By MDC | June 1, 2022
From Missouri Conservationist: June 2022

Letters to the Editor

Submissions reflect readers’ opinions and may be edited for length and clarity. Email or write to us:

Missouri Conservationist
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Black Widow

I really enjoyed Black Widow [March, Page 16]. For such an iconic spider, I learned how little I knew, especially that we have two species and the differences between males and females. Thank you for an informative and intriguing article.

August Herries, via email

Benefits of Nature

I found the April issue particularly interesting from the start. The benefits of doing things outdoors have many benefits as you stated and is the perfect environment for kids and adults alike. Nothing beats a day in the woods just to connect with the beauty of God’s creation and to get away from the distraction of electronic devices — something we all need these days. Keep up the good work.

Doug Scheidegger, via email

Enjoying Conservation

The Missouri Conservationist has blossomed in the past months, and I want you to know how much I am enjoying it. So many informative articles about animals, plants, or trees and telling us how to study and enjoy them.

I love seeing the photos taken by my neighbor, Noppadol Paothong, too.

Laura Wells, Columbia

Missouri Conservationist’s string of recent monthly issues that promote the well-being of nature, birds, plants, and wildlife in Missouri has not gone unnoticed. The magazine, in focusing on educating readers on the protection of species, species’ habitats, and behaviors, and all of the positives that nature has to offer, does a tremendous service for genuine conservation and the residents of this state. It is also noted that the appointment of Margy Eckelkamp as a Missouri conservation commissioner has made a marked improvement in moving Missouri forward to a more contemporary perspective on all things conservation.

Bradley Sinclair, Wildwood

For the Love of Snakes

A few weeks ago, my son spotted a black snake (western ratsnake), sunning on our deck. I was raised to kill all snakes, but I know these guys aren’t a threat. My son suggested we relocate him to the subdivision lake. We did, and we’ve seen him a few times, not far from where we dropped him off. It’s almost like he comes out to greet us.

Brandon Baker, St. Charles

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This Issue's Staff

Magazine Manager - Stephanie Thurber
Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld
Associate Editor - Larry Archer
Photography Editor - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek
Staff Writer – Dianne Van Dien
Designer - Shawn Carey
Designer - Marci Porter
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Circulation Manager - Laura Scheuler