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While traveling to distant forests may be enjoyable to find eye-catching fall color, a variety of native grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs can add color to a homeowner's own yard in autumn. Plus these plants are now habitats that benefit insects and wildlife at other times in the year.

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LIBERTY — From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, naturalists and volunteers at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, 407 N. La Frenz Road, will be celebrating Monarch butterflies.

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Landowners and homeowners should be able to tolerate some wildlife damage, but they should also take proactive steps to prevent problems, said Robert Pierce, University of Missouri Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.

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Too much irrigation or heavy rainfall after a dry period results in rapid uptake of water in plants. This causes ripening fruit to split vertically or crack concentrically, said MU Extension horticulturist Michele Warmund.

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The six packs from the Liberty area offered a scout recruitment event Aug. 26 at Capitol Federal Park. Along with Liberty Police, the Liberty Fire Department sent out trucks as well as vehicles from the Clay County Sheriff's Office. There were plenty of activities from climbing to obstacle c…

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Tarantulas are the largest spider native to Missouri.

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As fall approaches this year, think about a new form of family entertainment. Why not swap the television for a bird feeder? Feeding birds can be entertaining as well as a boost for the state’s feathered friends.

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Need trees and shrubs for the landscape? Go native with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property, according to a press release. 

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KANSAS CITY-NORTH — On the morning of Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, more than 700 runners are expected to participate in the 10th annual Kansas City Temple Run. The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Kansas City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 6751 NE 70th St.

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The warm, sunny days and cool nights of fall in Missouri provide ideal growing conditions for cool-season vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein in a press release. 

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LIBERTY — Liberty Parks & Recreation is looking for individuals and groups to pick up litter in more than 500 acres of parkland and along 10 miles of trails within the city limits of Liberty, according to the parks website. 

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When American colonists dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor in 1773 as a political protest, they faced a dilemma. What could they use to make tea, since the continued drinking of British tea would be deemed unpatriotic?

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Several types of caterpillars damage tomato plants in Missouri, but the tomato hornworm and the tobacco hornworm usually get the most attention because of the prominent horn on the last segment of their bodies, according to a press release.

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Scout Troop No. 412 from Smithville hiked and camped for seven days at Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico during the last week in July. Seven boys and three adults each hiked over a total of 50 miles with an average of 50 pounds on their back, carrying tents, food, water and supplies. …

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Families can learn how camping can connect them with the outdoor world and can also share photos about how those connections are being made Thursday, Aug. 12, during the Missouri Department of Conservation’s virtual program “Discover Nature: Backyard Campout Photo Contest.”