The brown, starlike, spreading flowers of climbing milkweed differ from those of other milkweeds, but milky sap, warty pods with silk-tasseled seeds, and the structures in the center of the flowers show its true alliance.
Members of the Missouri Conservation Commission and the director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on Monday (June 13) dedicated the new MDC Kansas City regional office and headquarters for the James A. Reed Memorial Conservation Area.
Alder is a good plant to know—its flowers and fruits are eaten by wildlife, its thick roots prevent erosion while enriching the soil, its bark has a long history of medical uses and the dried female catkins, which look like tiny pinecones, are useful in craft projects and in jewelry!
Princibally found in central and west-central Missouri in short, direct tributaries of the Missouri River, this minnow is very similar to the striped shiner, only it lacks dusty sprinkles of pigment on its chin and (except for breeding males) lacks dark lines on the upper part of its body.
The Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center at 4750 Troost Ave. brings nature and outdoor activities to the heart of Kansas City, such as a compass course in the native landscape garden. The center will celebrate a 10-year anniversary in the spring.
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources. We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature.