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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Oh, hallelujah! Signs of spring! Red maple should start blooming by the end of February. The small flowers glow brilliant red as winter ends.

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Photo of a horned lark on snowy ground.
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One of our earliest nesting birds. Look for courtship displays in open agricultural country. The male flies up several hundred feet, then zooms to the ground.

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Common script lichen growing on shagbark hickory bark
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Are these the poems of tiny elves? Common script lichen is a very common crustose species that lives on smooth-barked trees like shagbark hickories.

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Hundreds of snow geese fly across a partly cloudy sky at Loess Bluffs NWR
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Snow geese are migrating northward. Listen for their cries, then look for their V-shaped lines. Visit a large wetlands to see thousands of them.

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