From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
April 2011 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.

Zebra swallowtail

On the back cover and right is a zebra swallowtail by Noppadol Paothong. It is a woodland species. It is attracted to many flowers and sometimes gathers in groups at mud puddles and in creek beds. There are several broods in a year; spring specimens are smaller, with shorter tails, than those emerging later. The flight period extends from late March to October. Swallowtails seek out pawpaw trees to lay their eggs, and then the caterpillars feed on the pawpaw’s leaves.

Also in this issue

Lake Sturgeon

Tag! You're It!

Angler reports improve fishing and support conservation research.

Turkey

Hunting Hush-Mouthed Gobblers

These strategies will help you tag a tom on days they don't gobble.

Prairie star partners

Prairie Star Partners

Promoting conservation using nontraditional methods.

Missouri Orchid

Orchids: A View of Our Tropical Missouri

Areas of rugged terrain, calcareous soils and secret fens provide habitat for rare species.

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 - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler