Up Front with Sara Parker Pauley

By Sara Parker Pauley | January 1, 2023
From Missouri Conservationist: January 2023

How fitting that the month of January is named for the Roman god Janus, god of beginnings and endings, who is usually depicted with two faces — one looking back to the past and the other looking forward to the future. It is fitting because this time of year lends itself to reflection of our past — and also hope and preparation for all that lies ahead. Coined the “fresh start effect,” research suggests people are more likely to reflect and take action toward change when tied to a milestone, such as New Year’s Day. Real action is even more likely to occur if supported by others.

In this issue, as with each January issue, we present you with the Annual Review — a reflection of the myriad of conservation work the department, along with our many partners, accomplished in the previous fiscal year. From research on wild turkeys to restoration efforts of the brown-headed nuthatch; from our work with landowners to that with schools and communities across our state, you’ll get a glimpse into MDC’s efforts to take care of nature, connect people with nature, and maintain the public trust (Pages 11–27).

But with this issue, we also turn now to all that lies ahead for conservation. Writer Annie Dillard noted, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” So, in this New Year, let us recommit our days to doing the important work of conservation together, for the benefit of all Missourians.

Sara Parker Pauley, Director



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