Fresh Afield

Testing the Waters

Sep 09, 2016

Have you ever been interested in duck hunting, but the idea of weathering the cold has kept you from taking that extra step out into the marsh?  Or perhaps you do duck hunt, but have that friend who tried it once, had leaky waders in the dead of winter, and swore he or she would never go back.  Well, it just so happens ... 

Blue-winged Teal In Flight

A Cruddy Looking Success Story

Aug 15, 2016

With the Olympics wrapping up soon, sports enthusiasts and candid viewers alike have been plugged in and watching the next big event.  In nature's game of survival, there too are a variety of “headlines” that can amaze and inspire. 

Viceroy caterpillar

Help With Problem Wildlife

Jun 27, 2014

When Missouri wildlife gets a little too close to home, browse our Nuisance Native Wildlife section for tips on dealing with problem critters.

Eastern cottontail rabbit in grassy field

Bear Hunt

Mar 24, 2014

After spending time near one of North America's largest furbearers, everything else is a little dull.

Jeff Beringer and his bear-research volunteers head out.

A Pawn in the Game of Life

Dec 02, 2013

Do you ever get the feeling your big brain and opposable thumbs aren't really that big an advantage?

Greenhead Daydreams

Oct 21, 2013

Die-hard duck hunters and their dogs will be in the marsh on opening day, whether the birds come or not.

A blacl Labrador retriever brings in a duck

Deer Antlers: Does anyone know the score?

Oct 09, 2013

Points and inches aren't always what makes deer antlers special.

Deer 1

Muskrat Love

May 21, 2013

I noticed something in the water, and it wasn’t the catfish or bluegill that I am accustomed to witnessing...

Photograph of a muskrat standing on grass

First Hummingbird of the Year!

Apr 18, 2013

If you haven't put out your nectar feeders yet, now is the time!

Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight

Time Warps

Apr 11, 2013

These two areas will transport you to a time before the last ice age.

The trail above Cupola Pond offers a good view of the pond.