From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
May 2008 Issue

Back Cover

“I am Conservation”

Wanda Byrd is a retired elementary school teacher from West Plains. She has been float fishing on and off for 30 years. “The thing I like most about float fishing is the diversity of the river,” Byrd said. “It’s always different, each time you float. You always see so many different things, from beautiful wildflowers, sunning red-eared sliders, to otters swimming up ahead. I recently saw a baby barred owl that had fallen into the stream and watched as its mother coaxed it back to the bank and up a tree.” When Byrd isn’t fishing, she works part time for the Bryant Watershed Education Project. She also has completed Master Naturalist training with MDC.

—Photo by David Stonner

Also in this issue

Champion Stewards

Teens compete for the future of agriculture and conservation—and national honors.

Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight

Nature's Helicopters

Missouri's smallest bird makes a big impression.

Smallmouth bass in landing net

Fishing the Forks

Tired of fighting the crowds of Missouri’s big-name smallmouth streams? Try a tributary.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair
Art Director - Cliff White
Writer/Editor - Tom Cwynar
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Ruby
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler