Conservation Corner

Posted March 19, 2015 at 9:07 am

Last week, CBS’s Sunday Morning program aired an article about Monarch Butterflies, the most common butterfly in the western hemisphere.

In that article, National Geographic photographer, Joel Satore told of his plan to take 44 acres out of production on a farm he owns in Nebraska for what he calls “prairie patches”. One farmer told him it was a “WASTE” to leave money on the ground like that. He said if they only knew that the reason he did it was to create habitat for the Monarch Butterfly (and other species) they really would think he was crazy.

But he had gone to Mexico where Monarchs winter and was incredibly impressed with the whole scene. He vowed to do his share to help with the Monarch habitat in their summer home. Where corn and beans once grew he

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    Outdoor Memories

    As the cold ended and the sun broke out of the clouds, I took my boat and went fishing for bass in an old favorite spot. They were there, and hungry. On light tackle I caught smallmouth bass and Kentuckies up to two pounds or so, until I got tired of setting hooks and releasing fish.

    I couldn’t help but drift away into the past, remembering times when I fished that same spot with Uncle Norten, my dad and others. There were memories from one spot and

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    Farm Bureau’s Cut to the Chase

    by Stewart Truelsen

    A demographic study of farming and ranching in Wyoming forecasts there will be no operators under the age of 35 by the year 2033. The study in Rangelands, a publication of the Society for Range Management, found that the average age of farmers has increased in every county in Wyoming since 1920 and will reach 60 by the year 2050. Based on these results, the authors predict a bleak farming future for Wyoming and the rest of the country where trends are similar.

    Believe it

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    Conservation Corner

    Next Sunday, March 15, the Paddlefish season begins and as early as 12:01 a.m., the rivers will be full of boats with men, women and children trying to snag one of the largest and fastest growing freshwater fish in North America. The average adults range from 20-50 pounds, although historic reports list fish more than 200 pounds. The largest fish reported from Missouri is more than 130 pounds.

    Their lifespan is between 20 and 30 years living in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their larger tributaries and impoundments where they have

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    New MDC book explores history of Missouri rivers

    Learn through a new book from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) about Missouri’s rich river history and how clean flowing water in our rivers is vital to sustaining the lives of all Missourians. The 360-page Voices of Missouri’s Rivers by William Turner explores the natural and cultural history of Missouri’s rivers in vivid, full-color detail. Highlights of the book include the state’s river history, basic river science, and a glimpse of the future of river conservation.

    Turner writes, “The stories of

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    An excellent job?

    Someone sent me editorials from both of the two largest Ozark newspapers castigating legislators who are trying to pass legislation restricting the heretofore unstoppable spending by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Both editorials say the department is “doing an excellent job”.

    Keep in mind that such editorials are written by people who sit in offices and never venture into the outdoors, never see a wildlife conservation area the MDC manages.

    So I just want to invite them, any or all

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    A cardinal in the snow


    It snowed eight inches up here on Lightnin’ Ridge last weekend. This is supposedly the highest point in the county, and it seems like we always get an inch or two more here on this timbered ridge than the weather people predict.

    It was only about 20 degrees that morning after the snow ended, so I put on some boots and my duck-huntin’ coat and went out to survey the beauty of it. But I couldn’t help but feel a little bit of a lift to hear cardinals

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    Conservation Corner

    Have you heard a curious sound in the woods and surrounding areas lately? A sound kind of like a raspy loud “peent” that is repeated several seconds apart? If so, you are hearing a “timberdoodle” – or American Woodcock as he begins his elaborate courtship which sometimes last for months.

    Woodcocks have an extremely long bill; round, plump body, short tail and legs; and large black eyes located high on the head. The back is dark, mottled with cinnamon and gray, and the underparts are buffy. They are most commonly seen at

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    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that angler John Burke of Crestwood set the first fishing record for 2015 with a 1-lb. 14-oz. gizzard shad measuring 17 inches caught by pole and line on Feb. 1 from Jefferson Lake in St. Louis. The previous pole-and-line record for gizzard shad was 1 lb. 6 oz. set in 2001.

    For more on state-record fish, visit the MDC website at

    Opening the door to an historic opportunity for MO agriculture

    Nearly 60 years have passed since the Cuban Missile Crisis, but many in our generation still remember vividly the events that brought our nation to the brink of nuclear war. Back then, restoring normal diplomatic relations with Cuba – let alone exchanging goods and services – was unthinkable.

    While there remain serious political, moral and ideological disagreements between our two nations, a lot has changed since 1962. The numbers speak for themselves.

    100,000 – The number of Americans who visit Cuba each year.


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