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From Missouri Conservationist: August 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


Loved the article on monarchs last year [The Butterfly Effect, September] and now a great one on swallowtails [Black Swallowtail Butterflies, June].

Carole Hanvey via email

Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Just wanted to let you know that the June issue was great. The article on black swallowtail butterflies was very interesting. I liked it a lot. And keep up the good work with turtles. Always point them where they are heading when crossing the road.

Margaret Brill via email

Fantastic article on black swallowtails. We immediately checked our swamp milkweed and found we had both swallowtail and monarch caterpillars. The picture in the article helped our kids decipher between the two. While looking, we were visited by a zebra swallowtail. Thanks for encouraging us to get outside!

Sonny Catlett, Kansas City

Pie and Butterflies

I wanted to thank you for the recipe for gooseberry blueberry crumble in your magazine [June]. My 96-year-old mom, who still lives on the farm, made it for a family gathering and it was a hit. You are never too old to try something new.

We also very much appreciated your article on the swallowtail butterflies [Page 10] since we have always (wrongly) thought we had monarch worms on mom’s parsley.

Dawn Frierdich St. Louis


Loved the article about atlatls [Throwing a Stick with a Stick, June, Page 22]. It was informative and interesting. I had heard the term before but didn’t really know what it was until I read the article. Thanks for explaining it so well. I’m glad something that’s been around for centuries is still being recognized and used and that young people are also embracing it.

Diana West via email

Conservation in Missouri

Thanks for the updates you send me via email. I love reading about the record fish caught, the recent archer awards, bears, feral pigs, deer, anything youth-related, etc. I also enjoy the Conservationist and my granddaughter enjoys the education publications/programs and Xplor. (She has the Snakes and Toads and Frogs booklets right now.) My kids also did the Conservation Seeds and Charlie the Chipmunk programs when they were young. The past couple years I’ve also had occasion to work with a couple of conservation agents; great experiences! I don’t know much about the conservation agencies in other states, but I think Missouri has great vision and opportunities and really cares about its mission. Good stuff!

Camilla Marble, Jackson

Wanted to join with other Missouri Conservationist readers to compliment youon your outstanding magazine. The articlesare informative and enjoyable, and thebreathtaking photography is second to none!Keep up the great work.

Steve Brown, Washington

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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