From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
September 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.

Mushroom

On the back cover and right is a peppery milky mushroom (Lactarius piperatus) by Noppadol Paothong. The peppery milky is in season from July through September, grows up to 3 1/4 inches tall and the cap grows up to 6 inches wide. While this mushroom is not considered poisonous, its bitter taste makes it undesirable table fare. Mushrooms of the Lactarius species will secrete a latex, milky substance from any bruise or cut and especially from the gills. To learn more about mushrooms in Missouri, see the links listed below.

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Also in this issue

Every Cog and Wheel

Missouri’s Natural Heritage Program tracks our rare plant and animal treasures and their habitats.

Onboard for Online

Busy students can now study for Hunter Education Certification through the Internet.

Majestic Monarch

The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is perhaps the most recognized butterfly in Missouri, and rightly so. It is a beautiful creature with a fascinating life cycle.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
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