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Toad or Frog?

Feb 23, 2015

Toads and frogs: You see and hear them near water and wooded areas. But how can you differentiate between these two amphibians that are vital to our ecosystem?

American toad

The (Bird’s) Eyes Have It

Feb 16, 2015

Birds, in general, see well. Birds of prey probably see better than any other living creature. They can see as much as eight times better than we can. Owls, which are active at night, can find mice in light 10 to 100 times dimmer than that needed by the human eye.

Long Eared Owl peers through the branches of a pine tree

Cats: Pet or Predator?

Feb 09, 2015

Cats’ soft “meows” and lovable grazes make them one of the most popular house pets. But the little balls of fur have an ulterior motive many people tend to ignore.

Black Barn Cat

Nature’s Ultimate Copycat

Feb 03, 2015

“If that mockingbird don’t sing, Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.”

Northern MockingBird

The Groundhog Way

Jan 26, 2015

On February 2 Americans will intensely be watching the movements of one particular groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil.

Upright Woodchuck

‘Owl at the Moon

Jan 19, 2015

Owls liven up the winter evenings in Missouri. In fact, Missourians are more likely to see owls out and about and hear them hooting now more than any other time of the year.

The Hills Are Alive … with the Sounds of Winter

Jan 12, 2015

Grab your coat, scarf and gloves (maybe even your earmuffs and hand warmers, too), and get outside to take in the true sounds of the season.

Perched Blue Jay

Ravenous Raccoons

Jan 05, 2015

If there were a competition to determine which animal would best outsmart humans, the raccoon would definitely win.


What a Hoot!

Dec 29, 2014

Owls: A bird you hear at night but rarely catch a glimpse of during the day. What’s the story with this ever-elusive fowl?

Great Horned Owl

Forever Evergreens

Dec 22, 2014

Evergreen trees are a staple in Missouri’s winter landscape. But what’s the story behind their existence and their place in holiday culture?

Snowy Pine


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