Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hunter's Calendar: Conservation Commission Sets 1994 Migratory Bird Seasons

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hunter's Calendar: Conservation Commission Sets 1994 Migratory Bird Seasons

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Dove and teal hunters can start reloading shotgun shells and marking their calendars with hunting season dates. The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved regulations for 1994 early migratory bird seasons based on preliminary federal frameworks.

The commission recently approved seasons and limits for several species of migratory birds. The new regulations are similar to last year's. Subject to final federal approval, 1994-95 migratory bird seasons and limits will be:

Mourning doves - Sept. 1 through Oct. 30, 15 daily, 30 in possession.

Blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal - Sept. 10 through 18, four in the aggregate daily, eight in possession.

Sora and Virginia rails - Sept. 1 to Nov. 9, 25 daily or in possession.

Common snipe - Sept. 1 through Dec. 16, eight daily, 16 in possession.

Woodcock - Oct. 15 through Dec. 18, five daily, 10 in possession.

Shooting hours for the species listed above will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except that shooting hours for the early teal season will remain sunrise to sunset.

Teal hunters may possess only steel shot. All hunters of migratory birds must have 52 "HIP" (Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program) cards. These will be available in mid-July from permit vendors and Missouri Department of Conservation offices.

Information on the regular waterfowl season will be available in August.

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Tracking State Diversity

JEFFERSON CITY - Numbers of Niangua darters and prairie chickens seem to be waning in Missouri, but there is good news about pallid sturgeons and peregrine falcons in the 1992-93 Wildlife Diversity Report.

The annual report from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) summarizes gains, losses, research, surveys and other developments related to biological diversity. Formerly known as the Non-game and Endangered Species Report, the document' s name has been changed to reflect MDC's commitment to maintaining the enormous variety of plant and animal species and communities found in Missouri.

The Wildlife Diversity Report contains information on:

Population trends of rare or endangered plants and animals.

Highlights of field work related to rare and endangered plants and biological diversity.

The Natural Areas and Natural Features Inventory.

Watchable wildlife programs.

Summaries of progress in wildlife diversity initiatives such as cave policy, plant conservation, neotropical migratory bird conservation, and the Ozark Man in the Biosphere Cooperative.

The term "biodiversity" refers to the variety of plant and animal life in a given area. This can be defined in terms of the number of species present, the genetic makeup of a population or the number and diversity of natural communities. Maintaining biological diversity contributes to a stable, healthy ecosystem. It also ensures against loss of potentially valuable genetic material for crop and livestock development, medically active chemical compounds and other yet-undiscovered assets. …

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