From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
October 1998 Issue

Back Cover

Maple Woods Natural Area

Sunlight filters through the forest canopy at Maple Woods Natural Area in Clay County. Warm sunny days followed by cool nights lead to the formation of rich red and orange pigments in the leaves of sugar maple, sweetgum and oaks. Yellow pigment, present throughout the growing season, becomes visible when the green chlorophyll in leaves breaks down. - Jim Rathert

Also in this issue

Royalty and Tobacco Spitters

Once a kingly pursuit, quail shooting now appeals to the masses.

Looking at Lichens

Part algae, part fungi, these organisms merit more than a casual glance.

It's Called a Pit for a Reason

A pair of novice goose hunters register at the pit of despair.

Walk-em-up Turkeys

The fall season is search-and-scatter and walk, walk, walk.

Enjoying the Harvest

Don't let a wild game meal leave you chewing the fat.

Up, Up and Away

Spiders soar with the wind to spread their range.

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