Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2012

A Family of Volunteers

Dec 06, 2012

Volunteering has brought families together.

First Snow

Nov 14, 2012

Sometimes you can get too much of a good thing.

Thousands of snow geese fill the sky above a lake as they migrate north


Nov 06, 2012

Antlers from a deer shot 160 years ago in Monroe County stir musings about yesteryear.

These 10-point antlers are reputed to be more than 160 years old.

Show-Me Freaks of Nature

Oct 30, 2012

Discover nature with Halloween tricks and treats from MDC, including our field guide of Missouri’s wild things, both real and imagined.

bony, distressed-looking dog or coyote with no hair

... In all the wrong places

Oct 29, 2012

One deer's search for love led him to the Conservation's central office.

Four Conservation Department employees subdue a mature whitetail buck.

Wildlife In My Own Backyard

Sep 11, 2012

Even though he lived in the country his whole life, it took a move to the city for him to see a wild skunk.

Blue Catfish: Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Aug 29, 2012

Blue catfish display shows sizes and numbers anglers could catch and keep under proposed regulations.

Blue Catfish Display

Missouri's Banana - The Pawpaw

Aug 20, 2012

Did you know that Missouri has its very own banana? Well, alright it’s not really a banana, but it sure does taste like one.

Where’s your place?

Aug 16, 2012

Everone has a favorite outdoor spot. Where's yours?

A golden retriever frolics on a sandbar laced with flowing water.

The Wearing of the Orange

Aug 14, 2012

Archers and gun hunters alike should use extra caution during the new alternative-methods portion of firearms deer season.

Hunter Education

Bullfrog Sooie: Calling the Frogs

Jul 30, 2012

It's not that easy being green, and it's not that easy catching frogs, either.

A gigger with a headlamp gigs for frogs while a helper shines a light in the water.

Little Armored One

Jul 20, 2012

Although generally harmless, armadillos can become a nuisance in home landscapes when their digging leaves scattered holes and dirt piles.

Image of an armadillo

MDC Nature Centers offer cool place to Discover Nature during summer heat

Jul 09, 2012

It’s a safe bet that summer in Missouri will be hot. But here’s one thing you might not have to bet on: you can still spend hours enjoying the Missouri outdoors no matter how hot summer is.

girl with hummingbird


Jul 03, 2012

Missourians' risk of death by snakebite is on par with the odds of being struck by falling space debris.

Image of an osage copperhead

Nature at Night

Jul 02, 2012

There's never a bad time to discover nature.

A picture of the full moon taken through a telescope.

A Frog Symphony

Jun 26, 2012

My first time swimming in a creek, I was serenaded with the sounds of a frog symphony.

The Low-Down on Blackberries

Jun 15, 2012

This is one case where it pays to set your sights low.

A bucket containing glossy blackberries sits in front of a blackberry patch.

Family Afield

May 29, 2012

An afternoon hike at Danville Conservation Area brought to mind fond family memories, and it's a perfect place to make more.

Purple coneflowers at Danville Conservation Area

Gone Fishin'

May 17, 2012

I love fishing, so when I was asked to help at a family fishing event I jumped at the chance. First, I had to brush up on my angling skills.

Photo Fascination

May 14, 2012

If a photo is worth 1,000 words, this Flickr page is worth 75 million.