From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
September 2010 Issue

Back Cover

What Is It

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 on the inside of this back cover.

Monarch butterfly

On the back cover and right is a monarch butterfly by Noppadol Paothong. Monarchs are found in a variety of habitats: fields and grasslands, roadsides and urban and suburban plantings. They are famous for their annual migration to overwinter in Mexico. Missourians are encouraged to plant milkweeds. Monarchs lay their eggs on the underside of the milkweed leaves. The caterpillars eat the plant and the adults eat the nectar from flowers. Track the monarchs’ migration at

Also in this issue

Elk History and Restoration

The plan to reestablish elk in a defined area will be proposed to the Conservation Commission in October 2010.

our precious forests

Our Precious Forests

Missouri’s forests make possible, or at least provide a backdrop for, almost all outdoor experiences.

ariel view of houses

Forces of Change

Altered fire patterns, pests, poor harvesting practices and demographic shifts all challenge the sustainability of Missouri's forests.

walking on a trail

Get Into the Forest

Even if you don't own woodlands, you can help Missouri's forest resources.

A Natural Treasure

A Natural Treasure

Missouri's forests keep us healthy and happy.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
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