From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
May 2003 Issue

Back Cover

Baby Copperhead

image of baby copperheadCopperheads are born alive and with fully functional fangs capable of injecting venom. A young copperhead uses its bright yellow tail as a lure to attract small frogs, lizards, cicadas and other prey. A copperhead keeps its yellow tail for one or two years. A good way to identify a copperhead is by the banding on its back. It is the only snake whose banding is shaped like a bow-tie. Although copperheads are found throughout the state, except in the extreme northern portion, there are no recorded deaths attributed to copperhead bites in Missouri.--Cliff White

Also in this issue

Urban Food Chains

A simple desire to feed the birds may set up a food chain that includes predators and scavengers.

Tour de Fly

"God in his wisdom made the fly, And then forgot to tell us why." --Ogden Nash

The Cedar Solution

Bobwhite quail returned to the farm after I cut down the big cedar trees.

Right on Target

SMSU shooting team earns honors for marksmanship and maturity.

Image of an eurasian tree sparrow

The Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Our "local" sparrow draws birders from around the world

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Bryan Hendricks
Art Editor - Dickson Stauffer
Designer - Les Fortenberry
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Circulation - Laura Scheuler