From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
March 2018 Issue

Get Outside

Southeast Region: Native Plant Seminar

Saturday, March 10 • 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Registration required, call 573-290-5218 for information Ages 14 and older

Workshop will include information on naturescaping, propagating native plants, creating a wildlife habitat, and the importance of pollinators. Gardeners and property owners alike will learn how to create a better habitat for wildlife.

Nature’s Drumline

Pileated woodpeckers will be working on their drum solos this month as they hammer away at nearby trees, establishing territories.

Take A Hike

March is the perfect time to walk along your favorite trail and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. Visit mdc.mo.gov/field-guide before you head out to learn more about the flowers, trees, and animals you’ll discover along the way.

Turtle Power

With the warmer weather, turtles become active in late March. Watch for them as you become more active, too.

Downy Baby Eagles

Keep your eyes trained on those huge bald eagle nests perched high in the treetops. There, you might catch a glimpse of bald eagle chicks as they begin to hatch.

Nest Sweet Nest

Time to put up nest boxes. This time of year, bluebirds, purple martins, and bats are in search of places to call home.

St. Louis Region Wildlife: Timberdoodles and Spring Peepers

Saturday, March 17 • 6–9:30 p.m. August A. Busch Conservation Area 2360 Hwy D, St. Charles, MO 63304 Registration required, call 636-441-4554 by March 16 All ages.

Witness a nature show that belongs to one of the strangest members of the bird world, the timberdoodle. Also look and listen for one of the loudest singers of the amphibian world, the spring peeper.

Sight In for Turkey Season

Don’t wait! Now is the time to head to one of MDC’s five shooting range and outdoor education centers to sharpen your skills and sight in your scope for spring turkey season.

  • Andy Dalton — Ash Grove mdc.mo.gov/andydalton
  • Lake City — Buckner mdc.mo.gov/lakecity
  • Jay Henges — High Ridge mdc.mo.gov/hengesrange
  • Parma Woods — Parkville mdc.mo.gov/parmawoods
  • August A. Busch — Weldon Spring mdc.mo.gov/buschrange

Not a turkey hunter, but want to learn? Our staff of specialists can help you master firearms and archery, wildlife identification, and many other outdoor skills. Visit mdc.mo.gov/shootingranges to learn more.

Natural Events to See This Month

Here’s what’s going on in the natural world.

  • Ducks and geese migrate through mid-April
  • Harbinger of spring is blooming
  • Barred owls are nesting
  • Ticks appear
  • Zebra swallowtail butterflies fly in woodlands

Also in this issue

A baby deer curls up in the grass

The Kindest Care

Focus your love for wildlife on improving habitat and preventing conflicts.

A family stands on a walkway at a nature center.

Nature Staycations

MDC’s regional media specialists share their top picks for getting into nature without going far away.

The agent class of 2017.

The Best Woman for the Job

MDC seeks qualified women to serve as agents.
 

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This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld

Associate Editor - Bonnie Chasteen

Staff Writer - Larry Archer
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek

Creative Director - Stephanie Thurber

Art Director - Cliff White

Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter

Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner

Circulation - Laura Scheuler