From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
January 2005 Issue

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Stark white and skeletal, sycamore trees are strikingly attractive during winter. The ball-like fruits yield seeds for a variety of birds, such as wintering purple finches. Wood ducks often nest in hollow sycamores --Jim Rathert

Also in this issue

Missouri's First Botanists

The President directed Lewis and Clark to record the new land's "growth and vegetable productions."

The Genesis of Conservation in Missouri

In the beginning, there were determined citizen conservationists… There still are today.

Creating a Better Place For Wildlife

It's become one of my heartfelt missions to make my dream property" even better.

Backyard C.S.I.

There are no culprits or criminals--just a healthy mix of rabbits, deer, turkeys and songbirds.

Youth Hunt

When you bring kids and turkeys together, you have a good chance of forging a lifelong love of hunting.

Annual Report Fiscal Year 2003–2004

This summary of the Annual Report highlights the Conservation Department's financial transactions and year-long accomplishments from July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004.

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