From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
October 2010 Issue

Back Cover

What Is It?

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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.

Eastern Hellbender

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On the back cover and right is an Eastern hellbender by Noppadol Paothong. This is a large, harmless aquatic salamander. Both the Eastern and Ozark hellbenders are species of conservation concern that are raised in a Department hatchery and at the St. Louis Zoo. Propagation of these species is an integral part of an ongoing species recovery effort. In July the first propagated Eastern hellbenders were released into the Big Piney River. Read more about the Department’s state-of-the-art hatcheries in the November issue.

Also in this issue

Air Gun

Air Gunomics

The powerful air rifle adds a new dimension to deer hunting.

Hen of the Woods

Fall for Wild Mushrooms

Hunt for a tasty reward beyond the spring season.

sedge wren

Grand River Grasslands

This conservation opportunity area is growing the past into the future.

Ron Graef

Calling All Quail

Partners provide funding and expertise for habitat improvements.

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