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Meet Bobwhite

Jun 29, 2015

Meet Bobwhite. Bobwhite is a popular fellow. In spring and summer across fields, fencerows and croplands, Bob whistles his name. He sounds cheerful, but Bobwhite’s life is often short and filled with hardship.

Photo of male northern bobwhite

Gawking at the Great Blue Heron

Jun 22, 2015

If you’re vacationing at the lake and you spot a peculiar-looking blue bird on the shore, there’s no need to do a double take. You’re looking at a great blue heron.

Photo of great blue heron

Here Come the Cicadas

Jun 15, 2015

Cicadas are stocky, bug-eyed insects that make that buzzing, pulsating noise on summer days.

2015 Cicadas

“Toad”-ally Fascinating Toads

Jun 08, 2015

People used to joke about kissing toads, and in truth, they do taste bad.

American toad

Grass: The Long and Short of It

Jun 01, 2015

Warmer temperatures and spring showers bring a plethora of green to our Missouri landscape. Look out your window. Grass is thriving!

Photo of poverty grass clump amid fallen autumn leaves.

Flower Power

May 25, 2015

Flowers add grace and beauty to our lives, and produce seeds for the plant’s next generation. But early plants had no flowers. In fact, flowers developed as insects used plants and plants used insects.

Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

Down the Rabbit Hole

May 18, 2015

Spring has burst out all over—not only in plants, but in an explosion of baby animals. You don’t have to venture far to observe this activity, much of it takes place in your own backyard.

Cottontail rabbit sitting in grass

Wild Moms

May 11, 2015

Every year around Mother’s Day, nature’s moms are busy feeding, caring for and sheltering their young.

Opossum in snow

Five Things in Nature for Cinco de Mayo

May 04, 2015

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! To get in the spirit, here are five things happening in nature to view and celebrate.

blue catfish

The Dish on Paddlefish

Apr 27, 2015

Name a fish that can weigh nearly the same as a kindergartener, live for more than two or three decades, and has an undeniably large nose. Did the paddlefish come to mind?

Swimming paddlefish

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