From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
June 2001 Issue

Back Cover

Dickcissel Spiza americana

Dickcissels are common throughout grasslands of the Midwest. The birds are five-and-three-quarter inches long and have chestnut backs. Males have yellow breasts with black bibs and often perch on fences while delivering their dick-dick-dickcissel song. They are often vocal through the heat of the day. Most dickcissels winter in Venezuela and return to their breeding range in May.

Also in this issue

What's Cheeping In Your Chimney

Chimney swifts adapted to settlement by nesting in our smokestack.

Missouri Tigers

To their prey, they are as big as linebackers, and just as fierce.

Treetop Adventures

A high-altitude competition tests the mettle of tree care professionals.

Image of a common carp

Carpe Diem

Seize the day with a family carp fishing adventure.

Hummingbird Imposters

Look! It's a hummingbird! No, it's an insect! Well, which is it?

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Bryan Hendricks
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