Missouri Department of Conservation http://kcur.org en Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road? http://kcur.org/post/why-did-turtle-cross-road <div>It’s that time of year when turtles become easy targets on Missouri and Kansas highways.<br /><br />Turns out that male box turtles don’t know any better. They’re just out looking for mates, and that journey has them crossing busy highways where too often they become road kill.<br /><br />In the final portion of Tuesday's <em>Up to Date</em>, Steve Kraske talks with a biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation about those all too vulnerable turtles.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong><br /> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:53:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 56062 at http://kcur.org Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road? Deer Hunters Asked To Help Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease In Mo. http://kcur.org/post/deer-hunters-asked-help-prevent-spread-chronic-wasting-disease-mo <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conservation officials in Missouri want deer hunters to take precautions this fall in order to prevent the spread of <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/deer-hunting/deer-diseases/chronic-wasting-disease">Chronic Wasting Disease</a>.</span><p>CWD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cases are so far limited to a containment zone in north central Missouri, with the state's first documented case occurring three years ago.&#160; Joe </span>Jerek<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Conservation</a> says hun Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:23:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 45727 at http://kcur.org Deer Hunters Asked To Help Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease In Mo. After Conservation Efforts, Elk Herd Thriving In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/after-conservation-efforts-elk-herd-thriving-missouri <p>Missouri conservation officials say they are pleased with the way a three-year effort to restore elk to the southeastern part of the state is going.</p><p>The last group of elk arrived at the Peck Ranch conservation area this spring, bringing the total to around 100 animals.</p><p>Department of Conservation resource scientist Lonnie Hansen says the state will start controlling the population when it reaches about 400 elk.</p><p>Until then, the focus is on keeping the animals healthy.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:00:52 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 39761 at http://kcur.org After Conservation Efforts, Elk Herd Thriving In Missouri Efforts To Restore Missouri Elk Herd Succeeding http://kcur.org/post/efforts-restore-missouri-elk-herd-succeeding <p>Efforts <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/wildlife-restoration/elk-restoration">to reestablish an elk population</a> in southeastern Missouri are now in their third year, and the Missouri Department of Conservation considers the project a success.</p><p>There are close to 70 elk now living in parts of Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties, with another 50 arriving in May.</p><p>A number of calves have been born at Peck Ranch, including this 2011 newborn.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:09:46 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35868 at http://kcur.org Efforts To Restore Missouri Elk Herd Succeeding Drought Helps Bobwhites And Other Birds http://kcur.org/post/drought-helps-bobwhites-and-other-birds <p>While this summer’s drought and heat wave ravaged crops in Missouri, it actually benefitted some of the bird species within the state, especially bobwhite quail.</p><p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:30:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26702 at http://kcur.org Drought Helps Bobwhites And Other Birds Fall Colors Expected Despite Stress Of Summer http://kcur.org/post/fall-colors-expected-despite-stress-summer <p>Recent rain showers across Missouri may salvage the state’s fall foliage, according to state conservation officials.</p><p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:19:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25262 at http://kcur.org Fall Colors Expected Despite Stress Of Summer A Late Night Frog Gig http://kcur.org/post/late-night-frog-gig <p>In Missouri, the bull and green frog harvest season starts on the night of June 30th and lasts through the end of October. Waiting until complete darkness falls, a spot light is used to scope the edges of water banks to find the frogs by the glare of their eyes. The frogs are blinded by the shining light and freeze in place. This makes it easier to get close enough to use a gig, a fork like hook on a poll, to stab them. Jeremy Soucy of the Missouri Department of Conservation and KCUR’s Suzanne Hogan ended up waist deep in muddy waters in the Amarugia Highlands Conservation Area about an hour south on 71 highway past Harrisonville.</p> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:01:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 23406 at http://kcur.org A Late Night Frog Gig Wind Ahead Of Rain? Fuel For Forest Fires http://kcur.org/post/wind-ahead-rain-fuel-forest-fires <p>You&#39;ll be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn&#39;t welcome a rain shower after weeks of heat and drought in the region. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:17:39 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 21607 at http://kcur.org Wind Ahead Of Rain? Fuel For Forest Fires Endangered Beetles Hit the Dirt http://kcur.org/post/endangered-beetles-hit-dirt <p>For the first time ever, an endangered species has been released back into Missouri prairies. The American Burying Beetle may be back on its way to thriving, though in this beetle&#39;s world, thriving means living underground and feasting on meatballs.&nbsp;<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> </span></p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:26:59 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 20105 at http://kcur.org Endangered Beetles Hit the Dirt Firewood Could Spread Invasive Beetle http://kcur.org/post/firewood-could-spread-invasive-beetle <p>Conservation agents are urging Missourians to not transport firewood.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s part of an effort to control the <a href="http://www.emeraldashborer.info/">emerald ash borer</a> from spreading throughout the state.</p><p> Tue, 29 May 2012 13:07:56 +0000 Jacob McCleland 18435 at http://kcur.org Firewood Could Spread Invasive Beetle