From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
February 2001 Issue

Back Cover

Harbinger of Spring Erigenia bulbosa

So tiny that you can scarcely see it poking up from the forest floor, the harbinger of spring begins the wildflower season as early as late January. The plant has tiny, white florets with a sprinkling of red-brown anthers. The combination gives rise to its other common name, "pepper and salt." Look for it in rich, ungrazed forests near streams.

Also in this issue

A Strategy for Conservation Success

A new plan carries the Conservation Department into the future.

2001 Wildlife Code Changes

Each year, the Regulations Committee for the Missouri Department of Conservation reviews all the rules in the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

TNC + MDC = Conservation Success

A common vision unites the Conservation Department and The Nature Conservancy.

Image of woodchuck (groundhog) standing upright

Shadow of Itself

The "under" groundhog shies from publicity until its February forecast.

Marsh Birds

Bitterns, rails, moorhens and other unique species survive in Missouri's diminishing marshes.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Bryan Hendricks
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