Researchers Introduce Macrosystems Approach to Study Stream Ecology | freshare.netSnack Attack: Bears Munch on Ants and Help Plants Grow | freshare.netHumanity Has Exceeded 4 of 9 ‘Planetary Boundaries’ | freshare.netRainfall Can Release Aerosols | freshare.netEmerald Ash Borer Confirmed as Threat to White Fringetree | freshare.netNew Contaminants Found in Oil and Gas Wastewater | freshare.netMDC to Match $1.3 Million to Help Landowners with Habitat Conservation | freshare.netHunting Bats Rely on ‘Bag of Chips Effect’ | freshare.netHumans, Sparrows Make Sense of Sounds in Similar Ways | freshare.netMDC Talks Winter Turtle Power | freshare.netAlgae Blooms Create Their Own Favorable Conditions, New Study Finds | freshare.netBig River, Big Data | freshare.netMapping Snake Venom Variety Reveals Unexpected Evolutionary Pattern | freshare.netBreathing Diesel Exhaust Leads to Changes ‘Deep Under the Hood’ | freshare.netAre Human Behaviors Affecting Bird Communities in Residential Areas? | freshare.net2014 in Missouri Conservation News | freshare.netHoliday Closures on the Buffalo | freshare.netForget Myth: Poinsettias are Not Poisonous to Humans, Pets | freshare.netSensing Distant Tornadoes, Birds Flew the Coop | freshare.netBuffalo National River Deputy Superintendent | freshare.netSpider’s Web Weaves Way to Advanced Networks and Displays | freshare.netFight Litter Through Annual “No More Trash!” Contest | freshare.netCitizen Science Spurs Increased Support For Conservation | freshare.netHow to Help Winter Wildlife | freshare.netFungus-Growing Ants Selectively Cultivate Their Crops | freshare.netEat More Carp | freshare.netFirst Time Hickory Nut Pie | freshare.netOrganic Mulch Lets Insect Pollinators Do Their Job | freshare.netKeep Your Plants from Freezing this Winter | freshare.netUsing and Planting a Living Christmas Tree Adds Appeal to Home Landscape and Memories of the Season | freshare.netTool Maintenance Now Saves Time in the Spring | freshare.netNumber of Missouri Christmas Tree Farms in Decline | freshare.netMotorists: Be on the Lookout for Deer on Highways | freshare.netGroundwater Patches Play Important Role in Forest Health, Water Quality | freshare.netHome in the Business Park | freshare.netNational Water-Use at Lowest Levels Since Before 1970 | freshare.netLittle Evidence Conservation Organizations Respond to Economic Signals | freshare.netProtect Bulbs From Pesky Critters | freshare.netMDC Stocks Rainbow Trout at Mid-Missouri Lakes for Winter Fishing | freshare.netPharmaceuticals and the Water-Fish-Osprey Food Web | freshare.netBackpack Physics: Smaller Hikers Carry Heavier Loads | freshare.netWhy Plants Don’t Get a Sunburn | freshare.netNestling Birds Struggle in Noisy Environments | freshare.netMinimal Risk of Encountering Stinging Caterpillars in Missouri | freshare.netNew Tracers Can Identify Frack Fluids in the Environment | freshare.netPersimmon Seeds Predict Ozarks’ Winter Weather | freshare.netAs Weather Cools, Trout Fishing Action Heats Up | freshare.netU.S. Forest Service Releases 2015 Dates for Fee-free Days | freshare.netOK Dept. of Wildlife Internships | freshare.netSpring River Dam Repairs Completed | freshare.netThe Glade as an Ozarks Treasure | freshare.netSmall Spills at Gas Stations Could Cause Significant Health Risks Over Time | freshare.netReport Assesses Health of the Nation’s Birds | freshare.netImportation of Firewood Banned on Arkansas’s WMAs and NWRs | freshare.netRivers Recover Natural Conditions Quickly Following Dam Removal | freshare.netSearch for Missing Hiker Successful | freshare.net2015 Natural Events Calendar on Sale | freshare.netErbie Campground Open | freshare.netGenetic Secrets of the Monarch Butterfly | freshare.netThe Cultural Side of Science Communication | freshare.netNanoparticles Accumulate Quickly in Wetland Sediment | freshare.netWind Turbine or Tree? Certain Bats Might Not Know | freshare.netFall Fishing on the Ouachita River | freshare.netDog Waste Contaminates Our Waterways | freshare.netSmoke in the Air | freshare.net2014 Arkansas Fall Color Updates Now Available | freshare.netWeekly Fall Color Reports Available | freshare.netFracking Wastewater That Is Treated for Drinking Produces Harmful Compounds | freshare.netDiscover Nature with Elk Driving Tours | freshare.netGlade Restoration Workshop Planned for Calico Rock | freshare.netA Day on the River: A National Hunting and Fishing Day Event | freshare.net‘Green Wave’ Explains Migratory Bird Routes | freshare.netPesticides Levels Still a Concern for Aquatic Life in Rivers and Streams | freshare.netWalking Off Obesity | freshare.netA Future for Agroforestry | freshare.netCamden Doctor Has Battled Feral Hogs for Years | freshare.netPassenger Pigeon Centennial a Conservation Milestone | freshare.netHunter Observation Form Goes Electronic | freshare.netCape Nature Center Hosts Missouri Author-Artist Duo | freshare.netMDC to Hold Vehicle and Equipment Auction Oct. 18 in Salem | freshare.netView ‘Caterpillars with Character’ at Cape Nature Center | freshare.netMaster Gardener Courses Being Offered in Hollister and Ozark | freshare.netEvent at Rockwoods Reservation to Commemorate the Passenger Pigeon | freshare.netFun on the Farm | freshare.netPollutant Risk Changes When Bugs Take Flight | freshare.netGo Mobile with New, Free MDC “MO