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From Missouri Conservationist: January 2020

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

Birds of Prey

Wonderful, page after page of amazing pictures and great closeups [November]. Thank you! I couldn’t have enjoyed it more, and I will keep this month’s issue to look at many times.

M. Hardie, St. Louis

More Praise for Birds of Prey

I received my November copy of the Missouri Conservationist, and I enjoyed reading St. Louis: Where Birds of Prey Abound. I had no idea St. Louis was a stopping point for so many beautiful raptors. I will be sure to look for them! Thank you for your conservation efforts in Missouri.

Jan Edmondson, Wentzville

As a Missourian from Mokane, raised on fishing and hunting and then departing for a life in the Navy and elsewhere, I have followed the Missouri Conservationist vicariously through my parents. I have followed Danny Brown and Noppadol Paothong’s work in your magazine for years. They both do spectacular work, and Danny’s shots in the Birds of Prey article in the November issue blew me away. Their work is what gets photographers out at all hours and all kinds of weather to show everyone the wonders of nature.

James Davis via email

We are All Conservation

I love how your magazine introduces us to people who truly live the conservation lifestyle in We Are Conservation. God bless them! I live in a suburban area, but it’s amazing how I can do small things that help Missouri retain its native fauna/flora species.

Kathleen Albin via email

Beaver Problem

I would like to give a big thank you to conservation staff, Todd Meese and Joe DeBold, for taking care of a problem I had with beaver in my lake. They were top notch and helped me out so much. I have learned a lot about beavers and how destructive they can be from Todd and Joe since this issue started. I greatly appreciate their assistance and the time they took working with me.

Bob Austin, Lincoln

Spider Fan

I was saddened by the negative comments about the October 2019 issue cover. For me, the cover was fascinating, and my young children and I purposefully went out to find wolf spiders that week, enjoying the newfound knowledge we had read in your magazine [Little Wolves of Missouri]. I smile when a big wolf spider crawls across the path on my homestead. I know they are helping keep down the population of critters that would otherwise try to decimate my garden. And frankly, they are beautiful.

Wren Everett via email

Career Goals

I have been reading the Missouri Conservationist for over 50 years. It was partially responsible for my choice of professions.

My father ran a small newspaper, Richland Mirror, and received a copy of the Conservationist. He brought it home to me each month. I read and enjoyed it tremendously, and it caused me to get interested in wildlife conservation. I received three degrees in biology at the University of Missouri, taught biology at two universities, and joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where I managed research centers for the Interior Department and the wildlife research work of several universities.

Now I am retired, and I still read the Conservationist and enjoy it the same as always! Congrats on such a high-quality publication.

Dr. W. Reid Goforth via email

Thanks for the Info

I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your magazine, especially the format. It has been very informative for me.

Bosco Westrich via email

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Also In This Issue

Green Roof
We protect and manage Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife, so you can enjoy healthy and sustainable resources now and in the future.

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