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Glade Coneflower

Photo of glade coneflower flowerhead showing yellow pollen
Echinacea simulata
One of Missouri’s five types of echinacea, glade coneflower is distinguished by its yellow pollen, drooping pink or purple ray flowers, and narrow, tapering leaves. Look for it in the eastern Ozarks, and at native plant nurseries! More

Go on the prowl for owls with MDC at Runge Nature Center

Great Horned Owl
Discover nature and explore the fascinating lives of these winged nighttime hunters from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 23. More

Goat’s Beard

Photo of goat's beard plant with flower clusters
Aruncus dioicus
Goat’s beard is named for its bold, branching, plumelike clusters of flowers. Look for it growing in rich soils in low woods and north-facing slopes, bases of bluffs, and other moist places in the southeastern half of our state. More

Golden Crayfish

Image of a golden crayfish
Orconectes luteus
This wide-ranging species is quite variable in color, but it is typically olive-green suffused with golden yellow. The antennae and many body parts are trimmed with bright red. A dark band crosses the head just in front of the cervical groove, and another crosses the carapace at its junction with the abdomen. More

Golden Redhorse

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Moxostoma erythrurum
The golden redhorse is a smaller-bodied sucker with large scales and a short dorsal fin. The lower lip is broken into parallel folds, and the rear margin of the lower lip forms a V-shaped angle. More

Golden Seal

Photo of golden seal plant with flower
Hydrastis canadensis
Large, crinkled, palmately 5-lobed leaves distinguish golden seal, which occurs in moist woods in the Ozarks and Central Missouri. Populations have been declining due to root diggers. More

Graham's Crayfish Snake

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Regina grahamii
This medium-sized, dull-colored, semiaquatic snake is known from prairie streams, marshes, and ponds. Like most other snakes associated with water, it is often misidentified as a cottonmouth and needlessly killed. More

Grass Pickerel

Color illustration of grass pickerel, a long, narrow fish
Esox americanus
The most common and widely distributed pike in Missouri is also the smallest. Adults seldom exceed 10 or 12 inches in length. More

Great Plains Ratsnake (Great Plains Rat Snake)

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Pantherophis emoryi
This member of the ratsnake group is seldom seen. It has numerous brown blotches along the body, a brown eye stripe, and a spearpoint marking on top of the head. More

Great Plains Toad

Image of a great plains toad
Anaxyrus cognatus
Unlike other true toads in Missouri, the Great Plains toad has a raised hump (called a “boss”) between the eyes. Look for it along the Missouri River floodplain, from the Iowa border to about Hermann. More