Weird deer behavior and other outdoor happenings

    My son, Jayson Cooper, and several friends were enjoying a Saturday afternoon on a river gravel bar near the Highway 8 access on the upper Meramec River, cooking and relaxing. Suddenly a magnificent buck strolled out of the nearby woods, walked right through the crowd, through a smoldering campfire and into the river, where it proceeded to drown.

Blacksnakes will not be tolerated on Lightnin’ Ridge

    After what I wrote about snakes a couple of columns back, I got many letters and emails that basically asked me why a professional naturalist would kill blacksnakes on his place. It goes back to the fact that we have few natural ecosystems nowadays, and I am trying to improve the one I live in.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad receive negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has approved a request submitted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad seeking an additional 133 days to negotiate an agreement to railbank 144 miles of the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad corridor stretching from Windsor to Beaufort, Missouri.

Onondaga Cave State Park offers hosts hummingbird banding event Aug. 31

Join researcher Lanny Chambers at Onondaga State Park as he captures, bands and studies ruby-throated hummingbirds during at a banding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 at the park’s visitor center. Reservations are not required.