From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
December 2013 Issue

Kids in Nature

7 Simple Ideas for Family Fun

  1. Count the number of shooting stars you find during the peak of the Geminid meteor shower the night of Dec. 14.
  2. Look for bald eagles arriving in Missouri this month.
  3. Listen for a courting barred owl calling “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” Or courting great horned owls calling “Hoo, hoo-oo, hoo-oo.”
  4. Make note of how many hours of daylight there are Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year.
  5. Try to spot an evergreen Christmas fern.
  6. Scan for red-tailed hawks perched along highways. See how many you can spot in one drive.
  7. Take a walk in the woods and list all the products that are made from trees.

Also in this issue

Quail Hunting

Quail Hunting: Getting Started

You’ll need to invest some thought, effort, and expense — but the results are worth it.


Turtle Roundup at Eagle Bluffs

Scientists and volunteers brave wet and muck for better all-species management.

Discover Nature

Discover Nature

The Conservation Department wants to help you connect with the people, places, and activities you love.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler