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Wacky Woodpeckers

Oct 27, 2014

Their humorous way of doing things has made them a mainstay in cartoons. But did you know the woodpecker plays a serious role in the ecosystems of Missouri’s forests?

Pileated Wookpecker

How Do Fall Colors Come to Be?

Oct 20, 2014

Look out your window. See that in the trees? The colors of autumn are dominating the Missouri landscape.

Hartsburg Fall Color

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.


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.


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.


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?


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


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