The Federation Report
May 18, 2018

In This Issue
Legislative Report:

Session ends today, May 18th. Look for a brief legislative update on the session soon. 

Click here to visit our Legislative Action Center to learn more about all the bills affecting conservation and natural resources in Missouri.

From Our Blog:

Students Inspire Hope for 
Bright Future
Nathan "Shags"  McLeod of The Morning Shag radio show speaks to the class about how to share messages to radio audiences.

My first semester as an adjunct instructor at the University of Missouri ended last week. I taught a class I created called Communications in Natural Resources. It was an experience I'll treasure forever. Over the course of 15 weeks, I came to realize if my students are a reflection of their generation, the future of our natural world is in good hands. 
I spend a lot of time talking and writing about topics relating to the outdoors, specifically fish and wildlife. Most of the time, I am not an expert. While I may know a little about a lot of things, it's people who know a lot about one thing communicators like me use as sources for stories. Unfortunately, too often, the ....

Save the Date: Upcoming CFM Events

Explore the Outdoors: Kansas City - May 31 
Explore the Outdoors: Springfield - June 21 
Explore the Outdoors: Columbia - July 12 
Pull for Conservation: Central - August 11

CFM Store
Charles Schwarz Prints

Five different Charles W. Schwartz prints are now available for purchase on the  CFM website
Prints are $20 if picked up at the CFM Office in Jefferson City or $27 to be shipped. 
Certified Wildlife Habitat ®
Recognize your commitment to wildlife and certify your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat®.
 By creating a natural garden with native plants, you are providing essential elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young. Add a water source - such as a birdbath - and follow sustainable gardening practices, and your garden will not only be wildlife-friendly, but it will qualify as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat®.
In addition, a portion of your application processing fee supports the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the National Wildlife Federation's programs to inspire others to make a difference and address declining habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and other wildlife. The fee is waived for schools.
Print your Certified Wildlife Habitat® application HERE.
Visit to certify today!

CFM Platinum Business Alliance

Thank you to our platinum sponsors.

Top Ten Reasons to Join us for 
 CFM's 4th  Annual 
Explore the Outdoors: Kansas City

10 - Meet CFM staff
  9 - Joe's BBQ
  8 - Free beer and wine from Boulevard Brewery
  7 - Amazing deals on auction items
  6 - Meet like minded people from the area interested in conservation
  5 - Learn more about CFM
  4 - Great items in the silent and live auctions
  3 - Anita Gorman, keynote speaker and leader of conservation in KC      
  2 - Support Conservation in Missouri
  1 - Have fun!
Join us for CFM's 4th Annual  Explore the Outdoors: Kansas City event being held at  Boulevard Brewing Company on  May 31, 2018. Come support conservation in Missouri.

Event Schedule:
5:30 pmDoors Open and Social Hour
6:30 pmDinner and Keynote Speaker, Anita Gorman
7:30 pm: Live and Silent Auctions
Boulevard Brewing Company
2501 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

 Visit  here to learn more. 

Conservation Federation Podcast
Newest Release
Episode 17: Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis

Brandon Butler, Steven Rinella, and Janis Putelis pose with their 2018 Missouri public land gobblers.
Steven Rinella is a leading conservation voice for a new generation of sportsmen. Those more concerned with pounds of meat than inches of antler have gravitated to the fast-talking, deep thinking Rinella who uses his platforms to advocate for the importance of wildlife and wild places. 
Rinella began his career as a writer. He has published a number of books, including "The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine," "American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon," and "Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter." His conservation communication efforts have expanded to include a top podcast and arguably the best hunting television show in existence today. Along with his producer, Janis Putelis, Rinella is churning out content and driving a new generation conservationists.  
In Episode 17 of Conservation Federation, host Brandon Butler sits down with Rinella and Putelis after three days of successful turkey hunting to discuss their first trip to Missouri, the current state of outdoor television, shooting captive deer and more. 

Listen to the podcast on iTunes at of on the CFM website at

Registration is now open for 
Explore the Outdoors: Springfield

Registration for Explore the Outdoors: Springfield on Thursday, June 21 is now open. This event is being held at Bass Pro Shops White River Conference Center. Ticket includes WOW Wildlife Gallery tour. Learn more about the event HERE.

Conservation Federation Podcast
Episode 16: Dale Blevins and Carol Davit

The Farm Bill is one of the most important federal policies affecting conservation and wildlife habitat. It offers the single largest source of funding for conservation on private lands.
Episode 16 of our podcast is available online. Brandon Butler interviews Dale Blevins and Carol Davit about The Farm Bill. Read more here. Listen to the podcast on iTunes at of on the CFM website at

The Tramp & The Roughrider

Don't miss out! There is still time to get your tickets at the event. The Tramp and the Roughrider will be presented on May 19, 2018 a t the Prairie Star Farm near Bland, Missouri.  The Tramp and the Roughrider is a two man play with Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir during their historic 1903 camping trip in Yosemite. Lee Stetson and Joe Wiegand, America's best Muir and Roosevelt re-enactors, will present their historic conversation on stage. 

Learn more   here.