From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
November 2016 Issue

Discover Nature

6 Ideas for Family Fun

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

Who Howled?

Nov. 3 • Thursday • 6–8:30 p.m. Central Region, Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109 No registration required, call 573-526-5544 for more information All ages.

Join us to hear Department Wildlife Damage Biologist and Missouri wildlife expert Tom Meister and the Endangered Wolf Center’s carnivore biologist and Director of Animal Care and Conservation Regina Mossotti and Director of Education Ashley Reardon share fascinating information on the latest research, and findings on wolves.

Women’s Hike

Nov. 5 • Saturday • 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Registration required, call 573-290-5218 beginning Oct. 15 Ages 14 and older, 14–17 must be accompanied by an adult

Enjoy the crisp air on a 3-mile hike at General Watkins Conservation Area. We’ll see American beech mixed in among the trees along the ridge, and might even see a few other rare plants. The hike is rated as moderate. This program is for women only.

Tree Pruning Workshop

Nov. 15 • Tuesday • 6:30–8 p.m. Southwest Region, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W Riviera Dr., Joplin, MO 64804 Registration required, call 417-629-3423 Ages 16–adult

Properly guiding a young tree with pruning will help it develop a desirable shape and improve long-term health. Classes will cover basic tree biology, why to prune trees, and proper pruning techniques.

Turkeytrek Hike

Nov. 19 • Saturday • 1–3 p.m. St. Louis Region, Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, MO 63038 Reservations required, call 636-458-2236 beginning Nov. 4 through Nov. 17 All ages, families

Join us for an invigorating mid-November hike of the 2-mile Turkey Ridge Trail. As we progress along the trail, we will talk about the habitat, food, habits, and calls of wild turkeys, and if we are lucky, we may see one.

Nature’s Ornaments

Nov. 26 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Ozark Region, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, RT 1 Box 1998, Winona, MO 65588 Registration required, call 573-325-1381 All ages, families

Decorate your tree this year with ornaments made from natural objects gathered in Missouri’s forests.

Soaring Eagles

Nov. 26 • Saturday • 1–3 p.m. Kansas City Region, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015 No registration required All ages

Some bald eagles stay in Missouri year-round, but many more come into our area during the cold winter months to find food. Join us to learn more about this powerful force of nature.

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This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld
Art Director - Cliff White
Associate Editor - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler