From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
February 2010 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 is an opossum by Noppadol Paothong. It is a unique Missouri mammal because it is our only representative of a group of primitive mammals called marsupials, or pouched mammals, that live mostly in Australia. The females of this group typically have a prominent pouch on the belly where the young are carried and nourished for a time after their birth. In Missouri, the breeding season begins about the first of February. To learn more about opossums, visit the link listed below.

Also in this issue

The Missouri Conservation Commission chose Robert L. “Bob” Ziehmer as the eighth

Looking Ahead

The Department’s new director, Robert L. Ziehmer, discusses the future of conservation in Missouri.

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

2010 Regulations Update

Seasons, limits and methods expand for 2010.

As your outdoor mentors age, share with them the gift they shared with you.

Fitting Thanks

As your outdoor mentors age, share with them the gift they shared with you.

Lake #30 at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles was recent

A Perfect Pond

Make old ponds new again for better fishing and family fun.

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