Content tagged with "Species of Conservation Concern"

Photo of a male greater prairie-chicken in courtship display

Greater Prairie-Chicken (Displaying Male)

Now endangered in Missouri, prairie-chickens breed from March through May. Cocks visit booming grounds (leks), where they dance, call, and fight among themselves. Hens visit the lek and select the most fit mate; mating occurs on the lek during April.

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Alligator Snapping Turtle

Macrochelys temminckii
In Missouri, alligator snapping turtles are protected, and it is illegal to harvest them.

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American Burying Beetle

The American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) used to be common but is now a critically endangered species. It only occurs in a few places in the United States. The Saint Louis Zoo, with other conservation institutions including MDC, has a captive breeding program and is working to restore this species to the wild.

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American burying beetle

American Burying Beetle

Nicrophorus americanus
This brightly patterned beetle specializes in cleaning carrion from the landscape, burying dead mice, birds, and other creatures. It is endangered in our nation and in our state, and restoration efforts are under way.

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arrowwood viburnum

Arrowwood Viburnum (Southern Arrow Wood)

Viburnum dentatum
This lovely shrub is critically imperiled in Missouri, but the white flower clusters and dark blue berries make it a great choice for landscaping.

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Bachman's Sparrow

Aimophila aestivalis
This large, ground-nesting sparrow is listed as Endangered in Missouri, where its historic habitat is in decline.

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Taxidea taxus
Excellent diggers, badgers are powerful predators of rodents in grasslands and other open areas. Identify them by their brawny build, impressive digging claws and the black and white pattern on their faces.

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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus
A U.S. national symbol, the mature bald eagle is unmistakable with its dark brown body, yellow bill, and white head and tail. It soars with wings held flat and can have a 7-foot wingspan.

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Bald Eagle (Immature)

Young bald eagles are nomadic during their first four years of life. They explore over hundreds of miles, dispersing, seeking territories of their own. They acquire adult plumage at about age 5. Bald eagles can live for more than 30 years.

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Bald Eagle Flapping

The bald eagle’s return to the Lower 48 is a conservation success story. From a low in the 1950s of about 3,000 nesting pairs, there are now about 10,000 pairs of bald eagles nesting in the Lower 48. That’s about half as many that nested here historically.

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