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From Missouri Conservationist: September 2017

Going Nuts

Black walnuts, hickory nuts, and pecans are ripe and ready to gather. Find recipes for your bounty at

The Colors of Fall

Fall is upon us, which means the leaves will be turning. Look for fall colors on your favorite trees, including sassafras, sumac, black gum, and dogwood.

Kansas City Region

Field to Fork: Squirrel and Panfish

Tuesday, Sept. 19 • 6:30–8:30 p.m. Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110 Registration required; call 816-759-7300 by Sept. 14

Bushytails, bass, and bluegill will be on the menu with dishes prepared by Chef Katee McLean of Krokstrom Clubb and Market and Chef Travis Meeks of Kearney Culinary Academy. Learn how to skin a squirrel and fillet a fish to take advantage of some of the most common game in Missouri.

St. Louis Region

Firearm Care and Cleaning

Thursday, Sept. 28 • 6–9 p.m. Jay Henges Shooting Range 1100 Antire Road, High Ridge, MO 63049 Registration required; call 636-938-9548 by Sept. 27

After the hunt or a day at the range, you’ll need to know how to properly clean your firearm. Join our experts as they go over the cleaning and care techniques of different types of firearms. You will learn what equipment and materials are needed to keep your firearm in top condition. Ages 11–15 must be accompanied by an adult.

We Have a Visitor!

Head to your nearest wetland toward the end of the month and through mid-October to catch a glimpse of white pelicans as they migrate through the Show-Me State.

There’s a Fungus Among Us

Puffballs and other fall mushrooms are starting to appear. Grab your family and friends and go for a walk in the woods. You’re sure to find some native delicacies. But before you dine on your findings, make sure it’s edible. For more information, visit

Natural Events to See This Month

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

  • Sunflowers in bloom
  • Blue-winged teal migration at its peak
  • Pawpaw fruits ripen.
  • Squirrels bury acorns and nuts for winter
  • Tiger salamanders move to ponds in the rain.

Enjoy More Time Here

Ever have a lost or forgotten permit spoil your outdoor plans? Not anymore. MDC’s permits system lets you buy online, print your permit at home, and have it in hand immediately. You can even reprint the permit if you lose or damage it. Buy your permits online at

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