From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
October 2004 Issue

Back Cover

Lingering Cuckoo

image of yellow-billed cuckooA yellow-billed cuckoo perches in a dense thicket of black willow on a dreary day in mid October. Soon the bird will migrate to South America. Cuckoos are secretive and rarely seen but their distinctive tropical sounding song can be heard during the breeding season. Early settlers called these birds "fish crows." --Jim Rathert

Also in this issue

In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark

Conservation areas preserve the natural wonders marveled at by the Corps of Discovery.

If These Leaves Could Talk

"Some floated gently down in pairs, as if they were old friends traveling together."

Where the Buffalo Roam

Beat the winter doldrums with a nighttime gigging trip.

Deer Management for the Future

Hunters and landowners help develop new deer regulations.


A mysterious Helenium has its day in the sun.

This Issue's Staff:

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