The February issue of the Missouri Conservationist warns us to be aware of the bears that may be found south of I-44, some very good suggestions and a very real possibility. Living on Oscar Tally Road (Anderson address, Lanagan telephone) my brother entertained a young cub in a tall tree overlooking his home just a few short years ago.
McDonald County is a unique area. Like to fish for catfish? Fur trap for raccoons? Witness the deer as they swim across Big Sugar Creek? Enjoy the song of the mourning dove, the night owl? With a third of the state of Missouri devoted to 15.4 million acres of forestland, creeks and rivers flowing with crystal clear waters, and comparative favorable weather, is there any wonder we are home to a variety of wildlife and flora and fauna?
It was this past July when the Joplin Globe quoted Dr. Randy Miles, with the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri-Columbia reported that the lack of soil moisture is affecting mature trees in some parts of the state. Trees, such as dogwoods and redbuds with shallow root systems, are withering. Personally, I miss what we used to refer to as the spring rains, the autumn rains. As sure as I grieve for the lack of a good soaking rain we are quite likely that rain will commence in a few days until I begin to be concerned about a rising Big Sugar creek as it overflows the banks and approaches my deck. For this reason, it is futile to worry or be concerned about tomorrow, but, instead, appreciate what we can enjoy today.
It was 1782 when the bald eagle became the national emblem and did you ever think about how few states ever get to witness an actual bald eagle, an eagle that can fly at an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, I am told they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph. The fact that they choose to settle and raise their babies here in McDonald County, here in the middle of the United States.
Have you ever witnessed a great blue heron as it lifts off the water with a wingspan that appears to go on forever? Have you ever been awakened in the small hours of early morning only to witness a clear sky full of stars and a moon that you can almost touch? We are blessed here, the peace, the quiet, the beauty, so unique to 2013 in this civilized United States. Remember to be thankful for our blessings, take nothing for granted and seize the day.
If you would like to join the McDonald County Historical Society, you can write to P.O. Box 572, Pineville, Mo., go to firstname.lastname@example.org. We continue to develop the grand old courthouse on the square in Pineville, soon to be the McDonald County Historical Society Museum. Most Saturdays we have volunteers plying their trades and making this dream come true. If you are in the area you are invited to drop in and witness the progress.
Page 2 of 2 - Our grand opening is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend — lots of exciting things on our agenda. Check us out on Facebook and you are invited to our meeting, held every other month, the next one to be at 2 p.m. on the third weekend in March at the 'new' courthouse on "W" in Pineville. Watch this paper for more information.
Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.