Archive for the ‘Missouri’ Category

Black bear, black bear

It turns out that shortly after we got back from Minnesota, our neighbor up north told my sister he had seen a black bear between our two cabins around that time. Then after we got home, I was going through some old issues of the Missouri Conservation magazine when I came across this article on Black Bears in Missouri.

The article is entitled “Make Way for Bearsby Francis Skalicky over at the Missouri Conservationist Magazine. Sounds like they’re getting around, which at least to me, is a good thing.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

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Winter of days gone by

So, looking back at this winter so far, I’m a bit reminded of winters from my childhood. The difference being that this year’s winter happened most years, minus perhaps the arctic vortex that we got last week.

So while we lived in Minnesota only for a couple of years when I wasn’t even in school yet and when we do visit these days, it’s in the summer time, this article reminded me of the Minnesota (and even Missouri) winters of my childhood.

The article is entitled “Minnesota winters ain’t what they used to be over at the Grist. Oh, for the winters of days gone by, when I was in school. Now if I just get work to take a snow day. Hmmm?

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Green Librarian

Ozark rivers

I have to admit that I’ve only been down to the Ozarks a couple of times, to the best of my recollection. I’ve also never had the chance to canoe any of the rivers down there. I have however stumbled up mussel shells along the Meramec river, a little further north in St. Louis, with my kids over the years.

So even though we’ve worked to improve these rivers here in Missouri, according to the article entitled “Andy Ostmeyer: Unsettling Questions Linger Along Ozark Rivers” over at the Joplin Globe, we still have some work to do. Hoping to make Aldo Leopold proud.

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Green Libarian

 

Mountain lions and elk

Who knew we’d have both here in the state of Missouri during my life time. I have to same I’m a little hopeful that maybe one day we’ll have mountain lion cubs here too. The fact that a female showed up is actually pretty cool.

The article where you can learn more about the mountain lions here in Missouri is entitled “Confirmed report of female mountain lion raises questions about the future of the species in Missouri” by over at the . Very cool!

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Green Librarian

Halloween candy

ow my kids will tell you that I try not to buy products with palm oil, so I will make sure to show them this article that I found over at our local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s entitled “Buying Halloween candy? Zoos want you to check labels to help endangered animals” by .

I would also add while I’m not fond of zoo’s in general, this is something I’m definitely proud of, this and the zoo’s Hellbender program. That project helps in the conservation of amphibian and reptiles in Missouri.

One individual in particular who helps out with this program is Dr. Jeff Briggler, the Missouri state herpetologist and the man who also leads the Amphibian Night program my kids have all enjoyed with the Missouri  Department of Conservation.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Winter is bear(ly) holding on

Get it?! Oh well, whenever I get my next issue of Mizzou Magazine, I can usually figure on an article or two about the environment and once again, it held true.

As someone who believes that ecosystems need to be complete to be healthy, it appears that at least of the Missouri forests are beginning to return to a healthy biological balance after nearly two hundred years.

This according to Lori Eggert in the article “Bear Down, Bear Up” by Dale Smith in Mizzou Magazine. There’s also a nice article over at Science Daily on the same study entitled “Black Bears Return to Missouri Indicates Healthy Forests“.

Hopefully, those bears will get a chance to come out of their dens and play soon. At least around here, winter just won’t let go.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Missouri’s fall colors

As we approach the time to set our clocks back an hour, it seems as if the leaves on the trees didn’t get the notice. For the trees in our yard, mostly three large silver maples, the leaves are only beginning to change color. In fact, by now it seems like I’m doing nothing but raking and raking and raking.  I guess they’ve just “fallen” behind schedule a little bit.

The one sign I that always signals the coming of fall is when the tree (a big beautiful Sugar Maple) in the neighbors yard across the street has turned yellow. The last I checked, it was beginning to too. I’ll have to take a look tomorrow to see if it has reached it’s peak (and then post a picture).

Since that’s unclear at this point, then I should have known for sure this morning when I came across the article “Fall Color Forecast: Wishy-Washy with Pockets of Spectacular” by Susan Weich at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. If you want to read more about the leaves of Missouri, then check out “Why Leaves Change Color“, put out by the Missouri Department of Conservation. I just came across my copy of the brochure tonight.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian