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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Butterflies are visiting newly opened flowers. The great spangled fritillary is common and easily recognized. Look for it in yards and gardens.

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Robin parent at nest overlooking four begging young, bills wide open
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May is a peak month for bird nesting in Missouri. Breeding birds eat large quantities of insects and other small invertebrates. The robin is only one example.

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Dried cottonwood fruit cluster on a sandy river bank
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Cottonwood trees release their cottony seeds. Our fastest-growing native tree towers majestically in lowlands near streams and helps stabilize river banks.

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Prairie ragwort, single blooming flowerhead
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In woodlands, prairies, byways, and riversides, there’s a ragwort blooming near you. We have several species of these bright yellow daisy-like flowers.

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