Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Hexapoda Class: Insecta Order: Odonata Suborder: Zygoptera Identification Like dragonflies, damselflies have two sets of wings. What sets them apart is that all four wings of the damselfly are identical in shape and are wider at the tip, they also taper inward where they connect to the body (think of a teardrop shape). The most obvious […]
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Native Americans & Sustainability in Missouri
A commentary on Smith’s review of premeditated and coincidental sustainability practices in pre-Columbian times.
Biogeography of Missouri
Find out more about the geographical distribution of flora and fauna across the Show Me state.
Geology in Missouri
Dig beneath the surface and discover Missouri’s rich geological history of volcanic calderas.
Biodiversity in Missouri
Case studies of three common Missouri species that emphasize the importance of the state’s biodiversity.
Trapping in Missouri
Comprehensive summaries of two articles about trapping from the Missouri Conservationist journal.
An overview of the pollinator deficiency and a call for the agribusiness industry’s restoration of natural ecosystems.
Mining in Southeast Missouri
Learn more about the history, processes, regulatory controls, environmental effects, and facilities of Missouri mining.
The Great Flood of 1993
Information on the impact of one of the most costly and devastating floods in United States history.
Types of Streams & Effects on the Watershed
Want to know the difference between a perennial stream, an ephemeral stream, and an intermittent stream?
Elk in Missouri
Elk lived in Missouri until 1865. Nearly 150 years after their extirpation, citizens began pushing for their restoration.
Lewis and Clark’s Expedition Timeline
Their journey to the Pacific was difficult, but they stayed sane by recording their thoughts and experiences.
River Otter Rehabilitation in Missouri
Habitat destruction and overhunting nearly drove the species to extinction, but their populations are on the rise.
Missouri’s Natural Areas (Video)
Turn back the clock and take a short tour of Missouri’s untouched and diverse natural wonders!
Glades of Missouri
Everything you need to know about these rocky island ecosystems featuring unique flora and fauna.
Butterflies of Missouri
A general introduction to major butterfly groups, appearances, food plants and habitats in Missouri.
Native and Invasive Fish Species of Missouri
A guide to the physical characteristics, locations, and environmental effects of native and invasive fish of Missouri.
Winter Birds in Missouri
A guide to birds that migrate to Missouri’s freshwater marshes, lakes, ponds, rivers, tundra, fields, and woods.
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Missouri
A guide to common dragonflies and damselflies of Missouri, along with dragonfly anatomy, color, and collecting.
Freshwater Mussels of Missouri
Freshwater mussel history, life cycle, reproduction, biology, habitat, shell characteristics, conservation, and more.
Orthoptera of Missouri
A guide to Orthoptera, an order of insects that includes grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids.
Hawn State Park’s Pickle Creek
Everything you need to know about this 58-acre section of a 4,953-acre state park in southeastern Missouri.
Squirrels and Other Sciurids of Missouri
If you live anywhere in the United States, then squirrels are probably an extremely common sight.
Bats of Missouri
A guide to some of the fourteen species of bats currently found in the state of Missouri.
Arrow Rock Village
A review of Arrow Rock village, a National Historic Landmark located in Saline County near the Missouri River.
Caves of Missouri
A guide to understanding the Missouri Ozark caves.
Invasive Plants of Missouri
A Guide to Invasive Plants of Missouri
Medicinal Plants, Herbs, and Trees of Missouri
Plants and herbs are arguably the richest and most powerful source of medicine that humans have.
Bees of Missouri
A guide to the various bee families, genera, and species of Missouri
Owls of Missouri
A guide to the eight species of owls that live in or visit Missouri.
Lichens of Missouri
A guide to the Lichens of Missouri
Rodents of Missouri
A guide to the rodents of Missouri
Salamanders in Missouri
A guide to the different species of salamanders at Missouri.
Ferns and Fern Allies of Missouri
the biology, basics, and backstory behind the ferns of Missouri