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Snow Crystals – Close Up & Personal At The Webster Groves Public Library

Photo: Webster-Kirkwood Times

By Don Corrigan (Webster-Kirkwood Times)

Snow is not just for shoveling. Dr. Richard Walters of Webster Groves wants those who loathe the snow to take a new, close-up look at the white stuff. He makes it easy with his snowflake photography exhibit.

His prints on display at the Webster Groves Public Library this January offer an array of snow crystals, including needles, bullets, plates and rare capped columns. Of course, there also are the typical six-armed stellar forms that we all associate with snowflakes.“I’m into details and there’s a lot of work and care that goes into capturing the details of snowflakes,” explained Walters. “For one thing, you have to hold your breath to keep the crystals from melting and distorting when you are shooting them.”

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Winter In The Woods Festival Featuring Maple Sugar

The 2015 Maple Sugar Festival.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival!

Just because the temperatures drop, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! There are many fun activities to do during winter, like maple sugaring, hiking, camping, bird-watching, outdoor photography, and fishing to name a few.

MDC and local partnering organizations will help uncover the many different outdoor activities you can do in winter, along with information about how animals weather the season as well. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy!

Read more about the event from the MDC below.

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Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival

Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners offer the chance to discover a close connection with the bald eagle. The Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20.

The festival will offer spotting scopes for eagle viewing, a live bald eagle educational program with hands-on exhibits, activities, children’s crafts, and Lewis and Clark living history demonstrations.

Read more from the MDC informational release for detailed information and directions.

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Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site hosts Christmas Candlelight Tours Dec. 14 and 15

The public is invited to enjoy an 1860s Victorian Christmas during candlelight tours of the Hunter-Dawson home. The house, aglow with the warmth of oil lamps and candles, will be decorated with fresh greenery, Christmas trees and 1860s style ornaments. Site staff will be wearing Victorian era fashions, and refreshments will be served. Daytime tours will be given Dec. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with candlelight tours from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening. This event is free and open to the public.

Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site is located at 312 Dawson Road in New Madrid, in southeast Missouri. For more information, contact the site at 573-748-5340.

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WebU Panel: “What did the Nov. 6 Election Mean for the Environment?”

by Don Corrigan

Democrats’ takeover of the U.S. House on Nov. 6 means that environmental issues will come to the fore, but that does not mean policies coming out of Washington, D.C., will be any greener. That is because climate change skeptics will still be in charge of the White House and the U.S. Senate where they will present roadblocks to environmental initiatives.

That assessment of post-election environmental politics came from Professor Amanda Rosen, who teaches political science at Webster University. She was on a panel entitled “What did the Nov. 6 Election Mean for the Environment?” at the university on Nov. 14. Other panelists included newly-elected St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy and Missouri Sierra Club Director John Hickey.

Clancy said that most environmental progress is going to take place at the local level, not in Jefferson City or Washington, D.C., which remain in control by politicians who are hostile to most environmental initiatives. Locally, the City of St. Louis has resolved to become a city powered by renewable energy and St. Louis County voters passed a measure on Nov. 6 to protect their parks and to prevent them from being sold without voter approval.

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How Will The Midterm Elections Impact The Environment?

Webster University and the Sierra Club Missouri Chapter will host a panel discussion about how this year’s midterm elections will effect the environment.

The event will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2018, starting at noon.

For a list of speakers, lunch details, parking information and how to register for the event please click read more below.

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St. Louis Audubon Society’s Fall Gaggle On Tap At Schlafly Tap Room Nov. 4

On November 4, the St. Louis Audubon Society will hold its Fall Gaggle, an awards celebration and auction, at the Schlafly Tap Room in downtown St. Louis. The annual gathering raises funds to further efforts to conserve the environment and educate the community about its natural wonders. Key leaders from within the organization and around the region will be celebrated for their contributions.

Forest ReLeaf of Missouri will receive the “Outstanding Conservationist” award at this year’s Fall Gaggle.  Since 1993, Forest ReLeaf has planted more than 150,000 trees in underserved communities and areas affected by major weather disasters throughout Missouri and Illinois. Forest ReLeaf staff and volunteers are dedicated to restoring and sustaining urban forests and educating people about the many benefits of trees.

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MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN CELEBRATES TREE WEEK OCT. 29 – NOV. 4

The Missouri Botanical Garden released information about a new event and it’s just in time for Autumn – Tree Week! Check out the release below for more about the event.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is celebrating its colorful canopy at the peak of fall foliage season. Tree Week is a new campaign offering visitors the chance to learn more about the Garden’s impressive tree collection, and the staff who care for it, all while soaking in the bright red, yellow and orange hues overhead.

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Uncover Nature’s Superheroes and Villains At A FREE Family Event Oct. 19 At Powder Valley Nature Center

Friday Night Live: Super Villains or Super Heroes is a special evening event for the whole family from 6–9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood. Visitors will learn about spiders from “Charlotte’s: Web” characters on the nature center’s Tanglevine Trail.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) released information about a family fun event happening at the Powder Valley Nature Center. Kids and adults alike can learn about nature in a fun outdoor setting all provided FREE to families to enjoy.

Missouri and its citizens are lucky to have the MDC – Is it any wonder other states look to us and our conservation efforts as a blueprint to follow for success! Bring your family and take advantage of what great things the MDC has to offer for everyone no matter how they enjoy our great outdoors!

Find more information below about the Powder Valley Nature Center’s event form the MDC.

Take a minute to look and you might find that nature provides sagas of heroes and villains every day that could rival the drama in Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

The MDC is drawing up the curtain to reveal these dramas at a free event Friday, Oct. 19 at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood.  “Friday Night Live: Super-Villains or Superheroes” is a special evening event for the entire family from 6–9:30 p.m.

“This event is designed to connect people of all ages to unexpected and often misunderstood wildlife in Missouri,” said MDC Naturalist Rebecca Rodriguez. “To some, these animals may appear to be supervillains; however, a closer look will reveal that they are really superheroes because they help make Missouri a great place to enjoy nature.”

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Forest ReLeaf is celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

The Conservation Celebration, in partnership with Magnificent Missouri, honoring Forest ReLeaf on Sunday, October 28 from noon to 3pm at Third Degree Glass Factory.

The event will feature Pappy’s BBQ, complimentary beer and wine, live music, glass blowing demonstrations and much more. For tickets and more information about the FOREST ReLEAF event CLICK HERE.