From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
April 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 spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) by Noppadol Paothong. It blooms from April through July. It grows statewide except in extreme northwestern and southeastern sections. It can be found in a variety of habitats from prairies to old fields and woodland edges. To learn more about native plants in Missouri, visit Grow Native. The Grow Native program helps protect and restore our state’s biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use.

Spiderwort blossom

Also in this issue

MDC to Test Quick Draw System

Missouri hunters will take part in a pilot program this fall to make waterfowl hunting at three state-owned wetland areas less of a gamble.

50 Years of Missouri Turkey

Happy 50th anniversary Missouri turkey hunters! Last spring’s hunting season marked 50 years of the annual rite that Missourians enjoy so much. Missouri’s modern spring hunting began in 1960 with a three-day season in 14 counties. Six hundred ninety-eight hunters harvested 94 turkeys.

Image of a white crappie

Crappie by the Numbers

Fishing skill + technical savvy = fishing and eating enjoyment.

This Issue's Staff:

Conservationist 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 Scheule