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From Missouri Conservationist: Feb 2010

What is it?

Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder. The answer is revealed below.


On the back cover and right is an opossum by Noppadol Paothong. It is a unique Missouri mammal because it is our only representative of a group of primitive mammals called marsupials, or pouched mammals, that live mostly in Australia. The females of this group typically have a prominent pouch on the belly where the young are carried and nourished for a time after their birth. In Missouri, the breeding season begins about the first of February. To learn more about opossums, visit the link listed below.

This Issue's Staff

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Writer/Editor - Tom Cwynar
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler