MDC offers native plant expertise for home landscaping

Posted March 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

Spring is a planting season, a time when people plant trees, flowers and shrubs for beauty and shade. Creatures such as birds and butterflies benefit, too, when native species are chosen for planting. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers online and in-person help for people interested in using native plants in landscaping.

Butterflies and birds evolved with native wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Some insects feed or lay eggs on specific native species, such as certain trees or wildflowers. They help pollinate flowers. If the host plants are present, the insects thrive. Birds feed on insects. Some bird species utilize the fruit or seeds produced by native plants and trees. The health of native plant species, insects and birds are intertwined. A mix of native trees and wildflowers will not only produce shade and beauty, they will attract more birds and butterflies.

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    Jay Carter wins on Stockton

    Springfield angler Jay Carter took the win and Big Bass at the March 21 ABA tournament held on Stockton Lake. That win also put Carter in the lead for Division 126 Angler of the Year. His five fish tipped the scales at 15.62 lbs. His Big Bass was 5.18 lbs. Jerk-bait was the bait of choice for Carter, commenting the bite would have been better with a little wind.

    Second place went to 2014 D126 AOY Eric Craft of Erie, KS. His weight was

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    A Grand Surprise


    Fishing for smallmouth bass in a favorite spot on the river, I caught a little smallmouth with big sores on its body. Any broken spot in the scales on a fish can be a spot targeted by a fungus, and it usually will kill the fish in time. The sores I saw might have been the result of a gig back in the winter, or perhaps of a larger predator like an otter.

    Sometimes a great blue heron will stab at a fish and leave such wounds. Whatever

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    Conservation Corner

    It isn’t unusual to spot a Trumpeter Swan this time of year. You have to be in the right place at the right time but there are several that spend the winter here. The Elks Lake in Nevada is a favorite place for them, along with Canada Geese and sometimes a few other waterfowl. And on occasion, a lake north of El Dorado Springs hosts a pair with an offspring.

    They are a magnificent bird, the largest of all waterfowl in North America. They have a wingspan of nearly 8 feet. They

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    Fishermen taking spoonbill, crappie

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    Up until the weekend, most of what the snaggers had taken were the males. Fifty pounds was the biggest that we had weighed in or heard about.

    But over the weekend, the caught and 80 lb. and 81 lb. female. The caught the 80 pounder from the bank. I know they have been having good luck from the bank.

    Bobby said Saturday that fishermen were coming up here

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    First time snagger catches state-record spoonbill


    The first paddlefish snagging trip for Andy Belobraydic III will be one he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

    The 33-year-old Richwoods resident turned an already successful day on Table Rock Lake into an unforgettable one by snagging a state-record paddlefish Saturday, March 21, 2015. Belobraydic’s behemoth weighed 140 pounds, 9 ounces; breaking the old record of 139-4 caught in 2002 at Table Rock. The fish, which was caught on the James River arm of the lake in Stone County, measured 56 3⁄4 inches in length and had a girth of

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    The last bass

    It was early October of 2010, and the first falling leaves were floating along the river beside us. Uncle Norten and I had enjoyed a great day of fishing. The bass had been hitting, and I marveled at how well he could cast and fish at his age of 87.

    He had begun to have trouble remembering how to get to the river, but he had no trouble remembering how to fish a spinner-bait, or bounce a jig

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    Deer hunting, then and now

    I remember what deer hunting was like back when I was a boy. I am utterly amazed at how it has changed. Some very good hunters regularly visited Dad’s pool hall where I worked as a kid. Most of them were rural people who knew all about deer and how they moved. At that time in the mid-60′s I would estimate the Ozarks of southern Missouri had about 10 to 20 percent as many deer as we have today. In those times, if I remember right, the season was only a few days and

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    Fish biting at night

    Lake Stockton Report

    by Michael Weis

    Stockton State Park Marina

    A couple of guys brought in a lot of crappie the last couple of nights. They said they were using lights.

    The crappie were keepers, but not much bigger than keepers.

    We have a few crappie beds throughout this area.

    People have been bringing in a steady amount of catfish. They are using perch on trotlines and jugs. The cats run up to 10 lbs. a couple of blues but mainly flatheads.


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    Walleye bite in August in Canada

    It was hot last year, too, the first week of August.

    We wondered what the weather was like in Canada. Sondra Gray, who is the editor of the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal which I publish, loves to fish, and her husband, David, had a vacation coming up. Gas was high, about 2.59 a gallon, if I remember right, but a display company in Minneapolis had asked me to build an old time wooden johnboat about 10 feet long and they would pay my expenses for delivery. So

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Outdoors Archived

    Conservation Corner

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

    In that

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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

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