From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
August 2009 Issue

Back Cover

What is it?

Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder. The answer is revealed below.

Big Bluestem

On the back cover is big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) by Noppadol Paothong. A tallgrass prairie icon, it is common throughout Missouri in glades, prairies and savannas. Also found on roadsides, it is used as a warm-season forage for cattle and provides good wildlife cover. Big bluestem blooms June to September, and grows to a height of 5 to 9 feet. Flower heads are said to resemble upside down turkey claws. To learn more about native plants in Missouri, visit the links listed below.

Also in this issue

A photographer takes pictures of wildflowers

Finer Focus

Explore nature's depths with a camera and a little patience.

Photo of a male eastern Hercules beetle on bark

Urban Coyotes

Our behavior is key to a successful coexistence with this canine.

The Way to Walleye

A practical guide to achieving the coveted state of "walleyeness."

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair
Art Director - Cliff White
Writer/Editor - Tom Cwynar
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler