Outdoors

An end and a beginning

By Larry Dablemont
    It is hard to describe the feelings and emotions you have watching an old companion you have raised from a puppy make his last retrieve. Unable to see now, Bolt, my 12-year-old chocolate Labrador, had put his nose into the wind and found the mallard drake that had flown out into a nearby field and dropped stone dead. It was under knee high grass where I could never have found him, but Bolt did, scenting the duck from 30 yards away.

MDC naturalist explains how wildlife survive winter on their own

    Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Naturalist Alex Homes said though the motivation may be sincere, “there’s no need to rescue wildlife during wintertime,” as each species knows how to endure Mother Nature.

Go on a mission to find bald eagles with MDC and Agents of Discovery

Bald eagles are flocking to the St. Louis region right now in the greatest numbers of the year.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is inviting outdoor adventurers everywhere to explore the explosion of eagles for themselves this winter.  And they can do it using their mobile devices combined with real world investigations.

MDC offers free virtual program on Midwestern birds Feb. 1

Birds are numerous, as flocks in flight or as bunches gathered by a backyard feeder. But take a closer look and they’re also impressive in variety. Learn about the many Midwestern avian species and their varied adaptations during a free virtual program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).