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Black Hickory

Carya texana
This tree is also called the Ozark pignut hickory. Its nut, like that of the pignut hickory (Carya glabra), has a tough husk that is doggone hard to crack. Because rural Ozarkers noticed their rooting hogs had no trouble extracting the sweet kernels, both species came to be called "pignut hickories." More

Blackspotted Topminnow

Image of a 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. More

Bleeding Shiner

bleeding shiner
Luxilus zonatus
Like several other shiners found in clear Ozark streams, male bleeding shiners sport brilliant red during breeding season, especially May and early June. Check your identification by the presence of a dark, crescent bar behind the gill cover, and the dark stripe that abruptly narrows just behind the gill opening. More


Image of a bowfin
Amia calva
The bowfin is the only living species remaining in its family. Its closest relatives appear as fossils that lived 180 million years ago. More

Boys Hope Girls Hope Conservation Project

Boys Hope Girls Hope Conservation Project
MDC teamed with other conservation partners to develop a native tree and plant landscape at Boys Hope Girls Hope headquarters in Bridgeton. Project partners included MDC, BHGH, Missouri Master Naturalist Confluence Chapter, Shaw Nature Reserve, and Forest ReLeaf. More

Brightside St. Louis Native Demonstration Garden

Brightside St. Louis Native Demonstration Garden
The native demonstration garden at Brightside St. Louis is an example of the kinds of conservation projects MDC is seeking for its Community Conservation and Back to Nature StL grants. The application period for both is open now through Sept. 12, 2014. More

Broad-Headed Skink

Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves
Plestiodon laticeps
This large, harmless, smooth-scaled lizard lives along the edge of forests and woodlots. It often makes its home in a large dead tree, sometimes using abandoned woodpecker holes or other cavities. More