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 this month
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A valuable but undersung, drought-tolerant native wildflower. In winter, its bristly round flower heads can be used in dried floral arrangements.

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Photo of blue jay perched on branch
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Blue jays visit bird feeders in winter. Bird watchers enjoy their lovely blue hues and their colorful, sassy attitudes.

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Illustration of shortleaf pine needles, twig, cones.
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Missouri’s only native pine was once widespread in the Ozarks. After decades of efforts, shortleaf pine woodlands are coming back.

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Trunks and fallen logs showing gnaw marks of beaver
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In winter, beaver eat mostly woody plants, including the bark, new twigs, and new bark growth of a variety of trees and woody vines.

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