From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
October 2009 Issue

Back Cover

What is it?

Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder. The answer is revealed below.


On the back cover and right are pillbugs by Noppadol Paothong. They are also known as sow bugs, isopodes or roly-polies due to the way they roll into a defensive ball. Pillbugs breathe with gills, so they live in moist areas such as under rocks or logs or in leaf litter. They mostly feed on decaying plants and animals. To learn more about bugs in Missouri, purchase Show-Me Bugs for $7.95 plus shipping and handling, and sales tax (where applicable). To order, call toll free (877) 521-8632 or visit the link listed below.


Also in this issue

Haunted Habitats

These nature-based events aren’t scary, but they are a frightfully good time!


Pucker Up

Persimmon trees provide a sweet summer finale in their fall-ripening fruits.

Trophy Deer Care

Proper care from field to freezer results in better mounts and meat.

Logger of the Year (2009)

Clients and professional foresters say Jim Zwyers does his best for customers and forests.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
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