From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
June 2009 Issue

Conservation Education

Nature Activity

Father/Daughter Free Fishing Days

  • Where: The Northeast Regional Office pond in Kirksville
  • When: June 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Who should come: Girls accompanied by their dads or an adult
  • To Register: Call (660) 785-2420.

Remember when you were a kid, how the outdoors seemed mysterious, even a little scary? Maybe your dad or another special adult helped you explore nature, bait a hook and land your first fish. Our Father/Daughter Free Fishing Day at the Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville gives parents — and especially dads — a chance to introduce their daughters to the lifelong joy of fishing. As a Discover Nature — Families program, our Father/Daughter Free Fishing Day will help girls and their dads explore nature and master outdoor skills together. In addition to fishing skills, activities will include knot tying, a casting contest, a fish-themed craft and games. Fishing poles and worms will be available for use free of charge. For more details, contact the Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville at (660) 785-2420.

New at the Nature Shop

Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri Field Guide

Start identifying the native shrubs and vines in your yard or out in the wild. Don Kurz’s Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri Field Guide will show you how. Based on Don’s original Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri, this concise, easy-to-carry field guide features 181 species. Included are 125 native shrubs, 32 native woody vines, 18 exotic shrubs and six exotic woody vines. Organized visually by leaf arrangement and shape, each species entry includes easy-to-understand descriptions and range maps. Colorized illustrations by Paul Nelson add to the book’s appeal. Pick up the Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri Field Guide at your local conservation nature center. You can also order by phone (toll free) at (877) 521-8632, or online. The price is $7.50 plus shipping and handling and sales tax (where applicable).

Free Summer Fun

Explore your region’s nature and interpretive centers.

If the sinking economy has sunk your summer travel plans, don’t forget your local conservation nature and interpretive centers. There your family can enjoy naturalist programs, view exhibits, hike trails and borrow tools to help you explore nature together. Some centers lend daypacks filled with gear. For example, the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center offers six different Discover Nature daypacks: birds, insects, trees, aquatic life, art and naturalist skills. Cape also lends fishing poles and bait for use in the Kids Only fishing pond. There’s an exciting conservation nature or interpretive center near you. Find it among the links listed below.

Also in this issue

Image of a Cecropia moth.

Flutterly Fascinating

Moths are not all brown, and they're not at all boring.

David Warren holds his Missouri state-record bowfin.

Angling for Oddball Fish

These fish are fun to fight on the water and tasty to eat for dinner.

Dutch Oven Cooking 101

The tips, tools and recipes you'll need for culinary success on your next campout.

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 Thurber
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler