Get Outside

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From Missouri Conservationist: July 2017
  • What’s the Word Hummingbird? Look for Hummingbirds around your feeders and flowers. Whether they’re feeding from a nectar feeder or from flowers in your garden, it’s hard to find a bird more delightful to watch.
  • Berry Sweet — Blackberries are ripening by July 1. Go out and find enough to make a pie or eat on top of your favorite ice cream. Summer never tasted so sweet!
  • Sound of Summer — Listen for the song of the katydids. You may not see them, but you are sure to hear them from their perch high in the treetops. Missouri’s nighttime chorus of insect sounds has been likened to a symphony. If that’s the case, then katydids certainly perform some of the loudest solos during our hottest summer nights.
  • Kansas City Region: A Day at the Range — Saturday, July 22 • 12–6 p.m. Lake City Range 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner, MO 64016 For more information, call 816-249-3194 Bring your family to the range for a day of free shooting. Improve your skills at trap and/or skeet shooting, get your guns sighted in for the upcoming seasons, or dust off your bow and bring it out to the archery range. If you haven’t been to the range for a while, this is a great opportunity to come and join in the fun.
  • Southeast Region: Watering Wildlife: Concrete Birdbaths Saturday, July 22 • 1–3 p.m. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Registration required; call 573-290-5218 by July 21 Refresh your backyard wildlife by making a nature-inspired birdbath to take home. You will discover the many types of inhabitants that will be drawn to your backyard oasis. Adult supervision is required for ages 12–17.
  • Blazing Glory — Look for blazing star blooming along the roadsides and prairies. These violet colored flowers spruce up the Missouri landscape!

Natural Events to See This Month

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

  • Blackeyed Susans bloom
  • Squirrels bear summer litters
  • Goldfinches begin nesting as thistles go to seed.
  • Mink kits travel with their mothers along streams.
  • Wild black cherries and plums ripen.

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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