Hunting” App | freshare.netFall Armyworms Infesting Some Oklahoma Lawns | freshare.netStatistics Show Arkansas Ranking High in Deer Categories | freshare.netMDC Provides Columbia High Schools with Outdoor Equipment | freshare.netBaby Alligator Found at Bull Shoals Lake | freshare.netMDC Hosts Women’s Trout Fishing Event at Maramec Spring Park | freshare.netYoung Birds Delay Departure, Make Frequent Stopovers During First Migration | freshare.netConservation Department Continues Alligator Gar Restoration | freshare.netArkansas Bear Survey Needs Eyes in the Field | freshare.netLawn Care Professional Workshop in Springfield Sept. 2 | freshare.netLawn, Gardening or Insect Problem:  Who Ya Going to Call? | freshare.netHunter Education Skills Session on MU Campus | freshare.netLearn About Tree Health and Garden Pest Control at Master Gardener Seminar | freshare.netMU Scientists Call for Increased Conservation Efforts to Save Black Bears | freshare.netA Global Temperature Conundrum: Cooling or Warming Climate? | freshare.net

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Forget Myth: Poinsettias are Not Poisonous to Humans, Pets Go ahead and enjoy poinsettias this winter and forget about the myth of them being poisonous according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “While poinsettias are not good for you and have a horribly bitter taste, the poinsettia is not poisonous to humans or pets,”… University of Mo. Extension 12/23/14
Using and Planting a Living Christmas Tree Adds Appeal to Home Landscape and Memories of the Season A living Christmas tree is a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas holiday and then later celebrate the memory of special times spent with family and friends according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Planting a live Christmas tree outdoors can offer appeal and added… University of Mo. Extension 12/11/14
Number of Missouri Christmas Tree Farms in Decline Santa may have fewer Missouri-grown trees to stow his presents under this year, with the latest Census of Agriculture showing the number of Christmas tree farms in Missouri declining from 196 in 2002 to 131 in 2007 and then 105 in 2012. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, those… University of Mo. Extension 12/11/14
Persimmon Seeds Predict Ozarks’ Winter Weather This coming winter in the Ozarks is going to be colder than average with a below average snowfall and a few warm spells. Well, at least according to persimmon seeds. “It’s a cherished bit of Ozarks folklore that the shape of the seedling inside a persimmon seed can predict upcoming… University of Mo. Extension 10/30/14
Master Gardener Courses Being Offered in Hollister and Ozark University of Missouri Extension is offering Master Gardener training courses in Hollister and Ozark this fall starting with orientations on Sept. 29. “This is a great opportunity for persons interested in horticulture and gardening to learn new skills, volunteer for community educational projects and become associated with other gardeners in… University of Mo. Extension 09/12/14
Lawn Care Professional Workshop in Springfield Sept. 2 Join University of Missouri Extension turf and horticulture specialists at a “Lawn Care Professional Workshop” to improve or perfect your lawn care skills. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo. The workshop… University of Mo. Extension 08/21/14
Lawn, Gardening or Insect Problem:  Who Ya Going to Call? If you have a lawn or gardening problem, who are you going to call for research-based and unbiased answers? Volunteers working the Master Gardeners of Greene County Hotline have answers to your home gardening questions. The hotline is staffed with Master Gardener volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday… University of Mo. Extension 08/21/14
Learn About Tree Health and Garden Pest Control at Master Gardener Seminar Learn about keeping landscape trees healthy and safely managing pests in the garden at a free seminar from 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 6, at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa. The seminar is organized by the Christian County Master Gardeners and individuals can register for it… University of Mo. Extension 08/21/14
Learn to Grow in the Garden “Growing Garlic” Program is Sept. 2 at Botanical Center The September “Learn to Grow in the Garden” class hosted by the Master Gardeners of Greene County will focus on beautiful and edible garlic. The class will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2 on the lawn near the Master Gardener Demonstration Vegetable Garden north of the beautiful Springfield-Greene County… University of Mo. Extension 08/14/14
Register Before Aug. 21 for Master Gardener Classes in Lamar and Greenfield University of Missouri Extension’s Master Gardener program is an intensive 10-week horticulture course. Master Gardener classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 26 to Sept. 25 with classes in Lamar going from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and classes in Greenfield going from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Course… University of Mo. Extension 08/14/14
