Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2008

Why Missouri Native Seed?

Apr 17, 2008

Nothing works better than native plants when it comes to creating a healthy landscape.

Spring Wildflowers Popping Up

Apr 11, 2008

This is my favorite time of year when finally I start seeing new life pop up in the woods, along the streams, across the fields.

Past Springs Hurt Missouri’s Turkey Numbers Today

Apr 08, 2008

Although Missouri still ranks as one of best states in number of wild turkeys, those numbers are down, according to Missouri Conservation Resource Scientist Tom Dailey.

Planting 120,000 Trees for Missouri Arbor Day

Apr 04, 2008

Plant a tree! Friday, April 4 is Missouri Arbor Day.

Quail Top the Charts in Scott County

Mar 27, 2008

Across the southeastern United States, bobwhite quail have been increasingly rare to see in the past few decades.

Grant Helps Missouri Community Trees

Mar 21, 2008

With all the storms and damage to trees in the past two years, many Missouri towns and cities face unusually big challenges when it comes to keeping their trees alive and thriving.

No Bones about It: Prehistoric Paddlefish

Mar 18, 2008

The paddlefish is one very weird and ancient kind of fish.

Spring Peepers Calling

Mar 15, 2008

You might think I’ve gone overboard on animal calls the past few weeks.

Counting Missouri Turkey Gobbles for Fun and a Prize

Mar 11, 2008

Looking for an excuse to listen to the sounds of spring this year?

Rods, Guns and Wild Roses

Mar 06, 2008

When I started working for the Conservation Department, I felt a sense of being at home with people who deeply enjoyed nature and the outdoors as much as I did.

Listen for the Sound of Spring: Woodcocks

Mar 04, 2008

Before the new green appears, sounds mark the first signs of spring.

Leap into Year of the Frog

Feb 29, 2008

Leap Day is the perfect day to jump on the Year of the Frog bandwagon.

Muck Suckers of the River Bottom Rise Again?

Feb 27, 2008

Life can be tough for a fish that may live 100 years, isn’t sexually mature until it’s 20 years old or more and feeds by sucking in worms, leeches, crayfish and fish at the bottom of rivers or lakes.

Conservation Leadership Corps in Action

Feb 22, 2008

I’m here today at the meeting of the Conservation Leadership Corps.

Shoulder to Shoulder at Trout Opener

Feb 19, 2008

When I picture “trout fishing,” it’s often an image of a person alone in a remote stream.

Life Blooms Despite the Cold

Feb 15, 2008

It was another windy, cold winter day.

Matures, Boomers, Gen-X and Millenials Mix it Up

Feb 11, 2008

Changes in style and outlook from one generation to the next is nothing new.

Commission Presents Top Hunter Education Awards

Feb 06, 2008

The state’s top Hunter Education Instructor awards were presented by Commission Chair Chip McGeehan to two amazingly dedicated individuals at last week’s meeting of the Missouri Conservation Commission.

Missouri’s 15 Million Acres of Woods

Feb 04, 2008

Missouri has a wealth of woods—15 million acres in fact. There actually are more trees today than there were 50 years ago.

Why Volunteer for Hunter Education?

Feb 02, 2008

“If all my hours of volunteering prevent one hunting accident, then it’s worth it. Plus, I have a group of instructors that work with me and together we make it happen." Mark Burns, 2008 Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Award winner.