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Bluebird on nest box

A bluebird perches at the opening of a bluebird nest box. Plans for building a box like this are available from the Department.

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Boreal Chorus Frog

Boreal Chorus Frog

Boreal chorus frog on pond's edge.

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Born to be Wild

See Missouri mammals up close and born to be wild!

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Bowfin Factoid

After the fun of field work follows the drudgery of data entry. It is the necessary evil of collecting and utilizing information. However, this is all part of the scientific process and can lead to further understanding of the ecology of critters. Over the last few weeks I came across some Duck Creek history and a couple cool nuggets of knowledge from previous research that I thought I'd pass on.

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Box Elder

Commonly mistaken for poison ivy vine, the box elder is a tree with three to seven divided leaves, and the leaflets are pinnate like a feather. Leaves are also opposite (not alternate) on a stem.

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Young Boy flies kite

Boy Flies Kite

Vallorie Francis took this photo of her son, Trusten, flying a kite on their farm in Edgerton, MO. Francis said this was the first kite for Trusten, who is the second youngest of Francis' seven children. "He was so excited on that windy day to fly his first kite, because his younger brother was taking a namp and his older siblings weren't home from school, yet," said Francis. "That meant he had it all to himself for a couple of hours." Francis said Trusten has always been an outdoor boy. "He can usually be found outside, in a mud puddle or a dirt pile," Said Francis. "As a family, we go mushroom hunting in the spring, bike riding, fishing and keep big gardens."

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