Learn to Grow in the Garden… “Loving Lavender”  Program is Aug. 7 at Botanical Center The August “Learn to Grow in the Garden” class hosted by the Master Gardeners of Greene County will focus on the versatile and beautiful herb lavender. “Loving Lavender” will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 7 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 South Scenic. Participants should… University of Mo. Extension 07/24/14
No Need to Spray Fungicides on Lawn Mushrooms Rainfall, followed by a few days of warm temperatures, will usually bring out mushrooms. When that happens, local University of Missouri Extension centers start getting telephone calls from homeowners wondering about what to do with the new mushrooms (or toadstools). According to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension,… University of Mo. Extension 06/26/14
Twilight Horticulture Tour in Lawrence County July 10 The Lawrence County Extension Council invites the public to attend the annual “Lawrence County Twilight Horticulture Tour” starting at 6 p.m. on July 10. The focus of the 2014 tour is community gardens and three gardens are on the tour. The Verona 4-H club garden is in its first year,… University of Mo. Extension 06/26/14
Well Owners Need to Regularly Test Water If you use well water for cooking and drinking, you should regularly test the water for contamination, says a University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist. “Bacteria is one of those things that is easy to control, but it is something you need to check for,” says Bob Broz. “The… University of Mo. Extension 06/20/14
Emerald Ash Borer Found in St. Charles County The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in St. Charles County, marking the destructive insect’s first known infestation in the St. Louis area. EAB was first found in Missouri in the summer of 2008 south of Greenville at a campground on Lake Wappapello, says Hank Stelzer, University of Missouri… University of Mo. Extension 06/12/14
Prune Winter-Damaged Evergreens The long, harsh winter coupled with last fall’s drought caused a lot of damage to evergreen trees. The dead branches of injured evergreens, which can harbor fungi and decay, should be removed, says Hank Stelzer, University of Missouri Extension associate professor of forestry. “See if there are any green buds… University of Mo. Extension 06/05/14
True Armyworms Appear in SW Missouri Armyworms that can strip pastures and hayfields have begun their march through Missouri’s tall fescue fields, warns University of Missouri Extension entomologist Wayne Bailey. Farmers should scout for true armyworms now, especially in southern Missouri, Bailey said. MU Extension agriculture business specialist Stacy Hambelton reports that true armyworms populations are… University of Mo. Extension 05/23/14
Tickets on Sale for June 7 Public Garden Tour A carefully planned loop of eleven gardens makeup the day-long Spring Garden Tour sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Greene County and the Springfield Watergarden Society. The highly anticipated event will be held on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are available now for $5 each… University of Mo. Extension 05/23/14
Getting Rid of Nuisance Plants in Missouri Ponds and Lakes Unwanted aquatic plants are the number-one pond maintenance problem in Missouri. These unwanted plants make their appearance every year with the arrival of warmer temperatures, and continue to annoy pond owners throughout the summer and fall. “A number of water plants are good for a pond or lake. But, when… University of Mo. Extension 05/23/14
Time to Take Action Against Bagworms is Now Right now is a good time to take action to control bagworms according to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Bagworms are the larvae of a moth. The larvae cover their bodies with a protective layer of plant parts. In the fall, the larvae pupate within the… University of Mo. Extension 05/15/14
Soil Tests a Worthwhile Investment for Your Lawn and Garden Past performance does not guarantee future results. That’s true in your lawn and garden as well as the stock market. If you haven’t had a soil test in the past few years, it would be a worthwhile investment, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist. “You are absolutely guessing unless… University of Mo. Extension 04/11/14
Master Gardeners of Greene County Hotline Re-Opens Area gardeners and homeowners with lawn, tree, shrub, flower or garden questions can find answers by calling the Master Gardeners of Greene County Hotline. Trained volunteers answer the Master Gardener Hotline from the University of Missouri Extension Center inside the Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. 65807… University of Mo. Extension 04/11/14
Gardening Classes in Cassville Offered by MU Extension Volunteer members of the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks began teaching a series of classes in Cassville starting March 13 for those interested in home vegetable and flower gardening. The classes are free and open to everyone. The remaining scheduled classes are as follows. Time: 2nd Thursday of the month,… University of Mo. Extension 03/27/14
