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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Photo of a big cluster of Christmas fern fronds lying on the ground
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Often the only green thing on winter’s wooded slopes. The fronds hold fallen leaves to the ground, speeding their decomposition, enriching the soil.

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A favorite of many! Red-bellied woodpeckers visit bird feeders in winter for sunflower seeds and suet.

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Common hackberry bark closup showing texture
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Time for winter tree identification! Hackberry bark has distinctive corky, warty projections that join into ridges with age.

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This common shrub bears dense clusters of pinkish-red berries that persist into winter. Stick some sprigs in your holiday wreaths.

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