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Last updateThu, 17 Apr 2014 9am

Outdoors

Shaw Nature Reserve will host native plant sale

Choose from a huge variety of native wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs for home landscaping at the Shaw Nature Reserve’s annual Shaw Wildflower Market on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual sale offers the widest array of native plants available in the metro St. Louis area, selected by the Reserve’s horticulture staff and several local nurseries. Admission to the sale is included with Reserve admission of $5 for adults and free for Missouri Botanical Garden members. Children ages 12 and under are free.


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Make sure morels keep coming back

    Morel mushrooms are a delicacy that have been enjoyed by humans for centuries. Many of us still relive the inherited connection between the tasty fungi and the foraging activities of our ancestors.

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Sights of spring and lots of gobblers

    This weekend, fathers who take their kids turkey hunting on the Youth Hunt, may have a rough time calling in gobblers. It is a very late spring season, and all the turkeys I see are in large flocks. You may see six or seven gobblers all huffed up and strutting, but they are in groups of 20 or 30 hens or more. In such situations, they do not gobble much, and they have little interest in a call, no matter how good you are at it.

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Monarch Butterflies Could Use Your Help

The sight of a beautiful orange and black monarch butterfly in Missouri is likely to be less common this year, but you may be able to help the ones that do arrive here. A January 2014 report from their overwintering forest areas in Mexico indicated that only 1.65 acres were occupied by monarchs this winter. That makes this the third straight year of steep declines. The overwintering areas have been monitored since 1993 and the largest occupied area was 45 acres in 1996.

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2014 spring turkey hunting outlook good for much of Missouri

Missouri turkey hunters have reason to be optimistic about the 2014 spring turkey season, according to the state’s turkey expert.

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