From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
April 1999 Issue

Back Cover

leopard frog

Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens)


Leopard frogs are often called meadow frogs because during early summer they frequent wet, grassy fields, where they search for insects. Missouri is home to three species of leopard frogs; two are common and one, the northern leopard frog, is rare. The northern leopard frog ranges throughout the New England states, most of southern Canada, the Great Lakes states and into mid-elevations of the Rocky Mountains to the west. Missouri is the south-central limit of the northern leopard frog's range. This spotted frog was first identified in Missouri in 1985 and is known to inhabit only two northern counties, where they live in small, equally rare natural marshes. This species can be helped by protecting and re-creating natural marsh habitats.-- Tom R. Johnson, herpetologist

Also in this issue

It's a worm... It's a fly... It's Dynamite!

The woolly worm and its permutations, especially the woolly bugger, look like nothing... and look like everything. In fact, when you read through trout fishing literature, the experts seems a bit nonplused by the woolly worm and its offspring. They don't know what to call it-nymph, attractor, streamer.

Brain Versus Bird

A good turkey hunter has to be creative and thoughtful.

A Clean Shot

Shotgun and shooting fundamentals to help hunters bag a turkey.

A Feast for the Ears

Nature Notes radio program let you tune into nature.

Roaring River

This spring branch has been supporting trout for more than 100 years.

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