Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2011

Fall Hunting Permits Now Available

Jul 29, 2011

It may be hard to think about hunting with the summer temperatures hovering near triple digits, but it’s just over a month until Missouri’s dove season opens on Sept. 1.

Chill Out

Jul 25, 2011

Nothing beats wade-fishing as a way to beat the summer heat while enjoying time outdoors.

The author's brother prepares to cast a fishing lure into a pool of clear water.

What's This Bug?

Jul 21, 2011

The male of the species, although harmless, is ferocious-looking due to the long pincers growing from the head.

Broken Twig Syndrome?

Jul 08, 2011

Have you found yourself picking up broken tree branch tips from your lawn recently, only to find your lawn cluttered with them again the next day?

Photo of tree-branch flagging


Jun 23, 2011

Sometimes you have to stop and smell the whitetails.

A tiny white-tailed deer fawn lies on the ground immediately below an office win

Plant Growth Gone Awry

Jun 21, 2011

Once a year or so I receive photos of a strange-looking flower that someone has photographed, usually from a field of typical flowers of the same species.

A Taste of Chitin

Jun 16, 2011

When life hands you cicadas, cover them with chocolate. That’s what Julie Love in our Protection Division did last week.

Bobwhite Quail Hatch at Its Peak

Jun 15, 2011

What does a brand-new quail need when it leaves the protection of a warm eggshell?

Scratching a Bear

Jun 13, 2011

Sometimes a bear needs help with those hard-to-reach places.

Several workers are helping extract the large bear from a foot snare.

Seeking Enlightenment

Jun 13, 2011

Contact with nature rekindles our inner lights.

Welcome to Planet Earth

Jun 09, 2011

Cicadas are difficult to avoid or ignore, given their tremendous numbers, their loud singing, their penchant for landing on people and even for getting indoors where we thought we would be safe.

A Bird of a Different Color

May 19, 2011

One of the pleasures of my job is that I get to see lots of photos of unusually colored animals that Missourians submit to us for an explanation.

Helping Orphaned Wildlife

May 17, 2011

At this time of the year, it is not uncommon to find bird nests, eggs or fledglings out of trees and in vulnerable situations.

EAB Out at First

May 16, 2011

A baseball-loving wasp could help with early detection of a devastating forest pest.

Once Upon A Mid-Day Dreary...

May 06, 2011

For Missourians, that rapping in the spring is more likely to be produced by a male cardinal.

Respect Wildlife and Residents During Flooding

May 05, 2011

With the recent and current flooding in southern Missouri, we have received several questions about the effects of flooding on wildlife.

Media Bag a Limit of Information on Elk Tour

Apr 22, 2011

Editors, reporters and photographers got a day-long tour of the heart of Missouri's elk-restoration zone and unlimited access to top officials in charge of the project.

Photo of Commissioner McGeehan talking with reporter

Periodical Cicadas Nearing the Surface

Apr 19, 2011

With the more spring-like weather stimulating me to do yard work lately, I’ve done some shoveling in my yard in mid-Missouri. On three occasions, I have uncovered the nymph stage of periodical cicadas, a few inches below the soil surface.

Periodical Cicadas

Sometimes Being PC Is a Good Thing

Apr 12, 2011

MDC is in the fourth of a five-year effort to bring the greater prairie chicken back to the Show-Me State's prairie lands.

rolling grassy hills near Salina Kansas makes good prairie chicken habitat

Fossil From China Sheds New Light on the Origin of Flowering Plants

Apr 05, 2011

I was amazed at this photo of a plant fossil found recently in China.