Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2008

Hunters and Anglers Double Dollars for Wildlife and Fish

Aug 13, 2008

Who doesn’t like a bargain? If you donate to conservation or other causes you support, you most likely get offers to double those dollars now and then because some generous donor has agreed to a match.

Missouri Students Win in Environthon

Aug 07, 2008

Exciting news just arrived that the team of five Missouri students from Parkway North High School placed 2nd in the Canon Envirothon held in Arizona this year. Each will receive a $4,000 scholarship.

Update on Prairie Chickens' Return

Aug 05, 2008

The latest news is good. As of yesterday, Max Alleger reports that 40 prairie chickens (hens and chicks) have successfully made the move from Kansas to Missouri, with a little help from the Conservation crew of trappers and transporters.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Missouri!

Jul 29, 2008

A few weeks ago I mentioned what people can do to keep some invasive species out of Missouri.

Prairie Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Jul 24, 2008

It’s hard to imagine, but just 60 years ago, wild deer, turkey, eagles and geese were all rare in Missouri.

My Big Fat Bullfrogs

Jul 21, 2008

Those loud, belching-croak sounds coming from my pond suggest an army of bullfrogs has appeared out of nowhere.

Singing Insects

Jul 14, 2008

Summer is about to sizzle.

In Search of Wild Raspberries

Jul 08, 2008

Last weekend was the perfect time to stroll along the edge of the woods for two reasons.

Ditch the Invasive Hitchhikers

Jul 01, 2008

Camping and boating travelers beware!

Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People

Jun 30, 2008

A reporter recently told me that the word “landscaping” appeals more to people today than “gardening” because it sounds like less work.

July 1 An Important Date For Fall Hunters

Jun 26, 2008

If you’re a fall hunter like I am and you purchased your Missouri small-game hunting permit in early March, you may want to make additional permit purchases soon.

What’s This Thing in My Yard?

May 29, 2008

Every spring I get a few contacts about a strange object in someone’s yard.

Gift of Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing

May 27, 2008

I was joking with Warren Rose (Missouri Conservation Department’s Outreach and Education regional supervisor based in Springfield) about whether he had gotten a postcard reminding him to buy his fishing license.

What Is That Blob Outside?

May 22, 2008

With the wet spring we’ve had (3 to 5 inches of rain above normal February to April in many Missouri counties), it’s no surprise that unusual things are growing out there.

Prize for Your Native Plants in a Pot

May 19, 2008

This time of year is my favorite when it comes to gardening.

When Climate Change Is Close to Home

May 15, 2008

It seems that global warming/climate change is less of interest to most Missourians than is clean water close to home.

New Leaders at Missouri Conservation Department

May 09, 2008

I was sad to see three key leaders and friends at the Conservation Department leave recently (one into a new job elsewhere and two into blissful retirement).

Attracting Bright Orange Birds to Your Feeder

Apr 28, 2008

For eye-popping color, it’s hard to beat Baltimore orioles (called northern orioles for a while, then back to the earlier name).

First Grant for Missouri National Archery in the Schools

Apr 24, 2008

It may be a small school with just 51 students, but Shawnee R-III didn’t let that hold them back— they’re the first school to receive the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program grant offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Conservation Federation of Missouri.

New Conservation Education Center Opens in the Ozarks

Apr 21, 2008

A new gem of a place, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, held its grand opening Saturday, April 19.