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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 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.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover nature this week with Missouri's Survivors.

Missouri Department of Conservation

The sway of spotted salamanders is a perfect ritual dance for Valentine's Day (which is this week, just in case you need a friendly reminder). A swarm of salamanders can look like a flash mob in Missouri ponds as they all gather around the same time. Herpetologists call it a "Big Night.”

Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover nature this week with Missouri's natural decomposers.

Recycling is critical in our “throwaway society” -- and the same is also true in nature. 

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