To follow up on last week’s column I think someone somewhere had better begin to think about finding ways to raise whippoorwill fledglings in a captive environment for release into the wild. That may be the answer in the wake of constantly increasing numbers of woodland predators that eat the bird’s eggs. As I pointed out last week, birds which nest in woodlands face problems from opossums, skunks, armadillos, black snakes, weasels and raccoons.
GoWild is one of the hottest outdoor phone apps on the market. Brad Luttrell, of Louisville, Kentucky is the brainchild of the rapidly growing business. Luttrell and his nine-member staff traveled to the Missouri Ozarks recently for an action packed few days of brainstorming at a work retreat, paddling the Current River in the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways enjoying fly fishing lessons from renowned fly angler Mark VanPatten and dining on fine meals from the Gravel Bar Gourmet.
The Onondaga Friends Association will partner with area grottoes to host geology tours of Onondaga Cave, Saturday, Oct. 26. These first-come, first-served cave tours will leave every half-hour from the visitor center. The first tour begins promptly at 5 p.m. and the last tour will depart at 9 p.m. This lively and exciting event is geared towards an adult audience, but everyone is welcome.
Wild turkey season opened a few days ago and I shot 6 gobblers with a camera...three were jakes, I think. I would urge hunters not to kill wild turkeys this fall, especially gobblers. Wild toms are down in much of the Ozarks, perhaps 50 to 60 percent in the past seven years. Most real outdoorsmen know that.
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Conservation Commission recognizes Missourians who make outstanding contributions to conservation and is seeking nominations by Dec. 9 for its Master Conservationist Award and the Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame.