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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Northern Cardinal
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With cold weather setting in, it’s time to put up bird-feeding stations. Common winter backyard birds in Missouri include the northern cardinal.

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Photo of prairie milkweed, or tall green milkweed, fruits.
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Milkweed pods open and begin releasing seeds on tiny silken parachutes. If you want to plant milkweeds to help monarchs, now’s the time to harvest some seeds. Missouri has many species.

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Photo of a bur oak acorn attached to the tree
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Once on the ground, forest tree nuts, especially acorns and hickory nuts, are a favorite ― and critical ― food source for deer, turkey, and many other animals.

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Soon after the first killing frost, three-toed box turtles dig into leaf litter and soil and go dormant to survive winter.

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Field Guide Search