Outdoors

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.

Fishing between the high-water events

    Continued rains over the course of spring and early summer have brought record high water levels across the nation. The Ozarks have seen their share of flood waters as well. Despite the extended high water conditions, many area fishermen have managed to do well in between the high water events.

Outdoors Night at Busch Stadium encourages folks to get outside and explore nature

The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) are partnering together to sponsor Outdoors Night at Busch Stadium Monday, June 17 as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Miami Marlins at 7:15 p.m. With the purchase of this special theme ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals fishing shirt, plus a portion of each ticket supports outdoor programs.