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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Tick trefoil sticktights on denim fabric
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Sticktights, or beggar’s ticks, collect on the pants legs of hikers. Wintertime hikers know these are much better than actual ticks.

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Photo of cut-leaf grape fern in January, showing red color
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The fleshy leaves of cut-leaf grape fern turn reddish brown in fall and persist through the winter. They’re really noticeable against dry, tan vegetation.

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A line of eastern red cedars showing bronze or reddish foliage
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Eastern red cedar is our only widespread native juniper. Its short, evergreen needles turn reddish bronze after the first hard frosts and stay reddish through winter.

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Image of a dark-eyed junco
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It’s astonishing how small birds like juncos can survive winter. To make body heat, they need plenty of food. To preserve their warmth, they fluff their feathers for insulation.

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