Spring 2014 Newsletter

Hello Innsbrook Wildlife Watchers and Nature Enthusiasts, here are nature notes and news to share for February 2014.

Backyard Wildlife Survey

Last month we received suggestions to host an informal Winter Backyard Wildlife Survey at Innsbrook. What a cool (actually very cold idea this winter) we thought! So please send us a note (or photo) of wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, etc.) you have spotted this loooong winter at Innsbrook. We will collect and share what we hear back hoping this can become an annual census by season that showcases a top reason so many of us aspire to live in harmony with nature and wildlife at Innsbrook.

Missouri Wildlife Guides

In response to a question last month here below are popular guides to Missouri wildlife from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. We will add to this list of resources as we find more or hear about others from you, so please send us your suggestions.

Missouri Internet Field Guide – http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide

Missouri’s Turtles –  http://xplor.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/resources/xplor/2012/03/Missouris_Turtles.pdf

Snakes of Missouri – http://fisheries.tamu.edu/files/2013/10/Snakes-of-Missouri.pdf

Fun Naturalist Classes

We recently attended an easy two hour class at Meramec Community College in Kirkwood on Forest Ecology of Missouri. It’s part of a series of Master Naturalist classes that cover topics like native tree identification, mushroom hunting, beekeeping, regional raptors, and the impact of climate change. The Missouri Forest Ecology class was so interesting – especially in the differences in forest health between an overstory, understory, and floor – that we are thinking about inviting a speaker from ForestReleaf of Missouri to visit Innsbrook for a guest lecture this year. More information on the classes can be found in the St. Louis Community College brochure at http://lgdata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/docs/549/999895/CE-Spring-2014-Master-Naturalist.pdf .

Community Garden

Speaking of beekeeping, a reminder for your calendars that Innsbrook will host Greg Krueger from Black Pasture Farms to speak with community gardeners on May 24 at 9 am at the PMB.

Private Life of Deer

For those who missed PBS KETC’s replay in January of “The Private Life of Deer” you can still see it at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/the-private-life-of-deer/full-episode/8278/ . Who would have thought deer have such a strong social family structure, beyond those naughty vigilante deer we read about in the comic strip Pearls Before Swine.

Closing Comments

We have asked for a note under Innsbrook Clubs to be posted in the Innsbrook Newsletter next month soliciting more interest in joining our little discussion and resource group. Once we get more participants we will also create an online forum that makes it easier to share conversations between a larger group.

Be sure to send us your sightings, questions or topics for discussion. Until then, here’s looking forward to warmer weather hikes in the great Missouri outdoors we are so blessed to have right outside our doors.

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