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From Missouri Conservationist: July 2018

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

A Learning Tool

Our household has been a longtime subscriber to the Missouri Conservationist. We all love it. We use it for school projects and reference it often when we explore nature.

Kristy Macko, Kansas City

Local Pond Management

I have been a reader for over half a century and have always enjoyed the magazine. I recently went to the MDC office in Hannibal for advice on pond weed control. Travis Moore, the fisheries biologist, spent a lot of time helping me identify the specific aquatic weed problem that I had and advised me on the proper, safe chemical to use to take care of the issue. I did as he suggested and my pond is now better than it has been for years. I want to thank MDC and specifically Travis Moore for his assistance and time. You folks are a credit to the state of Missouri.

Jim Frier, Ralls County

Love from Jersey

I had the pleasure of reading your most interesting and wonderfully written magazine from April 2018. I was totally taken by the letter sent via email by Ray Bozarth (Inbox), regarding The Eastern Screech-Owl article (February), sharing his summer memories feeding the owl with mice caught at his farmhouse some 40 years ago. What a summer that must have been! I know how exciting it is for me just hearing the owls in our area and if I should see one, what a blessing!

Keep up all of your fantastic work. I have two sons that subscribe to your magazine, one living in St. Louis, who introduced us to your magazine, and another living in town who shares your special magazine with me. I am a very fortunate reader. Thank you!

Ruth Peters, West Caldwell, NJ


I enjoyed the atlatl article in your June issue a bunch [Throwing a Stick With a Stick]. For all the curious archers out there, 100 miles per hour, the obtainable speed given for an atlatl in the article, converts to 146.7 feet per second. Not bad!

Larry Davis, Springfield

Monarch Migration in Mexico

Thanks to your informative article on the monarch butterfly migration in the September 2017 issue (The Butterfly Effect), I was able to encounter the phenomenal experience first-hand. My daughter arranged the excursion for a birthday present. We visited the El Rosario Reserve, and upon reaching the top of the mountain, was an incredible experience of nature. Thousands upon thousands of monarchs congregating on the oyamel fir trees and flying overhead like leaves floating through the sky.I want to thank Mexico for sharing their hospitality to monarchs. I hope this will also encourage people to plant milkweed, so future generations can experience this.

Rhonda Reise, Hillsboro

Additional Information

In the May issue [Eating Close to Home], MDC Education Specialist James Worley is filleting a buffalofish. The fish beside him, which wasn’t identified in the caption, is a common carp. To learn more about these fish species, visit our field guide online at —the editors

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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