Category Archives: Outdoor/Nature

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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day At Columbia Bottom Conservation Area May 11

May 11 is International Migratory Bird Day, and Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake is kicking off the celebration a week early with a special event Sunday, May 5 from Noon- 4 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone.

The The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is celebrating  International Migratory Bird Day! Read more below from the MDC about the upcoming event at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area on Sunday, May 11, 2019.

Everything needs its special day, including migratory birds. May 11 has been officially designated as International Migratory Bird Day. It celebrates bird migration in America, and is also observed in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

The MDC is getting a week head start on the celebration at its Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake.

Columbia Bottom will hold a special International Migratory Bird Day event Sunday, May 5,from Noon—4 p.m. The area is an important stopover point for migrating birds of all sorts, so it’s a special place to celebrate these amazing feats of mass movement. Fun and educational activities from multiple partners will help visitors discover why Columbia Bottom is so important for migratory birds, as well as ways they can help, too.

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“Nuts About Squirrels” Raise Questions In U.S. Capitol

Pictured: Don Corrigan with his new book, “Nuts About Squirrels” in Washington D.C.

Is it true that climate change is causing squirrels in America to migrate north or to move to different elevations in mountain areas? Do humans bear any responsibility for the disruption of the habitat for squirrels? Are squirrels better equipped than humans to deal with global warming and climate change?

These were some of the serious questions author Don Corrigan was peppered with at the recent U.S. Popular Culture Association convention in Washington, D.C., from April 16 to 21.

Corrigan’s book, “Nuts About Squirrels: The Rodents That Conquered Popular Culture,” debuted at the McFarland Publishing book site at the convention on April 16 — and promptly sold out. McFarland marketing guru Savannah Clemmons said the book appears to be “a must” for squirrel fans.

Read more below. Also find a list of Corrigan’s local book signings!

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They Are Small But Mighty! Hummingbird 101

A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird flies while attempting to drink a sugar water from feeder in Moberly, MO. Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

Who doesn’t love watching hummingbirds? Find out more about hummingbirds and how to attract and care for them from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) below!

The ruby-throated hummingbird, the tiniest bird to nest in the Show-Me State, is a harbinger of spring. The MDC urges the public to learn more about these long-distance fliers as they begin to arrive during their spring migration.

“It’s time to put out feeders! Hummingbirds will be here soon and their numbers will ramp up in the next few weeks,” said MDC State Ornithologist Sarah Kendrick. “They have already been spotted in northern Arkansas and Tennessee.”

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Twilight Trek and Taste Planned At Washington State Park

To celebrate the spring season, Washington State Park will host its annual Twilight Trek and Taste 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 27.

The event will begin with a lantern-led guided hike by park interpretive staff on the base of the beautiful, natural surface 1000 Steps Trail.

Guests will end the 0.5-mile hike at Shelter #2 in the Big River Day-Use Area with an evening of complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Wine tastings will be provided by local area wineries, including Edg-Clif Vineyards and Bardenheier Wine Cellars. Additional purchases from the local wineries and food purchases are optional.

Read more about the event and reservations below.

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Beware The Pear! Avoid Planting The Invasive Callery Pear Tree

Photo: MDC

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) released information about the invasive Callery pear tree. Plant native trees and plants instead! Read more from the MDC below about this important topic.

The MDC encourages homeowners and landscapers to avoid planting Callery pear trees this spring. Though these trees bear beautiful white flowers in the springtime, looks can be deceiving.

The Callery pear tree is often found for sale as Bradford pear, Cleveland Select, Autumn Blaze, or Aristocrat. It is a highly invasive species that multiplies quickly, flourishes in a variety poor growing conditions, and reduces biodiversity by crowding out native Missouri plants.

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Corrigan Goes To Washington!

Pictured: Don Corrigan

Don Corrigan, professor of journalism and mass communications at Webster University, will be in Washington, D.C., April 18, for the debut of his new book, “Nuts About Squirrels: The Rodents Who Captured Popular Culture.” The squirrel offering will be hosted by McFarland Publishing at the annual convention of the Popular Culture Association.

Corrigan’s nutty squirrel squib covers how the furry critters are portrayed in books, newspapers, TV news, movies, comics, video games and more. Corrigan uses squirrels in his media courses to illustrate the ideas of Marshall McLuhan, the late media guru who once taught at St. Louis University. Corrigan will start his St. Louis book tour at Webster and Kirkwood public libraries at 7 p.m. on  April 30 & May 7, followed by more signings in the St. Charles County and Jefferson County library systems.

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Don Corrigan Discusses His New Book On KMOX

Pictured: Don Corrigan

Don Corrigan was recently on KMOX’s “Whole Nother Story” with Kevin Killeen. The short radio interview gives a glimpse into the story behind Corrigan’s new book, “Nuts About Squirrels: The Rodents That Conquered Popular Culture.”

 

Hear the radio interview from KMOX below. (The audio is 2 minutes long.)

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Local TV Stations Fox 2 and KPLR-11 Win MDC Award

MDC Outreach and Education Chief Shawn Gruber (right) presents Fox 2/KPLR-11 Midday News Producer Peggy Dierssen with the 2018 MDC Statewide Outreach and Education External Partnership Award. The two TV stations have been providing exemplary communications and outreach support to MDC for 10 years. Photo: MDC

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) awarded two local TV stations with the 2018 Outreach and Education External Partnership Award.

Communication, public outreach, and education have always been a top priority for the MDC. Conserving fish, forest and wildlife resources requires public appreciation and support. Each year, MDC’s Outreach and Education Division recognizes one external partner in Missouri for their significant contributions to conservation outreach that benefit the community, MDC, and Missouri citizens.

The Fox 2 KTVI and KPLR-11 television stations in St. Louis were selected to receive the statewide 2018 Outreach and Education External Partnership Award by MDC for their outstanding public service efforts and exemplary support of conservation for the last 10 years.

Read more from the MDC information release below.

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Missouri Morel Season Is Upon Us! Happy Hunting!

It’s almost Morel season!

Want a few pointers on hunting the golden morel’s?

CLICK HERE to check out the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website for pictures, videos, important information, like the description of the lookalike poisonous false morels.

We also have our own story about local Missouri Morel hunting. Read our past post HERE.

Get outside and have fun looking for the yummy Missouri Morel!

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Katherine Golden Shares First-Hand “Nature Explorer” Experiences With Local Teachers

Katherine Golden with a giant tortoise.

By Don Corrigan  (Webster-Kirkwood Times)

IMAX Theatre presentations at the Saint Louis Science Center used to inspire Katherine Golden when she was younger to imagine herself as an explorer. Thanks to a National Geographic program for teachers, she no longer has to imagine.

Golden has returned from a trip to the Galápagos Islands, where she explored the islands’ marvels, courtesy of Linblad Expedition ships, including the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour II and the National Geographic Sea Lion.

She saw the incredible tortoises and the vast diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else in the world. She saw the creatures Charles Darwin discovered in 1835, which played a role in his formulations for the scientific theory of evolution.

“The trip taught me so much about seeing things as an explorer would, about the importance of place, and about the power of storytelling,” Golden said.

“Now I want to share my stories with other teachers, which is part of the responsibility for educators chosen for the National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher fellowships,” she explained.

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