Recently Updated Projects

Clockwise from upper right- indigo bunting, Site 6 sunrise, golden mouse, ground flora quadrat, spotted salamanders, rough green snake


The Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project is a long-term, landscape-scale experiment that measures how the living and non-living parts of a forested ecosystem respond to forest management.

Scientists in boat taking measurements of catfish

Big Rivers Catfish Assessment

Recent studies of flathead catfish and blue catfish in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers were prompted by concerns about overharvest and inadequate harvest regulations.

female black bear with 2 newborn cubs

Missouri Black Bear Project

MDC is conducting research to determine the growth rate and size of the black bear population and to also examine bear habitat use and movement patterns.

Wetland Pool with waterfowl

Evaluation of Neonicotinoid Insecticide Use on MDC Lands

Neonicotinoids are a class of chemical insecticide widely used as pre-planting seed treatments on major agricultural crops such as corn, soybeans, canola, and cereals (e.g., wheat) to control insect agricultural pests.

Projects by Division



Mission: To manage biodiversity and sport fish populations for the benefit of Missouri users and provide excellent public service and quality...



Mission: To ensure healthy and sustainable forests and woodlands for future generations to use and enjoy.

Outreach and Education

Outreach & Education division

Mission: Empower Missouri citizens to become actively engaged in outdoor recreation activities and learn about conservation efforts.

Private Lands

Private lands division

Mission: To help landowners meet their land management objectives in ways that enhance fish, forest, and wildlife conservation.

Resource Science

Radio Telemetry

Mission: To provide the science-based information needed to conserve, appreciate, and effectively manage the living resources of Missouri.



Mission: To actively manage and restore Missouri’s plants, animals, and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations...