Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2008

When Beavers Take Your Trees

Dec 29, 2008

The note on the Natural Events Calendar for Dec. 23 was “beavers feed on sapling reserves.”

Birds Beat Cold the Same Old Way

Dec 23, 2008

As I sat in front of the fireplace last weekend and listened to winds gusting in a 2-degree day, I tried to imagine what it was like to live in Missouri 4,000 years ago.

Christmas Tree - When the Weather is Frightful

Dec 11, 2008

It’s time to get out and find just the right tree for the holidays.

Award for Recycling at Conservation Center

Dec 03, 2008

I don’t know many people whose skills extend from car mechanic to science teacher, hunter education instructor, manager of a conservation education center and now recycler extraordinaire.

New Videos Help Fight Invasive Species

Nov 26, 2008

I just received a notice of a new video, available online, that’s aimed at helping outdoors people identify and fight invasive species.

Widget Your Way to Deer, Turkey, Waterfowl Maps

Nov 21, 2008

Last year I noted the handy new map on our website that showed deer harvest totals by county.

Toy Award: Sticks to You!

Nov 20, 2008

Creative play for children doesn’t require expensive toys. In fact, the Toy Hall of Fame recently announced one of the new winners…the stick.

Keeping Safe Hunting in Treestands

Nov 13, 2008

Just a reminder as people head out to the fields and forests this year for deer season—one careless moment can be devastating.

Woolly Worms, Winter & Climate Change

Nov 04, 2008

About this time each year I see woolly worms wherever I go.

Keeping Our Outdoor Heritage Alive

Oct 26, 2008

Brisk autumn air is finally here! In the next few months, hundreds of thousands of Missourians will be taking to the woods and fields to enjoy it in all sorts of ways.

Wildlife Watching Generates Billions

Oct 17, 2008

Who would think that watching birds at the backyard feeder or going farther afield to catch sight of an eagle or falcon might generate billions of dollars?

New Indoor Archery Range at Linn Tech

Oct 08, 2008

I attended the opening of a new indoor archery and air rifle range this week at Linn State Technical College.

Missouri Conservation Folks to the Rescue from Floods and Fires

Sep 30, 2008

The recent return of six Missouri conservation agents from flood-damaged communities in Louisiana reminded me of the brave actions that goes on largely out of sight and out of the minds of most of us.

National Hunting and Fishing Day

Sep 26, 2008

I just wrote about Take a Child Outside Week a few days ago. Well, this is the week to celebrate the outdoors in a number of ways! Since 1972, the fourth Saturday of September has been National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Take a Child Outside Week

Sep 23, 2008

It should really be “Take a Child Outside Year” but a week is a good start. Ideally, children should be able to spend time outdoors in nature close to home and on their own. But as Richard Louv noted in his book “Last Child in the Woods,” that’s less and less likely to happen without some conscious effort.

Ripe Pawpaws - If You Can Find Them!

Sep 12, 2008

Yesterday, Bonnie and Bernadette (two of our editors and slow food enthusiasts) picked some pawpaw fruits from the trees in one of the courtyards at our office.

2008 Missouri Waterfowl-Hunting Forecast

Sep 05, 2008

It looks like the dramatic flooding this past year will impact Missouri waterfowl hunting opportunities in a variety of ways.

Bye Hummingbirds, Hello Teal

Sep 02, 2008

As I watched the birds gather and dive bomb each other at my hummingbird feeder yesterday, I noticed that they actually looked pudgy.

Missouri Dove Hunting '08

Aug 29, 2008

I’m looking at the calendar, and Sept. 1 is near. For students that means back to school, but for Missouri hunters that marks the opening of dove season and the first of the fall hunting seasons to come.

The Way to Better Shotgun Skills

Aug 22, 2008

Part of being a good hunter means honing your skills so every shot you take counts. With the cost of ammunition rising, the incentive to do that just keeps growing too.

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