Field Guide

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Bottomland forest
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FIELD GUIDE A-Z
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Learn about the habitat, diet, and life cycle of Missouri's animals, plants, and mushrooms.
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What To Look For Right Now
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Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico and the US southwest in the fall. Their numbers have been declining. People just like you are helping to protect this species and restore its habitat.

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Asters decorate fall landscapes and provide important pollen and nectar sources for many insects, including fall-migrating butterflies. Missouri has 24 species of New World asters.

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Opossum young that were born in May are weaned in September. Look for these little ones out on their own.

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Missouri’s fall color season begins in September, and our five native dogwoods provide early, rich reds, maroons, and purples, along with attractive red, white, or blue fruits.

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Field Guide Search