Larry Maggard Prepares Dutch Treats

Article Springfield News Leader July, 2013. Larry, who specializes in primitive skills and outdoor living, is shown preparing Scotch eggs with the Greater Ozarks Dutch Oven Group in Republic.



Bob Korpella Receives Environmental Excellence Award 2013

President Michael Baird presented Bob Korpella with the 2013 Springfield Master Naturalist Environmental Excellence Award at the Choose Environmental Excellence award luncheon April 19. The award has previously gone to Joe Kleiber and Bob Kipfer. 


Bob joined the Master Naturalists in 2011. He has given hundreds of hours of service, including many classroom presentations on mammals, insects and aquatics. For the latter, he developed an aquatic trunk to add to the others that Master Naturalists use in classrooms.  He also serves on a local Stream Team, and you’ll find him lending a hand with other Master Naturalists at many other volunteer opportunities.


Professionally, Bob is editor and publisher of, devoted to the Ozarks outdoors. He is a freelance writer and photographer and occasionally does human resources consulting. His blog, “” is well worth a visit.



Bob Ranney Writes About Water and Walleyes

Article in the Springfield News-Leader March, 2013. Bob’s article about his love for water and walleyes.



Jennifer Ailor Writes About Trees for Springfield News-Leader

The Springfield News-Leader printed an essay and photo of Jennifer Ailor on trees in the Aug. 23, 2012


We Lost a Good One:  Joe Kleiber

The chapter has been following the sad deterioration of member Joe Kleiber following a tragic accident in April, 2012 in which he lost the use of his legs. On Friday afternoon, July 27, 2012 he passed away.  Graveside services Friday, Aug. 3, were followed by a family lunch in Nixa, which Master Naturalist members helped provide for.


The family plans a tribute to Joe at the Gardens of Woodfield in Nixa, which he was very active in developing. You’ll recall that we honored Joe with the chapter’s second Environmental Excellence Award in 2012. 


Gala Solari Welcomes Visitors to New Dewey Short Visitor Center

In April 2012, our own Gala Solari was featured in a front-page Springfield News-Leader article about the opening of the new 15,000 sq. ft. Dewey Short Visitor Center on Table Rock Lake. Gala is the assistant director of the Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation, which operates the center.


The center sits on the south end of Table Rock Dam. You can walk a 2.2-mile trail, watch a video about the making of the dam, participate in interactive displays or simply enjoy the beauty of the LEED Gold-certified building and the “best views” of the lake outside its windows. And if you’re lucky, you may run into Gala and get a tour with a Master Naturalist’s perspective.


Buck Keagy Advocates for the Regal Fritillary to Become a State Monarch of Sorts

Master Naturalist Buck Keagy testified in February 2012  before the Missouri House of

Representatives to designate the Regal Fritillary butterfly the state butterfly. The Regal

Fritillary is a relatively rare prairie butterfly. 


While the designation of a state butterfly won’t be front-page news, we can take pride

that our own champion of butterflies started the process.



Snowy Owls Invade Missouri

Charley Burwick and Janice Greene were quoted in a national news story about the 2011 Audubon Christmas Bird Count and that season’s snowy owl invasion. The story ran in several newspapers across the country



Good Fires on the Prairie

Read the Springfield News-Leader’s article on the importance of fire for a healthy prairie from January 2012. You’ll find our own Linda Ellis present at a prescribed burn on Woods Prairie in Lawrence County, identifying rattlesnake master, black-eyed susan, spurge and more plants. Our own super blog also has a synopsis



Carl Haworth Receives Environmental Excellence Award 2014


The Springfield Plateau Chapter Missouri Master Naturalists recognized the outstanding contributions of an individual toward conservation of the natural environment.


Carl Haworth, a past president of the chapter and best known as the bison expert, was recognized for his service. He has presented over 50 programs to schools and other groups throughout southwest Missouri, showcasing the many uses that Native Americans had for the bison – driving home the message of conserving our natural resources. Carl is a trained facilitator for Project Wild (a wildlife focused conservation education program for grades K-12), Project WET (Water Education for Teachers, also for grades K-12), and Project Learning Tree (environmental/conservation education program for preschool–12).


Carl exemplifies the trained citizen volunteer educator who is passionate about preparing the next generation to accept and value the wonderful gift of our natural environment. Allan Keller, President, made the presentation. 



Drew Albert Talks About Monitoring Gray Bats With National Weather Service Radar

Summer 2014 Story from KSMU Public Radio.

Follow up story from KSMU.