From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
March 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.

Primitive Hunting

March 7 • Saturday • 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Central Region, Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center, 3500 East Gans Road, Columbia, MO 65201 Registration required, call Brian Flowers at 573-815-7901, ext. 3388 Ages 11 and older Learn about the unique tools and hunting methods that early Missourians used. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the University of Missouri’s Grayson Archery Collection.

Native Plants for Homeowners Workshop

March 7 • Saturday • 9:30–11 a.m. St. Louis Region, Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, MO 63038 Registration required, beginning Feb. 20. Call 636-458-2236 Adults Naturally resilient native grasses, sedges, flowers, shrubs, vines, and trees are great for home landscaping. Solve common gardening problems and attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds.

It’s Purple Martin Time

March 14 • Saturday • 9:30–11 a.m., St. Louis Region, August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Hwy. D, St. Charles, MO 63304 Registration required, beginning Feb. 27. Call 636-441-4554 Ages 14 and older Ready to welcome purple martins back from South America? Learn how you can help conserve these beautiful insect-eating and cavity-dwelling swallows native to Missouri.

Native Plant Seminar

March 14 • Saturday • 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Registration required, beginning Feb. 3. Call 573-290-5218 Ages 16 and older Conservation Department and the Cape Girardeau County Master Gardeners host the 10th annual native plant seminar. Call the nature center about session times and guest speakers.

Women’s Hike at Hickory Canyons and Pickle Springs

March 21 • Saturday • 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Registration required, beginning March 3. Call 573-290-5218 Women (including ages 14–17 accompanied by an adult female) A naturalist will lead you on the trails at these two beautiful natural areas. Waterfalls, hoodoos, and interesting plants are the stars of these two locations. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate.

Native Plant Sale

Saturday • March 28 • 10 a.m.–2 p.m Central Region, Runge Conservation Nature Center, Hwy 179, Jefferson City, MO 65102 No registration required All ages Native Missouri plants will be on sale through a variety of Missouri vendors. There will be native plant activities and resources available to help you with landscaping.

Discover Nature — Beginning Turkey Hunting

March 28 • Saturday • 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Southwest Region, Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 4897 N. Farm Road 61, Ash Grove, MO 65604 Registration required by March 27. Call 417-742-4361 All ages, families (15 and younger accompanied by adult) Spring turkey hunting offers some of the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding hunts in Missouri! Join us to sharpen your skills, learn new techniques, and gain confidence.

Discover Nature — Beginning Turkey Hunting

April 1 • Wednesay • 6–9 p.m. Southwest Region, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Drive, Joplin, MO 64804 Registration required by March 30. Call 417-629-3423 All ages, families (15 and younger accompanied by adult) Spring turkey hunting offers some of the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding hunts in Missouri! Join us to sharpen your skills, learn new techniques, and gain confidence.

Also in this issue

Forest Park in St. Louis

Trees Work for Wildlife and People

Education program helps Missourians value — and promote — the many benefits of trees and forests

Libby Schwartz and her husband Charles

Committed to Conservation

Women continue to shape the future of conservation in Missouri.

Tom Turkey

Taming Turkey Talk

To bag your bird, it helps to understand turkey communication.

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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