Fresh Afield

Belted Kingfishers Returning Soon

Apr 02, 2013

According to the 2013 Natural Events Calendar, the belted kingfishers will be returning on or around the third of April.

Belted kingfisher on a branch.

Black and Orange and Bugging You

Feb 08, 2013

There are always a few boxelder bugs roaming the interiors of many Missouri houses and buildings over the winter, but I don’t ever remember seeing several per day every day.

Box Elder Bug

A Farewell to Feeding

Feb 06, 2013

The cost of artificial feeding for deer is too high.

Photo shows a mature whitetail buck with antlers in velvet.

Lawn Weeds Prevalent This Winter

Jan 31, 2013

A number of Missourians have contacted me this past fall and this winter regarding the weedy plants that are taking over their lawns and some say “killing the grass.”

lawn weeds

Winter Wonderland

Jan 30, 2013

Cold weather turns Missouri's original natural area into a photographer's dream.

This photo shows the 40-foot open span of Clifty Creek's natural bridge.

Polka-Dotted Venison?!

Jan 29, 2013

Is this meat safe to eat? Yes.

This photo shows a cut of venison with dark red spots on the surface.

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