Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover Nature this week with Missouri's Toads and frogs. You see and hear them near water and wooded areas, but how can you tell the difference between these two amphibians?

(Missouri Gazette and Public Advertiser (St. Louis), June 20, 1821 issue, p. 3, col. 5)

Representatives of three Masonic lodges, Missouri Lodge No. 12 of St. Louis, Joachim Lodge No. 25 of Herculaneum, and St. Charles Lodge No. 28, resolved on February 22, 1821 in Missouri Lodge’s hall to organize a Grand Lodge for Missouri.

MO Senate Bill 55 To Allow Expansion Of Charter Schools To Cities With Population Over 30K

Feb 24, 2021
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The Senate worked early into Wednesday morning after hours of discussing an education bill focused on school choice.

One aspect of Senate Bill 55 bill would allow for the expansion of charter schools to cities with a population of over 30,000.

Fifty new school districts would qualify to add charter schools, including Columbia.

While those who oppose the expansion fear public schools losing money, Senator Caleb Rowden believes people overstate what the real financial impact would be.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover Nature this week with subtle signs of spring. If you’re yearning for signs of spring, look at the swollen buds on the branches of backyard trees and shrubs.

Buds have been present since last summer, but often go unnoticed when competing for attention with a shroud of summer greenery or brilliant fall colors. Buds form at the base of the stalk where last year’s leaves were connected to the twigs.

(top left, Bill Eddleman photo); tallgrass prairie (top right; Bill Eddleman photo); forest wetlands (bottom left, Jason Goldberg, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, public domain); and shortleaf pine forest (U. S. Forest Service, public domain).

The first Europeans to settle Upper Louisiana saw river bottoms with a diverse mix of flood-tolerant trees and lowland prairies. In the Bootheel, prairies on ancient sand deposits were sites of the earliest settlement.