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The Great Migration

Oct 13, 2014

It’s time to get out those binoculars and get ready for some intense bird watching! Waterfowl migration will soon take over Missouri skies.

Snowgoose

Fall’s Best Fruit: Persimmon

Oct 06, 2014

Pumpkins, apples, cranberries … we can smell the pies and cookies baking already! But one commonly overlooked fruit you should definitely add to your fall cookbooks is the persimmon.

Persimmon

Hungry Birds

Sep 29, 2014

Have you been looking for a new hobby as of late? Have you ever thought of making your own homemade birdfeeder?

Tufted Titmouse

Oh, My, Meanders!

Sep 22, 2014

Do you and your pals enjoy floating down rivers and streams? Or are you more of an adventurous canoer? Either way, venturing out on Missouri’s many bodies of water is a fantastic way to experience another aspect of nature.

River

All About Antlers

Sep 15, 2014

One of the most magnificent parts of a deer–and a defining trademark that separates it from its other four-legged counterparts–are its antlers. Many people can’t help but wonder: How do they come to be?

Elk

The Skinny on Snakes

Sep 08, 2014

Despite their slithery nature, scaly skin and downright scary appearance, snakes play a vital role in Missouri’s ecosystem.

Red Milk Snake

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

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