Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2009

Fish for Free!

Jun 05, 2009

Here’s a trivia question. Name three ways a person can legally fish in Missouri without purchasing a fishing permit.

What Is the Future of Missouri's Outdoors?

Jun 03, 2009

Missourians care about the outdoors, whether they focus on its water, nature, soil, wildlife, air, fish, forests, natural communities, outdoor recreation or some mix of these.

What's This Thing in My Yard?

May 28, 2009

Every spring I get a few contacts about a strange object in someone’s yard. Sometimes a photo is sent and other times just a description.

Nature's Clearcut

May 22, 2009

Trees across the Ozarks that stood tall weeks ago now lie scattered like so many matchsticks in the wake of straight-line winds and tornadoes.

Hunting Spring Gobblers

May 19, 2009

At the age of 55, this is the first spring that I have hunted turkeys.

A Punk Knot - Of Course!

May 14, 2009

One of the most interesting aspects of my job as Department ombudsman is that citizens will share with me unusual observations and objects from the natural world.

Keep Fingers Crossed for Quail

May 06, 2009

The Northern bobwhite quail has declined in Missouri since the mid-1950s, by more than 70 percent in the last 30 years.

Free Nature Fun - Spring Birds

May 01, 2009

This weekend is perfect for stepping outside with a pair of binoculars and your ears wide open to catch sight and sound of some colorful birds on their way north.

The Incredible, Edible...Morel

Apr 27, 2009

When I moved to Missouri 23 years ago, I was amazed at the passion that exists here for the spring ritual of hunting morel mushrooms.

dragonfly on flowers of blazing star

Missouri Volunteer Opportunity: Master Naturalists

Apr 24, 2009

Who is a likely Missouri Master Naturalist?

Missouri Volunteer Opportunity: Forestkeepers

Apr 23, 2009

Whether you just have a few trees or many in a nearby park, you can do something to help Missouri’s trees. Volunteer as a Missouri Forestkeeper. This statewide network supported by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri helps you monitor local trees.

Missouri Volunteer Opportunity: Stream Teams

Apr 22, 2009

This year is the 20th anniversary of Missouri Stream Teams—volunteers dedicated to taking care of Missouri’s streams and rivers.

Volunteer Opportunity Highlight: Nature Center

Apr 20, 2009

If you’re interested in playing a role in keeping Missouri’s nature green, clean and healthy, you might consider the many ways to volunteer through the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Timberdoodle Hatch

Apr 17, 2009

Last Saturday my dog, Lizzy, and I were multi-tasking.

We're Frost Free

Apr 13, 2009

If you prefer warmer temperatures and you’re looking for the bright side of Tax Day, April 15 is also the average day of last frost in central Missouri.

Bittern Burst out from Hiding

Apr 09, 2009

As I was strolling around our “swamp” yesterday, an American bittern suddenly flew out from its hiding place among the dried cattails.

Hummingbirds Are Back!

Apr 04, 2009

One of my favorite websites to visit each spring shows a map of the spring return of ruby-throated hummingbirds to the eastern United States.

Plant a Tree, Sink Some Carbon!

Apr 01, 2009

Since 1886, Missourians “officially” have counted the first Friday in April as Arbor Day.

There's Always Next Season

Mar 27, 2009

While this March had some warm days and signs of spring began appearing, April should bring the full glory of the new season and leave little doubt that last winter is now history.

A Third of U.S. Birds in Trouble

Mar 24, 2009

Someone just commented to this blog about not seeing as many whippoorwills as usual. That fits with what’s happening to about a third of the 800 species of birds in the United States that are declining, threatened or endangered.