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From Missouri Conservationist: Feb 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.

Mink Tracks

On the back cover are mink tracks and right is a mink by Noppadol Paothong. Minks need permanent water and prefer woods nearby. Mostly nocturnal, they don’t hibernate in winter and aren’t social except when the young are being raised. Breeding begins in late February and lasts until early April. Minks prey on small animals, helping to keep those populations in check, while becoming prey themselves to other predators from great horned owls to coyotes. To learn more, 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