From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
November 2003 Issue

Back Cover

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

image of mockingbirdA northern mockingbird perches on a sumac while guarding a fruit-laden holly tree.Mockingbirds are extremely territorial. During the spring and summer breeding season they defend courtship and nesting areas. In fall and winter they protect areas of abundant food. -- Jim Rathert

Also in this issue

A Mandate to Save the Meramec

We almost lost one of Missouri's greatest treasures-- a free-flowing Meramec River.

Why Food Plots Fail

Wildlife won't visit your food plots unless you maintain good habitat nearby.

Building Natural Wealth

Leo Drey's conservation legacy grows as he tends to his forests.

Sandbar Ducks on the Big Muddy

"For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river." -- Henry Van Dyke

Missouri's Brown Trout Fishery

Little "browns," raised at Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery grow into behemoths in Missouri's cold water streams.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Bryan Hendricks
Art Editor - Ara Clark
Designer - Les Fortenberry
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Circulation - Laura Scheuler