Resuming Her Loveliness

By MDC | March 1, 2023
From Missouri Conservationist: March 2023
Eastern tiger swallowtail
Resuming Her Loveliness

The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. —Harriet Ann Jacobs.

March 20 marks the spring — or vernal — equinox in North America. It is the first official day of spring, which signals longer days ahead. But it is so much more than that.

Missouri outdoors is waking up from its long winter slumber and alive with activity. Trees are budding. Wildflowers are in bloom and the hub of commotion from visiting bees and butterflies. Birds are merrily chirping as they nest and feed their young. Frogs are calling from nearby ponds. Water that once stood still in blocks of ice now flow freely, teeming with fish ready to catch.

The next few pages will showcase the beauty that awaits us this spring in the Show-Me State. It’s a time of change, a time of renewal and rebirth. The sights and sounds are as wonderful as the aromatic fragrances from the blooming flowers and trees. Get out and discover it!

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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 - Laura Scheuler