From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
October 1999 Issue

Back Cover

Endangered Species

Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) Pallid sturgeon live in the Missouri, Mississippi and Lower Yellowstone rivers. Sturgeons evolved during the Paleozoic Era and are well adapted to fast flowing, muddy water. Their atennae-like barbels contain many nerve endings that help them locate aquatic insects and small fishes, their preferred foods. Pallid sturgeon can grow up to 6 feet long, weigh as much as 85 pounds and live as long as 50 years. Overfishing and habitat changes caused by dam construction, dredging and straightening of the big rivers caused pallid sturgeon to be place on the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 1990.--Amy Salveter

Also in this issue

Where the River Bends

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area conserves the largest remaining green space in St. Louis County.

How to Hunt Quail

Hunting is still good, if you can find prime quail habitat.

Shaped in Stone

Arrowheads and other artifacts connect us to Missouri's earliest inhabitants.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

An intensive--but fun--educational program turns women into hunters, anglers and naturalists.

The Fishin' Magicians

Delighting young and old anglers is no trick for this show biz couple.

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