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From Missouri Conservationist: Jan 2011

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.


Red-Winged Blackbird

On the back cover and right is a red-winged blackbird by Noppadol Paothong. A common permanent resident of Missouri, they forage for seeds and insects in marshes, moist grasslands, wet roadside ditches and borrow pits along highways. Often they are present in large flocks in crop fields in late summer and fall. During migration and in winter, they roost at night in cattails and other tall emergent marsh vegetation, or with other blackbirds in tree roosts that may include millions of individuals.

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