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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Image of an ovenbird
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In forests, even on the hottest afternoons, listen for a loud, ringing “TEACHer-TEACHer-TEACHer-TEACHer!”

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Photo of several purple coneflower plants in bloom
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Purple coneflowers bloom in sunny, open habitats. Butterflies, bees, and gardeners love them.

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Water boatman
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While you’re cooling off in the water, look for nifty aquatic bugs living among the plants near the shore.

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Blackberries on plant in prairie, some are ripe and black, a few unripe and bright red
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Delectable comestibles! Make sure to leave some blackberries for the birds and other wildlife.

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Field Guide Search