From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
January 1998 Issue

Back Cover


An adult, ring-billed gull rests on a snag in the shallow water of Lake Taneycomo. Many ring-bills spend their winters here, fishing in open, ice free water along major rivers and below dams. At least 16 species of gulls either migrate through or winter in Missouri. -- Jim Rathert

Also in this issue

1998 Wildlife Code Changes

Each year, the Conservation Department's Regulations Committee reviews all of the rules in the Wildlife Code of Missouri to determine whether the existing regulation of the state's fish, forest and wildlife resources continues to maintain sustainable populations, with the least amount of user regimentation and inconvenience. When needs are identified, rule changes are recommended to the Conservation Commission for approval.

A Summary of the Missouri Department of Conservation's Annual Report 1996-1997

This summary of the Annual Report is a snapshot of the Conservation Department's financial transactions and year-long accomplishments from July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997.

Flashes of Blue

Darlings of the avian world, bluebirds are thriving in Missouri.

Milling Around

Russ Noah has spent much of his life collecting and restoring antique logging equipment.

The Polite Term is Pellets

Found under roosts, these tightly packed owl pellets provide clues to the habits of these night hunters.

To Set a Trap

"What could be simpler than trapping a few coyotes for a coat?" I wondered.

Communities of Trees

Branch Out Missouri helps keep our cities green.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Assistant Editor - Charlotte Overby
Managing Editor - Jim Auckley
Art Editor - Dickson Stauffer
Designer - Tracy Ritter
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Composition - Libby Bode Block
Circulation - Bertha Bainer