From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
June 1999 Issue

Back Cover


Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

Though largely insectivorous, loggerhead shrikes will take prey as large as mice and sparrows. Unlike hawks and owls, which have sharp claws to clutch prey, shrikes impale food on thorns to hold in place while they tear it apart. Occasionally, these songbirds will adorn thorn bushes with several impaled items. Loggerhead shrike numbers are declining continent -wide. Their Missouri breeding population has diminished an average of nearly 7 percent per year for the past 30 years. Changing land use, insecticides and competition with more adaptable species are believed responsible for their decline. -Jim D. Wilson

Also in this issue

The Phantom Cat

A mysterious fish haunts an Ozark river.

Cats on the Prowl

America's most popular pet is chewing into our wild bird population.

Four Miles of Fun

The Conservation Department helps sponsor a float trip for disabled paddlers.

Hooked on Fishing

A Kansas City couple teach inner-city kids the joys of fishing.

The Invisible Forest

Life and death in a microscopic ecological community.

Gifts from Our Forests

Supplement your diet with foods taken from nature.

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