Missouri State Parks kicks off the swimming recreational season during Memorial Day weekend

Missouri state park beaches open for the season on Friday, May 28. Missouri State Parks offers 18 designated swimming beaches to cool off and enjoy time with family and friends during the 2021 recreational season, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The woodpecker and the walleye

By Larry Dablemont
    Rain crows came back to Lightning Ridge last week, and now the spring ensemble of birds is complete. There are a lot of species to see now, and an individual of one common species, acts way out of character. A red-bellied woodpecker has been drinking sugar water from the oriole feeder and seems to really love the grape jelly we have out for the colorful orioles. I think it is just one individual, and he has taken a liking to sweet stuff. If you have seen any woodpeckers do the same thing, let me know.

Practicing safety and first aid in the outdoors

By Bill Cooper
    Summer is here and people will be flocking to the outdoors in droves, just as they did in 2020 with COVID-19 related work layoffs. With the upswing in outdoor activities participation comes an increase in the numbers of accidents and injuries in the outdoors. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Being prepared for basic first aid treatments while in the outdoors can save a trip or save a life.

Enjoy Prairie Field trips on National Prairie Day on June 5

Prairie is a defining landscape of the United States. From the prairies of the Great Plains and Midwest to the glades, coastal grasslands, and other related communities throughout the country, grasslands have benefited Americans in countless ways.

Small creek can pay big dividends

By Larry Dablemont
    It isn’t much of a creek in the summer, but miles above where it flows into an Ozark lake, you can find it bank full in the spring. There are lots of those kinds of creeks in the Ozarks. They don’t have spectacular bluffs but there are rocky outcroppings along the deep-water sides and out from those there are some deep holes even in the dry season.