Earn the 2021 certification pin — the eastern meadowlark.
Missouri Master Naturalist
The Missouri Master Naturalist program is a community-based natural resource education and volunteer service program for adults, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension. Its purpose is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the state of Missouri.
Missouri Master Naturalist volunteers support conservation efforts and natural resource education in their local communities.
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- Published: Friday, June 26, 2020
Potato LeafhoppersBy Andy Luke, Field Specialist in AgronomyPotato leafhoppers have been found in area alfalfa fields lately. Farmers should scout their fields to see if this damaging insect is present.Potato leafhoppers are tiny insects that feed on ...
- Published: Friday, March 1, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. —Few plants add more interest to shady areas than hostas. Native to northeast Asia, where they were discovered as early as the eighth century, hostas are low-maintenance, winter-hardy perennials that can grow in the shade. Their ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2021
Learn about the workings of the Missouri Master Naturalist program. Along with an overview of this statewide volunteer conservation program, this manual details certification, training and volunteer service requirements and offers operation and ...
Publication date: June 1, 2017
Many people enjoy having wildlife on their property and will manage their property to make it more inviting for specific species. Successful wildlife habitat management begins with identifying the habitat components (food, cover, water and space) of ...
Publication date: March 1, 2017
The American woodcock (Scolopax minor) is a migratory game bird that inhabits much of the central and eastern United States (Figure 1). It belongs to the shorebird family, but unlike other species such as the sandpiper and common snipe, woodcock have ...
Publication date: March 1, 2017
Wood ducks (Aix sponsa) are one of Missouri's most beautiful water birds (Figures 1a and 1b) and are found throughout the state.Adult males have a large purple and green crested head and a burgundy chest with white flecks. This colorful plumage ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2017
Not much more than a half century ago, Missouri's wild turkey population was in danger of disappearing from the landscape. By the early 1950s, it was estimated that fewer than 2,500 turkeys were left in only 14 Missouri counties. Their restoration is ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2017
The barn owl (Tyto alba) is perhaps the rarest of six owl species that are year-round residents in Missouri. Other species more commonly observed are the great horned owl, the barred owl, the short-eared owl, the eastern screech owl and the ...
The Grow Native! program increases conservation awareness of native plants and provides resources to help people use them in their plantings.
Through research and scholarly endeavors, CAFNR strives to discover and disseminate new knowledge, scientific information and innovations through formal and nonformal educational programs.
Use this web-based tool to generate a report describing the physical, demographic and environmental characteristics of a selected land parcel and its surroundings.