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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Dry brown post oak leaf being held up against a blue sky
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Post oak is easy to identify by its cross-shaped leaves. Look for them on the ground as you hike.

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Orange and tan turkey tail bracket fungi on a log at Painted Rock Conservation Area
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Turkey tails and other fungi beautify autumn woods the way wildflowers do in spring.

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Clusters of bright red fruits of American bittersweet against a blue sky
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Decorative clusters of bright red fruits dangle on American bittersweet vines.

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male wild turkey
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A valuable game bird, but also a splendid, iridescent bronze relative of peacocks and pheasants.

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