ and O’Donnell’s book received the 2009 Governor’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award by the Missouri Humanities Council.
Glines is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who lives in Des Peres, Mo. She has taught communication classes at the university level, served as a mentor to journalism students, and served as president of both the Missouri Professional Communicators and the St. Louis Artists' Guild. Her published works have appeared locally, nationally, and internationally.
O'Donnell, lives in Eureka, Mo., and is founder of the Artists along the Katy Trail program, the precursor of Plein Air organized events across Missouri -. He is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America and was selected as one of America's Fifty Exceptional Plein Air Painters by the Haggin Museum in Stockton, Calif. His works are included in prestigious collections in the United States, Japan, and Europe.
The public is invited to view Glines’ presentation Friday evening and then return to the Cape Nature Center Saturday for an opportunity to watch O’Donnell and his students in action as they paint natural scenes surrounding the nature center. No registration is required. Saturday’s event is an unstructured event, where guests may view the artists’ work throughout the nature center grounds.
More information about Glines’ and O’Donnell’s work may be found online at PaintingMissouri.com. More information on this and other programs at the Cape Nature Center may be found atmdc.mo.gov/events.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Go mobile with free MDC hunting, fishing, and fall color apps

Discover nature through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s free mobile apps for Learn more and download the apps at mdc.mo.gov/mobile/mobile-apps.
hunting, fishing, and fall color. Our MO Hunting, Find MO Fish, and MO Fall Colors FREE apps are availablefor both Android and Apple mobile devices through Google Play and iTunes stores.
MO Hunting lets you purchase and view hunting and fishing permits directly from a mobile device, and also view previously purchased permits. The app also lets deer and turkey hunters telecheck current harvests and review previous telecheck harvest information.
Find MO Fish shows public boat ramps and underwater fish structures in Missouri's major lakes, rivers, and streams, along with regulations for specific species and specific areas. The app also provides a handy Fish ID Guide along with annual fishing prospects and weekly fishing reports.
MO Fall Colors shows current fall-color scenes around the state and how to get there, along with weekly fall color forecasts for areas of the state from Mid-September through October. You can even add your fall-color finds and share them.