MDC announces zoo-reared eastern hellbender found with clutch of eggs on Gasconade River

Roughly a year after a zoo-reared Ozark hellbender successfully fathered a clutch of eggs in the wild, an eastern hellbender has followed suit.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently confirmed the first eastern hellbender raised in human care at the St. Louis Zoo has reproduced in the wild on the Gasconade River. The news…

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New chairs help visitors with mobility issues navigate trails, beaches

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks recently received new chairs for visitors with mobility challenges. Using the chairs, visitors can now navigate both land and water. Produced by the Action Trackchair company, track chairs are electric all-terrain wheelchairs that offer guests with mobility challenges the opportunity to partake in outdoor activities. …

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Gardens: Fast food for hungry critters

Cute critters by day, gardeners’ worst enemies by night. Most gardeners know the frustration of having a beautiful garden decimated by wildlife, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “Our four-legged ‘friends’ can be more formidable garden foes than insects, diseases and weeds,” said Trinklein. “Because of their size and our inability to control…

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