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Free fishing on Saturday at Bass Pro in Columbia.

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Enjoy Free Fishing Days at Bass Pro.

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Free pond management workshop in Westphalia on March 29

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Learn about building a new pond or managing an existing one.

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Photo of Fremont’s leather flower

Fremont’s Leather Flower

Clematis fremontii
The only non-climbing clematis in the state, Fremont’s leather flower is a shrubby perennial with bell-shaped flowers. It grows on open glades in the eastern part of Missouri and in southwestern Missouri’s Ozark County.

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French Grass

Orbexilum onobrychis (formerly Psoralea onobrychis)
Looking absolutely nothing like a grass, French grass, a legume, bears upright spikes of pale purple flowers on long stems from the leaf axils. The leaves are trifoliate, resembling those of soybeans.

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Glade Coneflower

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!

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Great Horned Owl

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

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

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Photo of goat's beard plant with flower clusters

Goat’s Beard

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.

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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.

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