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Large-Flowered Gaura (Butterfly Flower; Longflower Beeblossom)

Oenothera filiformis (formerly Gaura longiflora, G. biennis)
Large-flowered gaura is a tall plant whose white flowers turn pinkish as they age. Four petals point upward, then bend back, and 8 stamens droop downward. The flowers look something like small butterflies. More

Least Weasel

Photo of least weasel
Mustela nivalis
This mouse-sized weasel is found only in Missouri’s northern counties, and abundance varies locally and seasonally, depending on fluctuating rodent numbers—their favorite food. More

Lined Snake

Image of a lined snake
Tropidoclonion lineatum
This small, secretive snake looks similar to a garter snake. It is mainly brown to grayish brown, with three lighter-colored stripes down the length of its body and a distinctive double row of half-moon-shaped markings along the belly. More

Loess Hills Prairies

Examining Plants at a Loess Hills Prairie
Loess hills prairies are scenic, serve wildlife, and often host wildflowers and grasses rare in Missouri. This prairie is at Brickyard Hill Conservation Area in Atchison County in northwest Missouri. More

Loess hills prairies offer wildflower rarities

Star School Prairie

Massasauga (Massasauga Rattlesnake; Eastern Massasauga)

Image of a massasauga
Sistrurus catenatus
This shy, reclusive, nonaggressive rattlesnake used to live in floodplain wetlands of the Mississippi, Missouri and Grand rivers, but as those wetlands have been drained and destroyed, the massasauga has disappeared with them. Now it is an endangered species. More

Master Naturalist chapter forming in St. Joseph

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Northwest Missourians have opportunity to help nature and education projects in region. More

McGee CA Dedication

sign unveiling for McGee Family Conservation Area
Helping with the sign unveiling for the McGee Family Conservation Area are (l-r) MDC Director Bob Ziehmer and McGee family members Thomas R. McGee Jr., Lucy Shields Cook, Amy Shields and Molly McGee. Standing in the background is MDC Wildlife Regional Supervisor Mitch Miller. More

MDC confirms photo of mountain lion in DeKalb County

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Mountain Lion in DeKalb County
Widely scattered sightings have been confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue. More

MDC creates fish habitat at Smithville Lake

MDC creates fish habitat at Smithville Lake
MDC staff and volunteers create new fish habitat at Smithville Lake by sinking trees at key locations near the lake shore. More