Rural Missouri - January 2012 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 4 Departments Comments National and statewide news Columns Hart to heart Superior steel Functional works of art put Ozark Knife Makers at top of the blade-making craft 5 10 Facing ‘extreme men’ Gov. Gamble finds his greatest enemies are on his side 8 13 Outdoors Return to the prairie 14 Out of the Way Eats Kehde’s Barbeque 22 Hearth and Home Game on! 24 News Briefs News you can use 13 Return to the prairie Bison now graze north Missouri’s Dunn Ranch Prairie 17 Missouri snapshots Inaugural state park photo contest draws nearly 1,700 entries 13 28 Marketplace Classified ads 30 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 32 Neighbors The Nimblewill Nomad 34 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 26 Woven in tradition Steve and Debbie Uhlmann keep the art of oak basket weaving alive 32 The Nimblewill Nomad M.J. ‘Eb’ Eberhart is a man of a million steps 17 About our cover he progression of civilization across the United States during the past two centuries has brought about great expansion of population and industry. It has also paved over vast natural ecosystems. Unfortunately, some species such as the passenger pigeon and eastern cougar have become extinct due to our imprudence toward the care of our environment and overhunting. Trumpeter swans almost became one of these victims. Trumpeters were once fairly common throughout most of the northern U.S., but in the early 1900s, the continent’s largest native bird was nearly extirpated. The birds were heavily hunted for their feathers, and their winter food supplies diminished due to loss of natural habitat. In 1932, only 69 trumpeters were reported alive in the wild. Thanks to protection and recovery efforts in the 1950s and 1960s in refuges across the country, the birds were saved Cover and photo at left by Kyle Spradley T and the population grew. Today, there is believed to be nearly 30,000 of the swans across North America. Featured on our cover this month is a trumpeter swan photographed at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in St. Charles County, across the river from Alton, Ill. These majestic birds migrate through the Show-Me State and winter at this refuge near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Also at Riverlands is the Audubon Center, featured left. The new visitors center has plenty of exhibits showcasing the restoration work at the refuge as well as information about birding and the species that visit the area. The center has many upcoming events including birding trips and eagle-watching excursions. For more information about Riverlands, call 636-899-2600 or visit To order prints of these photos, see page 35. JANUARY 2012 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - January 2012

Rural Missouri - January 2012
Table of Contents
Superior steel
Facing ‘extreme men’
Return to the prairie
Out of the Way Eats
Missouri snapshots
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Woven in tradition
Around Missouri
The Nimblewill Nomad

Rural Missouri - January 2012