From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
February 2015 Issue

Discover Nature

8 Ideas for Family Fun

To find more events near you, call your regional office, or visit mdc.mo.gov and choose your region.

Turkey Call Workshop: Box Calls

Feb. 7 • Saturday • 8 a.m.–noon Ozark Region, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, Rt. 1 Box 1998, Winona, MO 65588 Registration required, call 573-325-1381 Ages 12 and older

Learn to make your own turkey call out of Missouri cedar just before turkey season this spring!

Discover Nature — Fishing: Volunteer Instructor Training

Feb. 7 • Saturday • 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Northeast Region, Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore, Kirksville, MO 63510 Registration required, call 660-785-2420 Ages 14 and older, under 16 must attend with an adult. The Discover Nature — Fishing Program will be holding a Volunteer Instructor Training and Yearly Planning Meeting in the Northeast Regional Office. Those who are passionate about fishing and interested in passing it on are encouraged to attend.

Maple Sugar Festival

Feb. 7 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–3 p.m. St. Louis Region, Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, MO 63038 No registration, call 636-458-2236 for information. All ages. Experience conservation success and forest resources at their finest — and sweetest! Visit the Sugar Bush to see trees tapped. Boil sap down at the Three Kettle Station and Sugar Shack. Taste delicious syrup, sugar on snow taffy, and pure maple sugar. Parking available on-site and off-site via a shuttle bus.

Discover Nature — Fishing: The Basics of Trout Fishing

Feb. 10 • Tuesday • 6–9 p.m. Northeast Region, MDC Hannibal office, 8965 Hwy 36, Suite 1, Hannibal, MO 63401 Registration required, call 573-248-2530 All ages, 16 and younger must b accompanied by an adult Learn the history, habitat, and equipment it takes to catch a rainbow trout in Missouri’s waterways.

Nature Center at Night: Slimy Spotted Sallies

Feb. 12 • Thursday • 5–8 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 No registration required, call 573-290-5218 for information All ages, families. In late winter and early spring on warm, rainy nights, some species of Missouri salamanders will be making their way to a pond to lay eggs. Learn more about these secretive amphibians. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Maple Sugaring

Feb. 14 • Saturday • 1–4 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. No registration required, call 573-290-5218 For information. All ages, families. Discover one of the forest’s sweetest gifts. Maple sugaring is rich in history and still practiced today. Learn the history, equipment, and process of making maple syrup. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Birds: Your Gateway to the Natural Wonders of the World

Feb. 20 • Friday • 7–8:45 p.m., Southwest Region, Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO 65804 Registration required, call 417-888-4237 Ages 12 and older. Professional ornithologist and two-time #1 best-selling author John C. Robinson’s unique combination of breath-taking photographs, fun biology lessons, personal stories, and humor has helped hundreds of thousands of birders worldwide to improve their bird identification skills. Discover new opportunities for nature exploration.

Turkey Call Workshop: Slate Calls

Feb. 21 • Saturday • 8 a.m.–noon, Ozark Region, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, Rt. 1 Box 1998, Winona, MO 65588 Registration required, call 573-325-1381 Ages 12 and older Learn to make your own slate turkey call.

Also in this issue

Memory Catchers

Nature journals bring treasured outdoor memories to life.

Rabbit Hunting

The Thrill of Hunting Cottontails

There is no better way to spend a cool, crisp winter day than chasing bunnies.

Join the Fight Against Feral Hogs

Southeast Missouri landowners advocate constant vigilance, hard work, and cooperation.

Coyote

2015 Regulations Update

The following is a summary of key changes to the Wildlife Code for 2015.

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This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer/Editor - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler