Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2010

We Built It . . . and They Came Back

Sep 08, 2010

Quail return to the grounds of the Conservation Department's Headquarters.

Dove Opener Next Wednesday

Aug 26, 2010

Tips for dove season opener on Sept. 1.

Unusual Summer Insects

Aug 13, 2010

Unusual summer insects that you may be seeing around your yard or property.

The Hummingbird Versus the Honeybee

Aug 06, 2010

Magazine readers take sides over honeybees at hummingbird feeders.

Antler Growth, Part II

Jul 28, 2010

Check out how much my camera-loving buck's antlers have grown since last time.

Deer antler growth as of May 15

Bad Hair Day

Jul 22, 2010

An e-mailer recently described to me an odd encounter she had with wildlife. She killed a cockroach by stepping on it. Before she could dispose of the dead cockroach, a narrow worm-like organism that was several inches long crawled out of the cockroach and began weaving its body like a snake on the her floor.

Over the Hump

Jul 20, 2010

I’ve already had enough of this summer’s heat and humidity, and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. There is some encouragement, however, in the average annual temperature data. A look at a plot of the average temperature highs and lows for mid-Missouri shows that mid-July is the peak of both curves.

Cicadas and Their Killers

Jul 13, 2010

The middle of July through August is the time that we should be hearing annual, or dog-day, cicadas whining in the treetops around sunset.

New Shrooms and Herps Guidebooks

Jul 09, 2010

Two new guidebooks are now available to help you identify and appreciate the species in these groups.

Fall Permits Now for Sale

Jul 01, 2010

Today is the first day that you can purchase several permits for hunting in Missouri this coming fall and winter.

New Lake City Shooting Range Open

Jun 13, 2010

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s newest state-of-the-art facility is open in Buckner near Kansas City.

Jumping Oak Galls, Batman!

Jun 04, 2010

Missourians from St. Louis to Table Rock Lake are reporting a strange condition on the leaves of oak trees.

Leaves affected by jumping oak gall.

Mulberries Fruiting

May 28, 2010

If backyard wildlife celebrated holidays, this week would have been the annual Mulberry Festival. In mid-Missouri, the female trees of white mulberry are bearing heavy fruit crops.

Squirrel Hunting Now Available

May 24, 2010

The 2010 squirrel season opened on May 22 and remains open through next Feb. 15.

Charismatic Reptiles

May 20, 2010

To many people, snakes and lizards are not what come to mind when they think of likable wildlife.

Returning Birds

May 17, 2010

A couple of beautiful bird species are returning to Missouri now after spending the winter in areas to the south of us.

How Old Is My Turkey?

May 14, 2010

Surely one of the things that causes most head scratching among turkey hunters is the question of how old a particular gobbler is.

Insect + Tree = Something Weird

May 11, 2010

Lately I’ve been seeing insect galls on the ground that were blown down from the strong winds of spring thunderstorms.

"Orphaned" Wildlife

May 04, 2010

It’s that time of the year again, when Missourians frequently call us to report that they have “rescued” or found “orphaned” wildlife or injured animals needing help.

What's in a Name?

Apr 27, 2010

I love questions from curious people. I always learn something answering them. Today I got one from that increasingly endangered species, a letter writer.