From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
June 2005 Issue

Back Cover

Missouri's summer duck

Wood ducks seem to like their woods near water. They frequent wetland forests and the margins of streams and ponds, where you can often spot them searching for aquatic insects. Wood ducks have been reported in every county in Missouri. Wood duck males are gorgeously colored in spring and early summer but molt into a somewhat less gaudy “eclipse” plumage in June or July. — Jim Rathert

Also in this issue

All About Albinism

Albino animals lack the genes for normal coloration.

Aerial Assault

In summer, the bug battle begins in earnest.

Keeping the Connection

Streams need their floodplains—and so do we!

According to new regulations, trappers will be able to take more otters in many

Otter Appetites

Shaking off misconceptions about the kinds of foods Missouri's otters eat.

The Waiting Game

A green heron's feeding strategy is to wait and eat.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - TomCwynar
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair
Art Editor - 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