Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2012

Up on the Roof

May 01, 2012

Master Naturalists and MDC volunteers give a green roof a facelift.

Thirty Master Naturalists and MDC volunteers receive planting instructions on the roof of K Building at MDC HQ

Homefield Advantage for Conservation With the Springfield Cardinals

Apr 13, 2012

The sun was shining, the children were laughing, and Smokey Bear was warming up to throw the first pitch at Hammons Field, home to the Springfield Cardinals baseball team.

Dive-bombed by a Martin

Apr 12, 2012

I was dive-bombed by a beautiful, iridescent, dark blue bird...but what was it?

Turkey Season Almost Here

Apr 11, 2012

It’s time to buy that permit, screw the tight choke tube into the shotgun and locate the camouflage clothing, turkey loads, calls and bug spray.

Wild Turkeys

Wappapello Bioblitz Turns Up Plant-Animal Hybrid

Mar 28, 2012

Genetic mix-up could enable Missourians to gather a limit of crappie and a mess of mushrooms without leaving their boats.

Cooking With the Iron Men of Boy Scout Troop 4

Mar 27, 2012

Members of this Jefferson City troop made culinary memories last weekend.

Pecan muffins, anyone?

Tick Alert!

Mar 20, 2012

Warm weather has brought ticks back with a vengeance.

A bright red ring and inflammation around a tick bite.

Life Finds A Way

Mar 15, 2012

The reproducing and spreading species in this case is the ornamental tree called the callery pear, which may right now be in its full flowering glory in your front yard. Please don't plant any more callery pears.

Callery pears along highway roadside.

A Suprise in the Garden

Mar 15, 2012

As I rounded the corner into the garden area, I was suddenly caught off guard.

bur oak tree

A Champion In Your Own Backyard

Feb 28, 2012

Champion trees are all around us.

measuring a tree

Calendar Elm

Feb 27, 2012

Yard work, astrophysics and archaeology meet in my back yard.

Permit Renewal Time

Feb 21, 2012

If you’re an avid Missouri hunter or angler, you probably have permits in your wallet that will expire in the next week.

person buying a permit from a vendor

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact Brings the Pain!

Feb 16, 2012

This poacher lost his hunting privileges until age 92!

Drama at the Birdfeeder

Feb 09, 2012

Yesterday I noticed a circular pile of red feathers in my yard near my birdfeeders.

cardinal feathers littering the ground

Nature's Forecasters

Jan 12, 2012

Before the National Weather Service started in 1890, farmers did not have a scientific way to predict the weather, so they left the forecasting to the plants and animals.

Upright Woodchuck