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A Family of Volunteers

Volunteering has brought families together.

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First Snow

Sometimes you can get too much of a good thing.

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These 10-point antlers are reputed to be more than 160 years old.

Yesterdeer

Antlers from a deer shot 160 years ago in Monroe County stir musings about yesteryear.

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bony, distressed-looking dog or coyote with no hair

Show-Me Freaks of Nature

Discover nature with Halloween tricks and treats from MDC, including our field guide of Missouri’s wild things, both real and imagined.

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Four Conservation Department employees subdue a mature whitetail buck.

... In all the wrong places

One deer's search for love led him to the Conservation's central office.

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Wildlife In My Own Backyard

Even though he lived in the country his whole life, it took a move to the city for him to see a wild skunk.

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Blue Catfish Display

Blue Catfish: Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Blue catfish display shows sizes and numbers anglers could catch and keep under proposed regulations.

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Missouri's Banana - The Pawpaw

Did you know that Missouri has its very own banana? Well, alright it’s not really a banana, but it sure does taste like one.

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A golden retriever frolics on a sandbar laced with flowing water.

Where’s your place?

Everone has a favorite outdoor spot. Where's yours?

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Hunter Education

The Wearing of the Orange

Archers and gun hunters alike should use extra caution during the new alternative-methods portion of firearms deer season.

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Bullfrog Sooie: Calling the Frogs

It's not that easy being green, and it's not that easy catching frogs, either.

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Image of an armadillo

Little Armored One

Although generally harmless, armadillos can become a nuisance in home landscapes when their digging leaves scattered holes and dirt piles.

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girl with hummingbird

MDC Nature Centers offer cool place to Discover Nature during summer heat

It’s a safe bet that summer in Missouri will be hot. But here’s one thing you might not have to bet on: you can still spend hours enjoying the Missouri outdoors no matter how hot summer is.

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Image of an osage copperhead

Snakebytes

Missourians' risk of death by snakebite is on par with the odds of being struck by falling space debris.

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A picture of the full moon taken through a telescope.

Nature at Night

There's never a bad time to discover nature.

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A Frog Symphony

My first time swimming in a creek, I was serenaded with the sounds of a frog symphony.

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A bucket containing glossy blackberries sits in front of a blackberry patch.

The Low-Down on Blackberries

This is one case where it pays to set your sights low.

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Purple coneflowers at Danville Conservation Area

Family Afield

An afternoon hike at Danville Conservation Area brought to mind fond family memories, and it's a perfect place to make more.

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Gone Fishin'

I love fishing, so when I was asked to help at a family fishing event I jumped at the chance. First, I had to brush up on my angling skills.

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Photo Fascination

If a photo is worth 1,000 words, this Flickr page is worth 75 million.

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Up on the Roof

Master Naturalists and MDC volunteers give a green roof a facelift.

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MDC Education Day with the Springfield Cardinals

Homefield Advantage for Conservation With the Springfield Cardinals

The sun was shining, the children were laughing, and Smokey Bear was warming up to throw the first pitch at Hammons Field, home to the Springfield Cardinals baseball team.

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Dive-bombed by a Martin

I was dive-bombed by a beautiful, iridescent, dark blue bird...but what was it?

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Wild Turkeys

Turkey Season Almost Here

It’s time to buy that permit, screw the tight choke tube into the shotgun and locate the camouflage clothing, turkey loads, calls and bug spray.

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Bryan Morelli, standing in water, holds a MoZoan.

Wappapello Bioblitz Turns Up Plant-Animal Hybrid

Genetic mix-up could enable Missourians to gather a limit of crappie and a mess of mushrooms without leaving their boats.

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Pecan muffins, anyone?

Cooking With the Iron Men of Boy Scout Troop 4

Members of this Jefferson City troop made culinary memories last weekend.

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Tick Alert!

Warm weather has brought ticks back with a vengeance.

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A Suprise in the Garden

As I rounded the corner into the garden area, I was suddenly caught off guard.

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Callery pears along highway roadside.

Life Finds A Way

The reproducing and spreading species in this case is the ornamental tree called the callery pear, which may right now be in its full flowering glory in your front yard. Please don't plant any more callery pears.

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A Champion In Your Own Backyard

Champion trees are all around us.

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A chainsaw and a tape measure are resting on the stump of a large elm tree

Calendar Elm

Yard work, astrophysics and archaeology meet in my back yard.

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Permit Renewal Time

If you’re an avid Missouri hunter or angler, you probably have permits in your wallet that will expire in the next week.

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Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact Brings the Pain!

This poacher lost his hunting privileges until age 92!

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Drama at the Birdfeeder

Yesterday I noticed a circular pile of red feathers in my yard near my birdfeeders.

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