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What’s This Thing in My Yard?

Every spring I get a few contacts about a strange object in someone’s yard.

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Attracting Bright Orange Birds to Your Feeder

For eye-popping color, it’s hard to beat Baltimore orioles (called northern orioles for a while, then back to the earlier name).

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Help Toddlers Discover Nature

Anyone who wants to have an impact on keeping a healthy natural world can begin at home by introducing young children or grandchildren to the outdoors.

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Drought and Deer Disease

The coincidence of this blog and what I found on a walk along a creek where we live is quite bizarre.

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Southeast MO Youth Conservation Corps

I asked Phil Helfrich, community outreach specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, what’s happening with the Youth Conservation Corps that he’s been working on with such dedication for the past few years with Fisheries Biologist Chris Kennedy in Southeast Missouri.

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Cicadas and Their Killers

The middle of July through August is the time that we should be hearing annual, or dog-day, cicadas whining in the treetops around sunset.

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Unusual Summer Insects

Unusual summer insects that you may be seeing around your yard or property.

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Abundant Dragonflies

Dragonflies have been massing in recent weeks, some for long-distance migration.

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The Spice of Life

Frequently Missourians send me photos of various caterpillars, and they usually ask me to identify them. One of the more interesting ones is the caterpillar of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus). It is a common species in the Ozarks but less so in other Missouri regions.

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They're As Big As Soccer Balls!

Giant puffball fungi are prevalent this fall.

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