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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Red maple bright red flower cluster blooming against a blue sky
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Red maples may start blooming on warm days this month. Squirrels nip off the flowers and lick the sweet sap that oozes from the twigs.

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Red fox standing and looking to side
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The height of red fox breeding season is January and February. Females give a shrill squall, and males answer with two or three short barks.

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Photo of harbinger of spring flower clusters with coin to show size
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What a welcome sight! This small woodland wildflower is a sign that we’ve turned the corner on winter. It’s in the carrot-parsley family.

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Eagle nest in sycamore at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, February 18, 2017
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Look for our national symbol near lakes, rivers, and marshes. With the trees still bare, you can easily see their gigantic nests from a distance.

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