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From Missouri Conservationist: July 2017

Letters to the Editor

Submissions reflect readers’ opinions and may be edited for length and clarity. Email or write to us: Missouri Conservationist, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102

For the Love of Nature

We moved to Missouri 10 months ago and picked up a copy of the magazine at a doctor’s office. It is a joy to read every month, even though we aren’t hunters, fishers, or botanists. It has sparked an old flame to watch and record bird species on our acreage. Thank you for your beautifully written and exquisitely pictured read!

Marcy Wenberg Brashear

My daughter went out today to throw away a box and found three garter snakes in a breeding ball on some old fencing we had folded up for disposal. It was cool to see up close. Thank you, MDC, for inspiring a love of nature!

Cristy Morgan Adams Sparta

Natural Education

I would like to thank everyone at MDC for allowing me to enjoy our beautiful state as a handicapped hunter and fisherman. We enjoy the best conservation department in the USA. Thank you for this publication to teach us how to use the resources, even when physically challenged.

Richard Brown Oak Grove

Thank you for your monthly column on the various animals of Missouri.

I am a reading specialist at Bristol Elementary in the Webster Groves School District in St. Louis. This year, I have been using some of the articles you have written on Missouri animals to teach vocabulary and paragraph formation to some of the fifth-grade students with whom I work. The detailed content of your articles and beautiful close-up photographs keep my students engaged, while growing their knowledge of the natural world.

Anita Schneider Webster Groves

My family and I have lived in Missouri for about a year now, and we love everything about this magazine. The articles are educational without being boring and have introduced us to some wonderful places in our new home. We have taken advantage of the classes and activities for families in every issue. They have taken us on adventures in every direction of the state and given us memories with our children we won’t soon forget. Thank you for putting out an amazing publication and for allowing the public to take advantage of the best conservation department I have ever seen!

Amanda Hatridge Belleview

A Fish Tale

Thanks to careful management and stocking of trout in the rivers outside the parks, I was able to land my first brown trout recently after seven years. About 20 minutes after arriving at the water, I hooked into what felt like a great fish. After a few minutes of him staying deep and making big runs all over the river, I brought him to the net and was pleasantly surprised with a beautiful, healthy 18- inch brown! I then caught two more browns in the same pool with the same fly, and ended the day with a powerful 19.5-inch rainbow. Just wanted to share the story and give you a quick thanks for all the careful management you do to help us enjoy these beautiful fish.

Zach Davis via Facebook

What a Photo!

The photo of the agent assisting the girl in the tracked wheelchair is so precious.
The joy the agent has in her career, and the girl’s laughter is a smile generator for sure. The dangling fish is a bonus.

Randall Waring O’Fallon

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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