From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
February 2000 Issue

Back Cover


A female cardinal fluffs its feathers to help ward off frigid winds and subzero temperatures. Though not as vivid as males, the hues of female cardinals are subtly attractive. Northern cardinals rely heavily on agricultural waste grains and bird feeding stations to get them through the winter.

Also in this issue

When Missourians Speak

Surveys tell the Conservation Department how to manage your outdoor resources.

Wildlife Code Changes 2000

Each year the Conservation Department's Regulations Committee reviews all of the rules in the Wildlife Code of Missouri to determine whether the existing regulations continue to sustain the state's fish, forest and wildlife resources with the least amount of regimentation and inconvenience to the public. When needs are identified, rule changes are recommended to the Conservation Commission for approval.

Fishing with Matthew

One of the highlights of my life is taking my grandson, Matthew, fishing. I am delighted when his mother gives permission for him to go. Of course, I must come back to earth and make preparations.

An Affair of the Heart

Few anglers write poems about their true love, because there just aren't enough words that rhyme with walleye.


The Tree with Red Mittens

Skip the tea. Sassafras refreshes us with its beauty.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
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