Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2007

A Fun Day with Foresters

Oct 29, 2007

Josh Stevens is the Missouri Conservation forester where I live.

25 Years Connecting People and Nature

Oct 26, 2007

I went to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center on October 20th to celebrate their 25th anniversary and was reminded of what makes these places so valuable.

Deer Hunters Feed the Hungry

Oct 24, 2007

Let’s see. Deer hunters get to enjoy hunting, hungry families get tasty low-fat protein and deer numbers are kept in a healthy balance.

Geese Call Autumn in Formation

Oct 22, 2007

Yesterday I sat outside enjoying what may be the last most blissful day of warm weather.

Good Time to Count Quail

Oct 19, 2007

There’s something downright appealing about quail.

Asters Make Easy Fall Color

Oct 17, 2007

As I was heading into our director’s meeting with staff in St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, the blooms of aromatic aster greeted us along the way.

What Will Global Warming Mean to Missouri?

Oct 15, 2007

I overhead someone recently saying that they’re tired of hearing about climate change—they don’t know who to trust on the subject and wish they could just know the facts.

Changing Leadership at Missouri Conservation

Oct 12, 2007

In director's meetings with Missouri Conservation employees around the state, changing leadership is a key topic.

Catch Missouri’s Youth Fall Hunting Seasons

Oct 09, 2007

Giving more young Missourians a chance to enjoy the hunting experience is a key goal of the youth hunting seasons that occur later this month.

Keeping Missouri Clean: No MOre Trash

Sep 26, 2007

I’m disgusted. Someone dumped their trash along my road.

Keeping Wildlife Outside Your House

Sep 24, 2007

It’s that time of year when the nights cool down and the mice, skunks, and squirrels are looking for a cozy winter home.

Help Toddlers Discover Nature

Sep 19, 2007

Anyone who wants to have an impact on keeping a healthy natural world can begin at home by introducing young children or grandchildren to the outdoors.

Drought and Deer Disease

Sep 17, 2007

The coincidence of this blog and what I found on a walk along a creek where we live is quite bizarre.

Champion Trees in Missouri

Sep 13, 2007

I think it’s hard not to feel both humbled and uplifted when you’re standing near a very big, very old tree.

New Missouri Natural Events Calendar

Sep 12, 2007

Knowing what’s happening in the real world beyond our walls is a an increasingly rare and wonderful thing.

Get Help Before the Bear Gets Your Honey

Sep 11, 2007

Dave Hamilton, our furbearer biologist, was working last week to help spread the word on what we can do to live with black bears.

New Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center in Joplin

Sep 10, 2007

I attended the opening festivities of the new Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center in Joplin on Saturday.

See Missouri Outdoors TV on Web

Sep 07, 2007

When I started working with the Missouri Department of Conservation 23 years ago, I was lugging around heavy Nagra reel-to-reel sound recorders and 16mm Arriflex cameras to make mobile movies.

Southeast MO Youth Conservation Corps

Aug 28, 2007

I asked Phil Helfrich, community outreach specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, what’s happening with the Youth Conservation Corps that he’s been working on with such dedication for the past few years with Fisheries Biologist Chris Kennedy in Southeast Missouri.

Millions of Ducks This Year

Aug 27, 2007

Whether you’re a duck hunter or a wildlife watcher, there’s great news this year about the ducks you’re likely to see.