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Bird Songs: Nature’s Soundtrack

May 02, 2016

No one knows if birds really sing for joy, but we do know birds have other good reasons for singing.

Photo of an American Robin

Of a Certain Age

Apr 25, 2016

Journeying to exotic places and riding the wind are part of life for some animals. But a first birthday is not!

Image of a monarch

The Swallowtails’ Tale

Apr 18, 2016

In nature no insect is quite like the swallowtail.

Photo of a Black Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread

Spring Awakening

Apr 11, 2016

Our forests come alive this time of year, replacing winter’s dormancy with swelling buds, new leaves and a carpet of wildflowers. Forests are energy factories.

wild plum

Mussel Up!

Apr 04, 2016

Freshwater mussels are cold, wet and clammy, and their shells may seem more glamorous than the animals inside.

Zebra Mussel

Be Bear Aware

Mar 28, 2016

Black bears are making a comeback in Missouri’s forests. To know and understand them helps to appreciate and protect them.

Two black bears walking in the woods

Rockin’ Robins

Mar 21, 2016

With the first warm weather of March, robins return to our lawns and gardens, and are one of our best indicators that spring has arrived!

Robin chicks getting fed by a parent.

Chorus of Frogs

Mar 14, 2016

You may look for your first robin as a sign of spring, but the voices of frogs rise through the air and speak clearly of warmer days.

Photo of a western chorus frog

The Heron’s Nest

Mar 07, 2016

Herons nest in colonies called “rookeries” that are usually located in places isolated from disturbance. Herons often select mature sycamore trees along streams as rookery sites.

Photo of great blue heron

Woodcock Wonderment

Feb 29, 2016

Usually, the one way to find a woodcock is to follow close behind a dog with a good nose. But in March, woodcocks emerge from hiding and do a dramatic sky dance that announces the end of winter.

photo of American woodcock

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