From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
August 1999 Issue

Back Cover

Queen of the prairie Filipendula rubra

Known in Missouri from only sites in four counties, this striking wildflower is found in rare natural communities called fens. Fens are small wetlands that are formed where ground water reaches the land surface, providing moist, saturated soils and cool temperatures. Queen of the prairie is one of a group of rare plants considered to be relicts from the last glacial period, when ice sheets covered north Missouri and the Ozarks where much cooler and wetter than today. These plants survive only in isolated fens because they provide a cool, moist oases in a mostly hot and dry summer landscape --Tim Smith

Also in this issue

Best of the Bassmen

Quick now: What athlete had his best season ever in 1998, won the top event in his sport, was named professional of the year, has been featured in Sports Illustrated and Time and been on the David Letterman show?

Missouri's Freshwater Mussels

These intricate and colorful bottom dwellers face new threats.

Making HAY from Your Forest

Timber stands offer a cornucopia of valuable herbs, bark, cones and seeds.

A Helping Hand

Wildlife managers reintroduce collared lizards to restored habitats.

SPEED Wears Feathers

The docile mourning dove boost its mph in September.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Assistant Editor - Charlotte Overby
Managing Editor - Jim Auckley
Art Editor - Dickson Stauffer
Designer - Tracy Ritter
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Composition - Libby Bode Block
Circulation - Bertha Bainer