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Photo of a male greater prairie-chicken in courtship display

Greater Prairie-Chicken (Displaying Male)

Now endangered in Missouri, prairie-chickens breed from March through May. Cocks visit booming grounds (leks), where they dance, call, and fight among themselves. Hens visit the lek and select the most fit mate; mating occurs on the lek during April.

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Prairie Chicken Western

Like a scene from an old western movie, male Greater Prairie Chickens duel to defend their territory and attract a mate.  Each male stakes out their territory known as a lek and puts on a display to attract a hen.  Successful males will father the next generation of prairie chickens. They display in March and by Father's Day the hens are incubating the eggs and avoiding notice by predators.   The Missouri Department of Conservation works to restore these birds on Missouri prairies. You can discover more nature at mdc.mo.gov#MDCdiscovernature

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photo of river otter

River Otter

Photo of river otter.

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Four Conservation Department employees subdue a mature whitetail buck.

... In all the wrong places

One deer's search for love led him to the Conservation's central office.

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MoNASP State Tournament

1,400 Missouri students to compete in MoNASP state archery tournament

Public invited to March 27 and 28 event at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.

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A 10-point white-tailed deer buck stands in a field.

10-Point Buck

The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease in 24 Missouri free-ranging deer with 4 in Adair County, 19 in Macon County, and 1 in Cole County. CWD has also been confirmed in 11 captive deer in Macon and Linn counties. 

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