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Conniving Cowbirds

Aug 25, 2014

One of a bird’s many talents is its ability to build the nest in which they lay their eggs. But in the case of the Brown-Headed Cowbird, a talent that distinguishes them from their avian counterparts is one of sheer trickery.

Brown-Headed Male Cowbird

Seeds That Flee

Aug 18, 2014

The next time you pick a dandelion from the ground, make a wish and blow its seeds into the wind, remember this: You’re playing a vital role in how a dandelion reproduces in new habitats.

Spotted Touch-me-not Jewelweed

Brawny, Burrowing Badgers

Aug 11, 2014

Just think: If badgers could help us with our gardening activities, our plants would always be in tip-top shape.

Badger

The Awesome Opossum

Aug 04, 2014

You don’t have to travel “down under” to see a pouched animal.  Missouri has the opossum, a tree climbing, baby-on-board carrying, creature of the night.

Female Opossum

Katy Did, Katy Didn’t

Jul 28, 2014

As spring warms to summer nature makes new sounds. The evening’s toad and frog chorus makes way for a symphony of insect sounds. One of the loudest and most familiar calls belongs to the katydids.

True Katydid

Fawning Over Deer Fawns

Jul 21, 2014

The delicate features of a deer fawn always seem to bring an “ooh” from even the gruffest of folks. A fawn’s endearing look of helplessness has caused many to be taken from the wild.

Deer Fawns

All About Bullfrogs

Jul 14, 2014

A deep, bellowing “jug-of-rum” call resounds through the hot night air from a nearby pond. And, you understand how the bullfrog got its name.

Bullfrog

Natural Camouflage

Jul 07, 2014

People can buy camouflage clothing in patterns that blend with cattails, tree bark or even snow.  Wild animals don’t need to worry about camouflage because most of them have it built in.

Walking Stick

Wild About Wild Fruits

Jul 01, 2014

Wildlife and people alike enjoy the delicacies growing wild for the picking in nearby woods and fields.

Wild Berries

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