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Present “Brown Bag Lunch” Garden Series Schedule for 2014 Volunteer members of the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks began teaching a series of classes in Cassville starting March 13 for those interested in home vegetable and flower gardening. The classes are free and open to everyone. The remaining scheduled classes are as follows. Time: 2nd Thursday of the month,… University of Mo. Extension 03/27/14
Take Steps to Prevent Salt Damage to Home Landscape During the winter, people rush to the car wash to rid their vehicle of accumulating salts. Just as salts cause vehicles to corrode, it can also create problems for landscape plants according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Winter storms result in tons of salt… University of Mo. Extension 01/08/14
Below-Normal Temperatures for November, Arctic Air for December Missouri got a chilly December gift from Canada after a November that continued a below-normal trend for 2013. “It went along with the trend we’ve seen this year,” said Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program. “November temperatures were nearly 3 degrees below normal. Only January,… University of Mo. Extension 12/11/13
Snow Ice Cream Poses no Health Risks, in Moderation What could be more fun than eating clean, white, soft snow gathered in our own yard? Not much, unless you still buy into some of the negative information and urban legends about the serious dangers of letting children eat snow. The fact is, there are plenty of warnings to be… University of Mo. Extension 12/11/13
October Brought Record-Setting Low Temperatures and Drought Relief October in Missouri started out warm until Canadian air dropped temperatures to record-setting lows. Early October saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s, said Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program. Then a strong Canadian high-pressure system settled over the state and the mercury dropped. “On… University of Mo. Extension 11/15/13
Candidates Sought for Taney County Extension Council Nominations are being accepted for the January 2014 election to the Taney County University of Missouri Extension Council, according to Council Chair Ronnie Melton. County extension councils are the governing body for local educational opportunities provided by the University of Missouri Extension. Council members - both publicly elected and appointed… University of Mo. Extension 11/08/13
Candidates Needed for Extension Councils in Southwest Missouri Counties in southwest Missouri are accepting nominations for the 2014 public election of County Extension Council members. Names of nominees are generally needed during November for review by existing county council members. Getting nominated as a candidate can be done by contacting the local MU Extension center and expressing a… University of Mo. Extension 10/31/13
September Broke Temperature Records in Missouri September in Missouri was uncharacteristically warm for the beginning of the fall season. “The heat wave that started in August spilled over into September,” said Pat Guinan, climatologist for the University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program. “There were places in the state that saw triple-digit heat in September, including… University of Mo. Extension 10/24/13
Cooperative Weather Station Network Provides Unique Perspective People in the Ozarks love to talk about the weather and how often it changes. However, the idea that Ozarks weather changes frequently also makes weather data collected since 1895 that much more interesting. According to Pat Guinan, an associate professor of climatology with University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture… University of Mo. Extension 10/15/13
Persimmon Seed Predictions for Ozarks Winter This coming winter in the Ozarks is going to be colder than average with an average snow fall. Well, at least according to persimmon seeds. “It’s a cherished bit of Ozarks folklore that the shape of the tiny seedling inside a persimmon seed can predict conditions in the upcoming winter,”… University of Mo. Extension 10/08/13
Male, Female Species Needed for Successful Persimmons The persimmon is a common native tree in the Ozarks. It grows in rocky, dry open woods, edges of woods, glades, prairies, old fields, thickets, bottomland woods and valleys along streams. Homeowners that want to grow persimmon trees successfully need to plant both male and female trees according to Patrick… University of Mo. Extension 10/08/13
Volunteers Sought For Elk River Cleanup Volunteers are needed to help with trash pickup on the Elk River on Saturday, Oct. 12. The McDonald County Extension Council and the Elk River Watershed Partnership are leading an e?ort to clean up a section of the Elk River, beginning at the Big Elk Campground in Pineville to Shady… University of Mo. Extension 10/08/13
Pass-Along-Plant Workshop in Forsyth Oct. 5 The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will present a program called “Pass Along Plants,” Saturday, Oct. at 10 a.m. in the native plant and herb demonstration garden located behind the Taney County University of Missouri Extension office at 122 Felkins Avenue in Forsyth. “The best part of pass along plants… University of Mo. Extension 10/02/13
