From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
January 2000 Issue

Back Cover

Wild Turkey

An adult male wild turkey scratches through the freshly fallen snow in search of food. Powerful legs and large claw like feet enable turkeys to forage even in deep snow. Iced-over snow may make feeding difficult, but turkeys are adaptable and can usually find other sources of food until the weather moderates and their normal feeding patterns can resume.

Also in this issue

The Rainbows of Crane Creek

It's been over 100 years since the first shipment of McCloud River rainbow trout eggs arrived in Missouri from California. One of the places those first fish were released was southwest Missouri's Crane Creek. Largely overlooked as the years passed, descendants of the McCloud rainbows still swim in the chilly waters of the little creek that threads its way through dairy country.

Missouri's First Botanists

Early explorers were the first to collect and catalog our state's unique flora.

Tracking Missouri's Exotics

Introduced species wipe out native wildlife and disrupt natural systems.

The Conservationist's Kids

My father, Warren Wiedemann, conservation agent for Franklin County, recently retired after 31 years with the Conservation Department. During those three decades he and my mother raised five children, along with innumerable squirrels, skunks, rabbits, raccoons, possums, coyotes, foxes and more.

Image of a white sucker

Sucker Showdown at Taneycomo

White suckers are a bonus from this cold water fishery.

Annual Report Fiscal Year 1998–1999

A summary of the Missouri Department of Conservation's Annual Report.

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