Jim Low is the Conservation Department's Print News Coordinator and staff writer for Missouri Conservationist magazine. He is a past president of the Missouri Outdoor Communicators and the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). He has received the Conservation Federation of Missouri's Communicator of the Year Award, and is an 11-time winner of the Izaak Walton League of America's Outdoor Ethics Award. He is a member of OWAA's conservation advisory council, the Circle of Chiefs. His work has appeared in magazines ranging from Rifle and Shotgun and Outdoor Life to Australian Birding and Reptile & Amphibian. Waterfowl hunting, smallmouth bass fishing and nature photography are his favorite outdoor pursuits. He believes that no outdoor education is complete without reading Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac.