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Field day offered for managing loess hills timber and prairie

Examining Plants at a Loess Hills Prairie

Fish kill reported at Lake Contrary in St. Joseph

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For unique views and wildflowers, climb a loess hill prairie

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Steve Bubeck examines lavender blooms of locoweed
Unusual wildflowers are blooming at the Brickyard Hill Conservation Area in Atchison County. More

Get free trees and more at MDC Arbor Day celebration in St. Joseph

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planting a seedling
Attend free family event on April 14 at MDC Northwest Regional Office. More

Graham's Crayfish Snake

Image of graham's crayfish snake
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

Gray Partridge

Perdix perdix
Introduced from Eurasia and uncommon in Missouri, the gray partridge is a favorite of gamebird hunters. More

Great Plains Ratsnake (Great Plains Rat Snake)

Image of a Great Plains ratsnake
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 Skink

Plestiodon obsoletus
A tan or light brown lizard with most of the scales edged in black, making it look speckled. These markings may form irregular lines along the back and sides. In Missouri, found only in our far western and southwestern counties. 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

Greater Prairie-Chicken

Photo of a male greater prairie-chicken in courtship display
Tympanuchus cupido
This rare bird breeds in select grasslands in the spring, filling the air with their unusual booming calls. With their numbers dwindling, prairie-chickens need strong conservation support. More