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From Missouri Conservationist: Nov 2010

What Is It?

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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 on the inside of this back cover.

Mallard Duck

mallard duck

On the back cover and right is a male mallard duck by Noppadol Paothong. Females are a mottled brown. Found throughout North America and Eurasia, this large dabbling duck (ducks that feed by tipping upside down to forage in shallow waters) is the ancestor of all domestic ducks except the muscovy. Though they breed in the spring, mallards begin courting in the fall and pairs remain together throughout the winter. For information on waterfowl seasons and regulations, visit

This Issue's Staff

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
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