Agriculture

What is the second most common duck in North America, behind the Mallard? If you answered. “Blue-winged Teal” you were correct. The population of these birds has remained stable over the last 40 years. By stable, the literature means they fluctuate between a continental population of between 3 to 7...
It still feels like summer outside but the back to school rush is on and football is just around the corner. The Yellow flowers of early fall are just beginning to show along the roadsides and prairie remnants. One of the stars of late summer stands out each year because it “never slouches” and is...
It’s not quite a reality but if the plan approved by the Conservation Commission at their June meeting stays on track, Missourians could be placing their name in a drawing for the first ever Elk Season in Missouri in 2020. According to MDC Elk Biologist Aaron Hildreth who presented the elk-hunting...
It’s been a wet six  weeks here in the mid-west and turtles of all kinds have been on the move. Contrary to what you sometimes hear, the unusual amount of rain probably doesn’t have much to do with the appearance of these armored reptiles on the roadways.  The common Snapping Turtle mates from...
      Remember that time you were hiking along in the spring and the musical spring song of a woodpecker caught your ear? Well if you don't have a recollection of that, it’s because Woodpeckers, unlike most other birds, don't sing to mark their territories. Unlike other songbirds, woodpeckers do...
Last spring, I wrote about seeing a Logger Head Shrike on a pasture and CRP property in DeKalb County. It had been a while since I’d seen one and I knew they were in decline. Since I wrote last week’s article, I have seen another one. This setting was pretty unique. I have had lots of birds all...
  The Eastern Puma (Puma concolor couguar) has been officially declared extinct. The majestic large cats historically roamed every state east of the Mississippi River.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service declared the animals extinct early last year, removing the Eastern puma from the list of...
      Over the past two weeks we have talked about coyotes and the attempt to control their numbers through the years. Bounties, government trappers, and other attempts to reduce the coyote populations all have been tried and not produced satisfactory results.     During the fur boom of the early...
    Last time we covered the period in Missouri where bounties were paid on coyotes. After several years of research by the Department of Conservation that had been formed in 1936, the Missouri legislature decided to stop appropriating money to Missouri’s counties to pay coyote bounties. The goal...
Last week we talked about what a great time it is to be in the woods hunting squirrels. Archery hunting is heating up as well, and we can't forget that the fall firearms turkey season is open until the 31st.    Originally, the fall gun season for turkeys was set at two weeks in length. Several...

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