Header image: Male wood duck by John Bowden from MN Conservation Volunteer Facebook Page
Today’s post comes from Barbara in Robbinsdale.
For the past maybe 20 years, we have been receiving a little magazine called the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, which celebrated its 75th year in 2015. It is an amazing publication, measuring just around 5” x 8”, issued bi-monthly. Each issue features richly illustrated articles on conservation efforts in Minnesota, and various outdoor activities, from fishing and hunting to snowshoeing. Regular departments include:
– “This Issue” – a summary of the issue’s main article
– “Letters” from readers
– a “Young Naturalists” segment, used by science teachers across the state (all Minnesota schools and libraries receive MCV)
– “Minnesota Profile” – two of the last pages in each issue, highlighting a plant or animal you may or may not recognize
– and my favorite, “Natural Curiosities” – questions from readers about some unexplained natural phenomenon seen, often, in readers’ back yard, and answered by the staff
Once or twice a year there is a “Sense of Place” issue, in which the material is connected to a particular landscape.
The website’s “About MCV” section describes the magazine thus: “Minnesota Conservation Volunteer is your guide to wild Minnesota. This flagship publication of the Department of Natural Resources delivers in-depth, in-the-field coverage of the state’s outdoor news and conservation issues. The MCV mission is to encourage conservation and sustainable use of Minnesota’s natural resources.”
Although I believe you can still receive MCV free of charge, it is readers’ contributions that keep MCV magazine, together with its education and outreach projects, afloat. And it is unique – “[n]o other state conservation magazine has this model of reader support.”
I am always amazed by the photography accompanying the articles – I have cut out photos and made little books with them for children in my life. I save my MVC issues (which measure about 5” x 8”) on a bookshelf, and am having a hard time discarding them even though I am moving. (Let me know if any baboons would like some back issues.) I will make sure that my Minnesota Conservation Volunteer subscription follows me as we move to Winona.
What is your favorite magazine/periodical, either paper or electronic?