By |
From Missouri Conservationist: September 2019

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

Memory Lane

Great cover on your August magazine. I spent my entire work life with the U.S. Forest Service, and it brought back many fond memories. I can’t seem to put the issue down.

Jerry Sutherland, Springfield

Praise for Opossums

I loved the great article in your August edition on opossums, and more importantly, I needed to read it [Awesome Opossums]. I always viewed opossums as nuisance pests, which showed my ignorance about them. Not any longer! They are a respectable member of our environment and can visit my spot in the world any time they want to. Thanks for the lesson.

Kevin Ord, Farmington

Thank you for your wonderful article on opossums. I wish people weren’t so prejudiced against these fascinating creatures just because they aren’t cute. And now I will be armed with lots of interesting facts the next time I meet an opossum hater. The photos were perfect! Thanks for taking the space in the magazine. It was well worth it.

Lisa Tessier via email

Thank you for the great article about opossums. These are some amazing critters, and personally, I think they are pretty cute. I had no idea they were marsupials or that they took care of so many ticks in Missouri. I will be sure to make our backyard opossum-friendly.

Jasmine Barker Springfield

Loyal Reader

We are so lucky to have such an excellent magazine with world class photographers. I’m not very outdoorsy, but I read every month, cover to cover.

Lou Kirby via Facebook

Art of the Spider

I really enjoyed the picture of the spined micrathena web that was in the July issue of the Missouri Conservationist [Ask MDC]. The picture brought back a memory. I think it was about 1998, when my dad (age 95) and I were down at our cabin in Lakeview Heights I was finishing up in the kitchen. Daddy had gone down to get the boat ready for us to go out and fish. I walked out the back door and there before my eyes was the most beautiful spider web I had ever seen. I was dazzled by its beauty. It was about 7:30, the sun was reflecting through the web, and the dew reflected a rainbow of color. It was dazzling, to say the least. I had never, and still haven’t, seen such a beautiful web. I shall never forget that beautiful artistry.

Donna Wieligman via email

Connect with us!

  • /moconservation
  • @moconservation
  • @MDC_online

Conservation Headquarters

573-751-4115 | PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO

Regional Offices

  • Southeast/Cape Girardeau: 573-290-5730
  • Central/Columbia: 573-815-7900
  • Kansas City: 816-622-0900
  • Northeast/Kirksville: 660-785-2420
  • Southwest/Springfield: 417-895-6880
  • Northwest/St. Joseph: 816-271-3100
  • St. Louis: 636-441-4554 Ozark/West Plains: 417-256-7161

Have a Question for a Commissioner?

Send a note using our online contact form at

This Issue's Staff

Magazine Manager - Stephanie Thurber

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld

Associate Editor - Larry Archer

Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek

Art Director - Cliff White

Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter

Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner

Circulation - Laura Scheuler