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Did you realize that one of our native plants is responsible for an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year? Our wild strawberry is one of the parents of the cultivated strawberry, and around 250 different cultivated varieties available, according to the Missouri Department of …

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Did you realize that one of our native plants is responsible for an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year? Our wild strawberry is one of the parents of the cultivated strawberry, and around 250 different cultivated varieties available, according to the Missouri Department of …

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The summer months are right around the corner and many people are planning trips to lakes, ponds and beaches, meaning water safety should be a priority.

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Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that turkey hunters checked 31,798 birds during Missouri’s 2021 regular spring turkey season, April 19 through May 9. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 710 birds telechecked, Texas with 666, and Callaway with 639.

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LIBERTY — Liberty City Councilman Jeff Watt was lured to the Liberty Parks and Recreation monthly board meeting under the guise of presenting more details about coming Boy Scout Eagle projects: Blake Codding's renovations of the Canterbury baseball fields and Brady Brecht's Northwyck foot bridge. 

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Warm spring weather has arrived, and motorcyclists are eager to hit the road. As they tune their engines and prepare for numerous road trips to come, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists and motorcyclists alike to “Watch for Motorcycles” in order to help preven…

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Taking a walk through the woods in early May can be a feast for the eyes, according to the Department of Conservation. The pinkish purple blooms of wild sweet William plants dot the forest floor while Virginia bluebells create a carpet of blue with their drooping blossoms.

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Foraging for edible wild plants have a better flavor when gathered early in the spring while they are still young and tender, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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“Frogs” is probably not the first answer that comes to mind when people are asked to list things that make spring and summer enjoyable. However, these warm-weather months would definitely be different — and very likely not as pleasant — were it not for the variety of frogs that live in the a…

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Warm nights in early April mark the beginning of what becomes a chorus familiar to many by May. It’s the lumpy, bumpy, adorably frumpy American toad.

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I have a new friend. When she bangs on my door, on a daily basis now, it’s clear that she wants to come in and visit. So, being a good neighbor, I open the door and in she trots. She now knows where the kitchen is and that I’ve laid in a supply of her favorite foods. She heads there, leading…

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Spring and summer months bring both the buzz of lawnmowers and bees. These fuzzy flyers are important pollinators, playing a crucial role in the production of many favorite fruits and vegetables. The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages the public to “bee-friend” these valuable nat…

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Warming spring weather brings nature to life with trees, shrubs and bulbs sending out spring flowers. It also prompts the popping up of another spring favorite for many Missourians: morel mushrooms.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to unwind in nature this spring by enjoying Missouri’s flowering trees and shrubs.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages drivers to be cautious on state roadways this spring and give turtles a brake. These reptiles are often hit by cars during the warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are more active.

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Oak wilt has been found in the area. The fungus can kill a mature oak tree in one or two seasons.

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It won’t be too long before you can start looking in the shade trees along your city street or behind your house. You may hear the male’s loud, flutelike whistle before you notice the orange and black feathers of a northern oriole flashing among the leaves, according to the Missouri Departme…

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual photo contest. Winning entries will be featured on the department’s social media platforms. The deadline to submit photos is Oct. 1.

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MDC and A.T. Still University are asking Missourians to save ticks they find and send them to the University for scientific research to learn more about ticks and pathogens they may carry.

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LIBERTY — The Capitol Federal Sports Complex crew and the city of Liberty’s Parks and Recreation Department learned on Friday, April 2 that the complex has won the 2020 Fields of Excellence Award from Pioneer Athletics.

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April showers bring… mushrooms? April showers and warm nights make morels (muh-rells) grow and send folks to their favorite mushroom-hunting spots; as morels seem to pop up overnight, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.