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Arborist Ryan Russell goes out on a limb to keep trees healthy.

Arborist Ryan Russel has a Wild Job

Arborist Ryan Russell has a wild job.  He climbs trees for a living.

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Attend backyard bird workshop at MDC Sedalia office

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Get tips on attracting backyard birds on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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blackeyed susan

Attend upcoming workshops on landscaping with Missouri plants

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Seating is limited for February workshops at Lake Ozark and March ones in Columbia.

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Attend workshops in Columbia on landscaping with native plants

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Registration deadline is Feb. 29. Seating is limited.

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Image of a banded scuplin

Banded Sculpin

Cottus carolinae
This rather strange-looking freshwater fish belongs to a family and an order whose members are mostly marine — and indeed, the banded sculpin looks quite a bit like its cousins, which sometimes end up in saltwater aquariums.

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Become a Master Naturalist for Camden-County area

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Attend orientation on Feb. 13 in Camdenton for classes Feb. 27 to May 21.

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Photo of a belted crayfish, also called Big River crayfish.

Belted Crayfish (Big River Crayfish)

Orconectes harrisoni
The belted crayfish is medium-small, tan, with a distinctive pattern of alternating olive-green and reddish-brown bands on the abdominal segments. It is found only in the Big River and its tributaries.

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Black Carp

Mylopharyngodon piceus
This large, invasive carp from Asia eats mussels and snails and can damage populations of native mollusks. It is illegal to transport live black carp across state lines.

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Illustration of black hickory compound leaf and fruit.

Black Hickory

Carya texana
Black hickory is also called the Ozark pignut hickory. Its nut, like that of the pignut hickory (Carya glabra), is awfully hard to crack. Because rural Ozarkers noticed their hogs had no trouble extracting the sweet kernels, both species came to be called "pignut hickories."

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Blackspotted Topminnow

Fundulus olivaceus
This sleek, swift little fish lives in the quiet, clear sections of rivers mostly south of the Missouri River. Topminnows have a habit of skimming along just beneath the surface of the water.

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