One of my lifelong goals is to become a certified Missouri Master Naturalist.
As part of that pursuit, I have spent much of 2020 studying plants native to Missouri.
This series will be a regular, ongoing project as I continue to fortify my knowledge of Missouri history, conservation, and natural resources.
Missouri Native Species Collection
Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) is an extension of the Missouri Botanical Garden network. Located along the Meramec River in Gray Summit, Missouri, the reserve encompasses 2,400 acres of diverse landscape s...VIEW POST
Located in St. James, Missouri, Maramec Spring Park is a multi-purpose destination for camping, hiking, trout fishing, and much more. Located along the Meramec River just a few miles south of the St. ...VIEW POST
While jogging through my favorite native grassy field, I noticed a little pop of yellow well-hidden behind some other tall grasses. I stopped to observe a delicate and floppy little flower, and later ...VIEW POST
The next installment of my Missouri Native Species Collection is the beautiful Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa. I have been waiting all Summer for migratory butterflies to begin descending upon Mis...VIEW POST
The next installment of my Missouri Native Species Collection features the very recognizable Yellow Coneflower. A native to Missouri, the Yellow Coneflower is unique in its coloring. All other member...VIEW POST
Up next in my Missouri Native Species Collection is the Wild Bergamot flower. The Wild Bergamot, most commonly referred to as "Bee Balm", is a plant native to North America. Sprawling far and wide ...VIEW POST
During quarantine I began regularly exploring a protected grassy field near my neighborhood. Earlier this Spring I discovered an abundance of Spiderwort, a plant native to Missouri and North America. ...VIEW POST
A wild patch of land near my neighborhood produces an incredible assortment of wildflowers every Spring. This field will usually contain White Hawthorn, white and red Clovers, Columbines, Asters, Blue...VIEW POST
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a nationally-protected wildlife sanctuary located in Southeastern Missouri. Named for the region's original inhabitants, the Mingo Tribe, Mingo NWR is a bottoml...VIEW POST