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

Letters to the Editor

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Missouri Conservationist
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Two Paws Up

Here is Quinn, my rescued foster dog, taking her reading material to bed.

Amy Morris, Strafford

Bird of a Lifetime

For years, I have fed birds in hopes of seeing a special one. Recently, that dream was fulfilled. I saw a flash of red outside my window. When I looked out, there was the bird of my dreams — a pileated woodpecker in my maple tree!

What’s so special? I’m 84-years-old, and my parents had a cabin in Arkansas on Bull Shoals Lake. I had heard the woodpecker, but never did see it.

I enjoy the magazine so much. I have taken it for years. Thank you.

Rita Lentz, Nevada

Birds and Dogs and Bears — Oh My

The little blue heron on the front cover of the May issue was so cute!

The story of Sara Parker Pauley and the dog she lost was so sad and touching [Up Front, Page 3]. I had a squirrel dog that was so special it brought back memories of him. He was the best squirrel dog I ever had.

And that black bear — wow he’s big [In Brief, Page 5]! I have seen two young bears on my morning walks, but hope I never meet one that big! Thank you for your beautiful magazine each month.

Effie Buttrey, Bell City

Thank You from a Budding Artist

My son wanted to say thank you for giving him a free magazine every month. He is 6 years old and autistic and enjoys it so much he drew the front cover.

Erica Wright, via email

From a Longtime Reader

I have received the magazine since I was a teenager, and I am now 80 years old. It has been a wonderful magazine over the years. The photography and the articles are great. I especially like the recent article on poison ivy [Poison Ivy, June, Page 10] and fishing spots in Missouri [Your Summer Highlight Reel, June, Page 22]. Keep up the great work.

Jerry Courtney, Bolivar

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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