From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
July 2018 Issue

Get Outside

Feeding Frenzy

Watch for young hummingbirds at feeders. Do you have nectar ready?

St. Louis Region

Archery — Basics

Saturday, July 14 • 12–2 p.m. Rockwoods Reservation 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, MO Reservation required. Call 636-458-2236 by July 13 Ages 10 and older.

Archery is the skill of using a bow to propel arrows. Nearly everyone — regardless of age, size, or physical ability — can succeed at archery. Join naturalist staff to learn the basics of this fun and challenging sport and get a chance at real target shooting.

Katy Did! Katy Didn’t!

That’s what the katydids’ mating call sounds like. Listen for it from high in the treetops on hot summer nights.

Walking in Spider Webs

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Speak softly and carry a big
stick; you will go far.” We would revise that to say walk with a big stick in Missouri’s woods in July and you will go far. Spiders build webs between trees at eye level. You’ll need the stick to clear the way!

Natural Events to See This Month

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

  • Rattlesnakes hunt at night
  • Young raccoons leave dens
  • Dragonflies lay eggs on ponds and streams

Southeast Region

Conservation Day Festival

Saturday, July 28 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 No registration required. Call 573-290-5218 for information. All ages.

Have you ever wondered what environmental scientists do every day? Then stop in at the nature center to explore our displays, booths, and demonstrations to learn more about amazing projects in your area. If you would like to try your hand at being a biologist, help us with our Bio Blitz by collecting sightings of plants and wildlife around the nature center grounds. We will also have games, crafts, and a photo booth set up for you to take your picture with Smokey Bear.

Nature’s Fireworks

Mark your calendar for July 28 and find a good spot to view the Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower. It peaks on that date.

In Bloom

Look for black-eyed Susans and blazing star blooms while you are out discovering nature.

Get Nature Your Way or On the Go

Get your free Missouri Conservationist at mdc.mo.gov/conservationist.

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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