What is Agroforestry? Forests and farms may seem like two completely different things, but agroforestry puts them together. Agroforestry offer landowners an opportunity to diversify farm income, provide habitat for wildlife and practice good land stewardship, says Tim Baker, regional horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. “Agroforestry involves the intentional integration of… University of Mo. Extension 09/25/13
October a Great Time to do Soil Tests for Gardens, Lawns and Fields A person can’t tell whether a field, lawn or garden has too much phosphorus or too little organic matter simply by smelling and touching the soil. But, if a sample of the soil is taken to a local University of Missouri Extension center, it can be tested to determine exactly… University of Mo. Extension 09/25/13
Fall Remains Best Time to Plant a Tree If you plant to plant a new tree in your yard or field, now is the time to do it according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Fall tends to be a better time to year to plant trees because the soil is warm enough… University of Mo. Extension 09/17/13
Fall is the Time to Gather Nuts Cooler temperatures and outdoor and community activities make Autumn the favored season for many Ozarkers. But there is also one more reason to celebrate fall: it is the time to gather nuts! “Landowners in the Ozarks are blessed with a variety of nut growing trees. Each type has its own… University of Mo. Extension 09/17/13
New MU Extension Guide Available on Ticks There’s a new University of Missouri Extension guide to discuss one of summer’s old pests. “Guide to Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases” is part of a series of manuals on integrated pest management from MU’s Plant Protection Programs. The guide is available for $5 at county extension centers or as a… University of Mo. Extension 09/17/13
Master Gardener Courses Being Offered in Branson West and Ozark Starting Sept. 30 University of Missouri Extension is offering Master Gardener training courses in Branson West and Ozark this fall. The intensive multi-week Master Gardener courses begin with orientations on Sept. 30. The trainings will consist of 10 three-hour classes on specific Monday and Thursday afternoons in Branson West and evenings at Ozark.… University of Mo. Extension 09/09/13
Fall Gardening Seminar in Christian County Aug. 24 The Christian County Master Gardeners are offering a free gardening seminar, “Gardening Concepts for Fall,” from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way in Nixa. Andy Humble, Missouri Department of Conservation, will speak at 9 a.m. on “Wildlife Damages… University of Mo. Extension 08/16/13
“Garden Inspired Writing Retreat” Being Piloted at Botanical Center Starting Sept. 5 Experience nature and be inspired by the beauty of the gardens at Nathanael Greene and Close Memorial Parks in Springfield as part of the Greene County Extension’s “Garden Inspired Writing Retreat.” The same program, “Garden Inspired Writing Retreat,” will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Thursday… University of Mo. Extension 08/15/13
13th Annual Lawrence County Extension “Twilight Horticulture Tour” is Aug. 9 University of Missouri Extension is conducting its annual “Lawrence County Twilight Horticulture Tour” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center, 14548 Highway H, Mt. Vernon. Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with MU Extension and Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with… University of Mo. Extension 08/15/13
What You Need to Know About Sunscreen and Protection from the Sun Whether it’s “fun in the sun” or “work in the sun,” protection from ultraviolet rays of the sun is important for everyone - both children and adults. “Many of us use it but the selections in the aisle of the store can be confusing. It’s hard to decide which SPF… University of Mo. Extension 08/01/13
June Weather Had Ups and Downs June in Missouri had a few days of cool weather and some regions had lots of rain. But overall, the state’s weather for the month was near normal. “It started out really cool, especially the first half of the month, then we saw some warmer temperatures during the latter half… University of Mo. Extension 07/12/13
Tips for Freezing Your Garden Vegetables Freezing vegetables is a good option for people who want to preserve their garden produce but are daunted by the idea of canning. “The color, flavor and texture of the produce are often maintained when it is frozen, and the freezing process is easier and less time-consuming than canning,” said… University of Mo. Extension 07/12/13
Master Gardeners of the Ozark Present “Brown Bag Lunch” Garden Series; Next Session is July 2 The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks are presenting a series of gardening programs this summer to be held in the backyard of the Taney County MU Extension Center in Forsyth at the Master Gardener’s Native Plant Garden. Various programs will be held on the first Tuesday of the month May… University of Mo. Extension 06/27/13
Japanese Beetles to Emerge Soon Japanese beetle grub worms are appearing throughout Missouri and will emerge by July 1, says an entomologist for University of Missouri Extension. White grubs of the Japanese beetle can be found just below the soil surface in many parts of Missouri. They will begin emerging as adult beetles the last… University of Mo. Extension 06/14/13
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