Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 12-22. Visit MDC’s Conservation Building from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to see live fish and learn about great ways to spend time in nature. Learn about and see displays of native plants that help butterflies and other important pollinators. Ask MDC staff conservation-related questions, get educational materials, and have fun!
By Bill Cooper
“Nature breeds curiosity; it helps to grow explorers rather than robots. It reminds us that we are part of something bigger. It grounds us, calms us.” - Ben Palmer-Fry
To mark this year’s biggest summer meteor shower, Elephant Rocks State Park staff invites the public to a rare after-dark event at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. The Perseid Meteor Shower is caused by particles released by the 109P/Swift-Tuttle Comet and can be seen with the naked eye. Park staff will be available to direct visitors to the best and safest areas to view the shower.
Hunting deer with firearms may be the most popular method, but it’s the bowhunters who get the most time and opportunity in the field. Missouri’s bowhunting season spans four months, from Sept. 15 to Nov. 12 and Nov. 24- Jan. 15, 2022. And much of this time the bowhunter can have the deer woods to themselves.
The iconic monarch butterfly is disappearing across North America. The Ozark Highlands are part of the critical central monarch flyway, as such, it is essential for all of us to help create healthy habitat.