|Dishing the dirt|
Wes Johnson's photo essay describes one method of comparing furbearer populations annually. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologists Jay Steele and Wesley Schnake sifted dirt onto an area and left a scent device to attract curious mammals. The animals in turn left their prints in the soft soil. This allowed the biologists to determine the species attracted to the area. By comparing this annually for the last 35 years, they can develop population trends.
|Possum tail draws the line|
The "GO! Get Outdoors" section of the News-Leader is a welcome addition to the newspaper, filled with good features and pictures including the online galleries. We will continue to feature the articles of Wes Johnson and his guest columnists from time to time.