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Color Them Pretty

Sep 14, 2015

In nature, color has a purpose. Seasonal decorations can help some animals distinguish males from females. 

Photo of male mallard in flight

Like a Nighthawk

Sep 07, 2015

Watch for flying bull-bats, a nickname for the common nighthawk in the September sky. Nighthawks are not “hawks” and also fly during daylight hours. Their loud calls will jar the night.

Artwork of a nighthawk

Dynamic Darters

Aug 31, 2015

Next time you see a fish swimming around erratically, it might not be because they are hungry or because they are being chased by another fish. They might simply be living up to their name.

Color illustration of Swamp Darter

The Roadkill Files

Aug 24, 2015

As streets and highways invade more and more animal habitats, the number of road-killed animals rises.

Photograph of a striped skunk walking

In the Land of Ladybugs

Aug 17, 2015

They go by names such as the lady beetle or ladybird beetle, but you may be most familiar with one.

image of Four-Spotted Lady Beetle on a leaf

Nature’s Masquerade Ball

Aug 10, 2015

All wildlife seeks to survive. But rather than hiding from predators, some harmless animals flaunt their presence. They can be so bold because they resemble other animals that taste bad or cause them harm.

Photo of red-femured milkweed borer beetle on milkweed leaf

Getting Antsy

Aug 03, 2015

“The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah…”

You see them as they scurry about the driveways, lawns and sidewalks, maybe even in your home. Ants seem to be everywhere. All ant species live in societies, and each society is headed by a queen.

image of Odorous House Ants

Crawdad Country

Jul 27, 2015

Move over, lobster! Missouri is crawdad country. While coastal lobsters are famous all over, their downsized relative, the crawdad, lives in obscurity right here in Midwestern waters.

Photo of a freckled crayfish.

Survival Skills

Jul 20, 2015

Life among nature’s creatures is not all sweetness and delight. There are conflicts in the wild over food, nest sites and mates. And these conflicts can result in life or death.

Photo of a red-tailed hawk soaring

Grasshopper Calling!

Jul 13, 2015

Did you know there’s an unofficial song of summer? And it comes from one particular insect.

image of Admirable Grasshopper on grass stem

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