Onondaga Cave State Park offers hosts hummingbird banding event July 6

Join researcher Lanny Chambers at Onondaga State Park as he captures, bands and studies ruby-throated hummingbirds during at a banding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 6 at the park’s visitor center. Reservations are not required.

Using hog manure for an improving environment

    Hog manure and an improving environment are seldom, if ever, used in the same sentence. I was honored last week to be a media guest of Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC at their north Missouri hog farm where they are successfully producing renewable natural gas from hog mature.

Having a run-in with a cardinal from Hades

    I hate to do this, but I am going to have to go out there and shoot one of my prettiest male cardinals. He has gone mad! I haven’t killed a songbird since I was 12, and I protested at the Melba theatre as a teenager when that movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” came out. I am an avid bird lover. I particularly love pheasant in a crock-pot and grilled mallard. But not cardinals, for cryin’ out loud.

Grant Will Create ‘Pollinators’ Paradise’ 
at Maramec Spring Park

• Investment will transform 150-acres of hayfields into a habitat for monarch butterflies, become model for pollinator conservation efforts in Missouri

    Maramec Spring Park will soon become a haven for monarch butterflies, bees, and other pollinators in decline, as nearly 150 acres of park land are transformed into a massive pollinator habitat, thanks, in part, to a $20,000 grant announced on June 13.

Respect, not fear, is best when it comes to snake encounters

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) naturalists say snakes have a vital role in the wild and have tips to share on how to avoid negative snake encounters. Protective footwear, being aware of the surroundings and learning to identify snake species are the first steps toward protecting yourself as well as resident snakes.