Tag Archives: Missouri

April Fools: The mimickers of the animal kingdom

Happy April Fools Day everyone! I’ve never been much of a pranker myself, but there are plenty of animal tricksters out there. Unlike us, they don’t try to trick others for fun. They do it for survival! Some animals mimic … Continue reading

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Recognizing Our Native Unstung Heroes

When you hear the word “bee,” I bet you think of the fuzzy, honey-making honeybee. But did you know that we have many different native species of bees here in the Midwest and around the country? In fact, there are … Continue reading

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Creating a Buzz about the Sweet Lives of Honeybees

I remember going out on sunny days and watching bees fly in and out of their hive; legs heavy with orange, yellow, red, or white pollen (Figure 1). If you haven’t guessed, our post today is about honeybees. Honeybees (Apis … Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Non-native Kind

Let’s talk about plant invasions. You know the story. Spores of alien plants fall to Earth in meteors. The terrifying plants then stalk and attack mankind (Figure 1). Well, okay. Our plants are not from outer space, and they don’t … Continue reading

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How to Attract Beautiful Winter Birds to Your Feeders

As winter approaches, we are not the only ones feeling the chill. Many birds have migrated south, but some are well adapted to the cold. One of the joys of winter, in my opinion, is seeing all these birds on … Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves: the latest in fall fashion

This time of year, you hopefully admire the changing colors. Deep greens are turning into vibrant reds, flaming oranges, golden yellows and dusky browns. (See Figure 1) Personally, it’s one of my favorite seasons. But, have you ever wondered what … Continue reading

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Darters: Little Fish, Big Personality

Many people are familiar with the Walleye, Yellow Perch and Sauger, but may not know about their smaller relatives, the Darters. Darters are often mistaken for young sport fish, but most of these little guys don’t get much bigger than … Continue reading

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