Content tagged with "Summer"

Image of a box elder tree

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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Boy Uses Underwater Viewer

A young boy uses a homemade underwater viewer-made out of a coffee can, some tape and plastic wrap-to view fish and other underwater creatures in a creek.

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Bradford Farm Field Day Highlights Quail Management

On June 18, 2009, from 3 to 8 p.m. the Bradford Research and Extension Center east of Columbia, Mo., will host a Bobwhite Quail/Native Plant Field Day.

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Branch flagging on chinquapin oak

Branch Flagging

Branch flagging on chinquapin oak.

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Photo of tree-branch flagging

Branch Flagging Slide Show

This tree displays branch flagging, which can have many causes. In this case, female periodical cicadas cut the tree's twigs with their ovipositors in the process of laying their eggs. The small cuts weakened the twigs, which turned brown, then broke during strong winds.

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Photo of biologist holding a broad-banded watersnake

Broad-Banded Water Snake

People often mistaken nonvenomous broad-banded water snakes for western cottonmouths. In the marsh, these harmless snakes typically eat fish and frogs.

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Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves

Broad-Headed Skink

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.

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Brood Habitat: Where the Bugs Are

Weedy brood habitat is best for bugs and bobwhites.

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