Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2009

Dove Season Opener Next Week

Aug 25, 2009

The traditional start of the fall hunting seasons is just around the corner now as the Missouri dove season opens on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Master Naturalists Create Nature Adventure for Preschoolers

Aug 21, 2009

Forget fancy, expensive toys. There’s nothing like a few blocks of wood or a pile of sand to grab the attention of young children.

Nature Unleashed: Discover Nature Schools

Aug 18, 2009

One image I hold from grade school was the magic of the milkweed plant.

Where the Butterflies Are

Aug 14, 2009

In recent weeks I’ve had a couple of contacts from Missourians asking what has happened to all of the butterflies this year.

Mr 340 Makes Vacation, Film Doc

Aug 11, 2009

I took the most unusual vacation of my life last week, piloting a safety boat during the Fourth Annual Missouri River 340.

Consider the Goldfinch

Aug 07, 2009

When I looked at the Natural Events Calendar on my office wall today, the event for Aug. 7 was “Goldfinches begin nesting as thistles go to seed.”

Government That Works: New Conservation Commissioner

Aug 03, 2009

Last week Governor Nixon appointed a new member, Don C. Bedell from Sikeston, to the Missouri Conservation Commission.

The Gall of Those Little Wasps

Jul 30, 2009

Some of the more unusual natural objects in Missouri’s forests are the insect galls that are found on oak trees.

To Kill a Tree

Jul 24, 2009

I receive occasional contacts from Missourians who are lamenting the harvest of trees or the use of herbicides on trees.

Catfish Mania

Jul 22, 2009

I spent Saturday night and Sunday morning on the Missouri River with two Nebraska natives who came all that way to compete in the Waverly Cats tournament.

Happy to See Black Rat Snakes

Jul 20, 2009

As I opened our garage door yesterday, a young black rat snake about 2 feet long was rudely awakened from where it lay stretched out along the floor.

Where to Buy Charcoal Pans

Jul 17, 2009

If this is the first time you have seen one of my blog entries, HELLO! If you followed me from Conservation Conversations, THANK YOU, and welcome to Fresh Afield, my new blogging home.

It's a Small World After All

Jul 15, 2009

If you doubt that the world is getting smaller and more interconnected all the time, consider the case of the Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea).

Recycling Box Turtle

Jul 09, 2009

In recent weeks, I’ve observed a few three-toed box turtles in my yard in Jefferson City. It’s normal to see several of them each summer, often when the mulberry fruits are on the ground.

They Came from the Lake

Jul 03, 2009

Odd-looking gelatinous blobs are appearing in some Missouri lakes and ponds.

July 1 an Important Date for Fall Hunters

Jun 26, 2009

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.

Women Discover Nature and Outdoor Fun

Jun 22, 2009

Whether they were excited to hit a bullseye in archery or clay targets using shotguns, savoring the latest Dutch-oven cooking, finding their way with a compass or just laughing at dinner, the 80 or so women at the latest Discover Nature—Women workshop put on by the Missouri Department of Conservation had great fun learning new skills.

Remembering Father

Jun 18, 2009

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, I know that many people will be thinking of their fathers.

New Field Guide to Missouri Shrubs

Jun 15, 2009

You’ll find lots of reasons to own the handy new "Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri Field Guide" published by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

What's Happening Out There?

Jun 10, 2009

If you haven’t been in the Missouri outdoors recently, I can tell you that natural events are happening at a frenzied pace.