Rural Missouri - January 2019 - 3

CONTENTS
Volume 72

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JANUARY 2019

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Number 1

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IN EVERY ISSUE

Trial by ice
Lessons learned from the 2009 ice storm speed recovery today

12 The romance of old tractors
Red or green, tractors serve as emblems of an honorable life

15 Missouri Snapshots
See the winners in our eighth annual photo contest

28 A timber frame of mind
Cairo man enjoys the old way of building things

32 Talkin' Alpaca
Auxvasse farm weaves warm business with fluffy friends

ABOUT OUR COVER

W

hen the bald eagle was included on the
Great Seal of the United States in 1782,
estimates put the number of eagles
between 500,000 and 1 million. But 200
years of habitat destruction, hunting and the use of
the pesticide DDT would leave less than 500 nesting
pairs of eagles by the mid-20th century. Thankfully,
with the help of government protections and civilian
efforts aimed at habitat restoration, the great bird
made a comeback. Today, Missouri alone is home to
more than 280 active eagle nests and 600 resident
eagles.
The bald eagle's success story is celebrated every
year through Eagle Days - free events hosted
by the Missouri Department of Conservation,
National Wildlife Refuge System and Army Corps of
Engineers around the Show-Me State. The weekend
programs offer excellent opportunities for seeing

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Cooperation

5

Perspectives

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Outdoors

22

Eats

25

Notes

26

Recipes

30

Events

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Neighbors

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Just4Kids

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Landscapes

photos by Zach Smith

eagles and other birds, as well as hands-on learning
opportunities and fun for kids and adults alike.
During winter it's not uncommon to see small
towns and riverbanks fill with folks looking for the
national bird and their impressive nests, easily
seen in the tops of bare trees. You may find eagles
just about anywhere, from Rockbridge in the south
central Ozarks - where our cover was taken - to
newly fledged juveniles, such as those at right,
keeping watch at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge
in Sumner. So start the New Year with some time
outdoors and an eye to the skies. If you have an eagle
eye (or a good pair of binoculars or spotting scope),
you never know what you might see.
For more information on Eagle Days events around
Missouri,
visit
https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/
discover-nature-mdc-through-eagle-days-1.
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