From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
September 2013 Issue

Kids In Nature

7 Simple Ideas for Family Fun

  1. Listen for migrating birds in the evening.
  2. Draw a picture of a migrating monarch butterfly.
  3. Find a jewelweed seedpod and see how it explodes when touched.
  4. Fall color begins to show in sumac, take a walk and try to spot one.
  5. Watch for glowworms in low water.
  6. Try to spot a squirrel burying acorns and nuts for the winter.
  7. Male white-tailed deer rub their antlers against small trees and shrubs (called a buck rub) in the fall to remove the fuzzy covering on their antlers called velvet. Try to find a buck rub in the woods.

Kids in Nature Photo Contest!

Break out those cameras and send us your best images of you and your family enjoying the outdoors for our new photo contest. Once again, we will be accepting entries via the online photo sharing service, Flickr. If you are not a member of Flickr, it is easy and free to join. Once you are a member, just navigate to our kids in nature group page: and submit your photos. MDC staff will select a winner every month and display it on our website. All of the monthly winners will appear in the January 2014 issue of the magazine.

Also in this issue

Spothanded Crayfish

Claws for Alarm

Why you should be concerned about invasive crayfish.

Boy Dove Hunting

Dove Hunting: Getting Started

These game birds may be the ultimate wing-shooting challenge.

deer in a field

Meeting the Changing Needs of Wildlife

Updating Missouri’s Wildlife Code to safeguard the public trust and address threats to our state’s resources, including protecting deer from chronic wasting disease.

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This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler