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We Need Rally Squirrel! New Book Review By StL Sports Page

StL Sports Page recently posted a book review for Don Corrigan’s new book, “Nuts About Squirrels.” It’s a great read and showcases Rally Squirrel!

With the Cardinals in such a dismal period, fans are looking for Rally Squirrel. Where has he been the past few weeks?

“Rally Squirrel needs to return,” said local author Don Corrigan, who has just penned a book a book about the furry creatures. “He is in the book several times, thanks to the Cardinals and Dan Martin, who gave permissions for him to jump into the pages of Nuts About Squirrels.”

Corrigan will be signing the book at the Webster Groves Bookshop, 27 N. Gore, from 11 a.m. to1 p.m., Saturday, June 1.

Read the full StL Sports Page HERE.

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Saint Louis Zoo Celebrates Orangutan Merah’s 50th Birthday June 1

Photo: JoEllen Toler, Saint Louis Zoo

Celebrate Merah’s 50th birthday at the Saint Louis Zoo!

Saint Louis Zoo visitors are invited to help celebrate female Sumatran orangutan Merah’s 50th birthday. The great ape care staff will provide birthday-themed enrichment for Merah and her daughters Rubih (ROO-bee) and Ginger, and Ginger’s father Cinta (CHIN-tah). Meet a keeper and education staff members to learn about the animals and conservation.

When:  Saturday, June 1 – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

·  9:30 a.m. – orangutan enrichment activity; meet a keeper

·  2 p.m. – orangutan enrichment activity; meet a keeper

·  9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – education and conservation information

Where: Fragile Forest at the Saint Louis Zoo

Photo: Robin Winkelman, Saint Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo is located at One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110. Find more information HERE.

 

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Book highlights high jinks, history of squirrels – The Leader Book Review

The Leader newspaper wrote a great review of the new book, “Nuts About Squirrels” by Environmental Echo Editor Don Corrigan. The article was written by

“Squirrels certainly have their enemies – resulting from a long list of troubles they cause – but for the most part they maintain popularity. I waffle at times between disdain and admiration, but overall I agree that they are pretty impressive.”

 

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Squirrel Season Opens In Missouri May 25 – Do You Know Your Squirrel Hunter History?

Photo courtesy MDC. A Grey Squirrel keeps its eye for a danger.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians that squirrel and black bass seasons open May 25, the Saturday before Memorial Day.

Do you know the history of squirrel hunters in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War? It’s quite a legacy. …

Don Corrigan, author of “Nuts About Squirrels,” reminds Missourians to remember the legacy of squirrel hunters in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Corrigan notes the contribution of the volunteer Squirrel Army Brigades who came from all over Ohio to protect Cincinnati from approaching Confederates in the Ciivl War. The state legislature of Ohio did, however, officially thank the patriotic volunteers with a resolution, which read:

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Sustainability: What Can YOU Do? Summer Lunch & Learn Series At Webster University

Beginning May 30, join Webster University Sustainability, Wednesdays from 12 p.m.-1 p.m., this summer to learn about the types of impact small, local actions can have toward a more sustainable future for all.

These events are FREE and open to the public with box lunches provided. After the final session on June 26, attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of Missouri Harvest: A Guide to Growers and Producers in the Show-Me State. Attendees will receive an entry in to the raffle for each session attended.

Read more about the event and speaker line-up below.

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MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes a visit with conservation legend Ding Darling May 16

Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a chance to meet one of the great founding fathers of the modern conservation movement.  Ding Darling may have had a whimsical name, but he left a serious impact on how we look at natural resources even to this day.

MDC’s Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center will host a live performance of The Art of Conservation, a Visit with Ding DarlingThursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.  The performance features actor Tom Milligan in a first-person portrayal of the legendary conservation activist.  It is part of the Legends of Conservation series.

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MDC Reminds Missourians To Keep Wildlife Wild

Photo courtesy the Missouri Department of Conservation.

As Missourians begin to head outdoors during the long-awaited spring season, they may encounter a variety of newborn animals. Though the young wildlife can pull on the heartstrings, and oftentimes appears to be abandoned, that’s usually not the case.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds residents to avoid interfering with newborn or young animals as it can do more harm than good.

“Young animals are rarely orphaned,” said MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Sherri Russell. “If the young is left alone, the parent will usually return. Parents are normally out searching for food and cannot constantly attend to their offspring.”

Russell added that baby birds are a common newborn people want to help.

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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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