2012

A Family of Volunteers

Volunteering has brought families together. More

First Snow

Sometimes you can get too much of a good thing. More
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Yesterdeer

These 10-point antlers are reputed to be more than 160 years old.
Antlers from a deer shot 160 years ago in Monroe County stir musings about yesteryear. More
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Show-Me Freaks of Nature

bony, distressed-looking dog or coyote with no hair
Discover nature with Halloween tricks and treats from MDC, including our field guide of Missouri’s wild things, both real and imagined. More
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... In all the wrong places

Four Conservation Department employees subdue a mature whitetail buck.
One deer's search for love led him to the Conservation's central office. More
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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. More

Blue Catfish: Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Blue Catfish Display
Blue catfish display shows sizes and numbers anglers could catch and keep under proposed regulations. More
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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. More
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Where’s your place?

A golden retriever frolics on a sandbar laced with flowing water.
Everone has a favorite outdoor spot. Where's yours? More
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The Wearing of the Orange

Hunter Education
Archers and gun hunters alike should use extra caution during the new alternative-methods portion of firearms deer season. More
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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. More
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Little Armored One

Image of an armadillo
Although generally harmless, armadillos can become a nuisance in home landscapes when their digging leaves scattered holes and dirt piles. More
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MDC Nature Centers offer cool place to Discover Nature during summer heat

girl with hummingbird
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. More

Snakebytes

Image of an osage copperhead
Missourians' risk of death by snakebite is on par with the odds of being struck by falling space debris. More
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Nature at Night

A picture of the full moon taken through a telescope.
There's never a bad time to discover nature. More
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A Frog Symphony

My first time swimming in a creek, I was serenaded with the sounds of a frog symphony. More
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The Low-Down on Blackberries

A bucket containing glossy blackberries sits in front of a blackberry patch.
This is one case where it pays to set your sights low. More
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Family Afield

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

Photo Fascination

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

Up on the Roof

Master Naturalists and MDC volunteers give a green roof a facelift. More
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Homefield Advantage for Conservation With the Springfield Cardinals

MDC Education Day 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. More

Dive-bombed by a Martin

I was dive-bombed by a beautiful, iridescent, dark blue bird...but what was it? More
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Turkey Season Almost Here

Wild Turkeys
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. More
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Wappapello Bioblitz Turns Up Plant-Animal Hybrid

Bryan Morelli, standing in water, holds a MoZoan.
Genetic mix-up could enable Missourians to gather a limit of crappie and a mess of mushrooms without leaving their boats. More

Cooking With the Iron Men of Boy Scout Troop 4

Pecan muffins, anyone?
Members of this Jefferson City troop made culinary memories last weekend. More
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Tick Alert!

Warm weather has brought ticks back with a vengeance. More
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Life Finds A Way

Callery pears along highway roadside.
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. More

A Suprise in the Garden

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

A Champion In Your Own Backyard

Champion trees are all around us. More
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Calendar Elm

A chainsaw and a tape measure are resting on the stump of a large elm tree
Yard work, astrophysics and archaeology meet in my back yard. More
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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. More
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Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact Brings the Pain!

This poacher lost his hunting privileges until age 92! More
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Drama at the Birdfeeder

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