MPF Webinar: Spring Into Action for Declining Birds

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In 2019, an article in the journal Science quantified a net loss in North American birds of 29% in the last 50 years – WHOA. In this free webinar presented by Sarah Kendrick, Migratory Bird Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, learn about the declines—especially of grassland birds—but also gain insights on what […]

MPF Webinar: Invasive Plant ID and Control Methods

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Invasive plants can be found everywhere in Missouri, from urban backyards to sprawling pastures. This webinar will focus on some of the most common invasives that can be found across the state, how to distinguish them from other plants, and what control strategies can be used on them. The fundamentals of integrative pest management (IPM) will […]

MPF Webinar: Take a (Virtual) Hike on the Prairie

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What can you see, hear, and experience on a Missouri tallgrass prairie at this time of year? Join MPF Vice President of Science and Management Bruce Schuette as he leads a virtual tour of one of MPF's original prairies. We'll learn about life on the prairie in late spring, including what flora and fauna you […]

MPF Master Class: Hover Flies: Pollinators, Predators, and Master Mimics

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The control of aphids in agriculture has been a significant force in learning more about a group of flies in the family Syrphidae—the hover flies/flower flies. The larval stage of many hover fly species are direct predators of aphids, a major pest in agriculture and sometimes in the garden, especially on milkweed. Their benefit is […]

MPF Webinar: Native Grassland Reconstructions for Wildlife and Grazing

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Native grassland reconstructions offer a sustainable approach to feeding livestock while providing environmental benefits. Native pastures that include grasses and forbs for grazing animals also provide habitat and food for pollinating insects and birds, and help protect water quality. Learn from Rick and Jerod how to make the transition on your own land and the […]

MPF Webinar: The Nature of Things: Botany, Ecology, and Medieval Art

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Medieval art was deeply linked to the environment through both material and symbolism. Learn more about how artists of the Middle Ages drew inspiration from plants and trees, capitalizing on their distinct properties to create extraordinary sculptures, cloth, and books. This talk will also reveal how the cultivation of plants for artmaking materials transformed the […]

MPF Master Class: Moths in and Around Grasslands

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Much conservation and public attention has been given to butterflies. Moths, however, outnumber butterflies by ten to one in number of species. Being primarily nocturnal and frequently very small, moths are mostly unseen creatures, yet moths of both grasslands and eastern deciduous forests play important ecological roles. Join entomologist Betsy Betros as she presents about the complex world […]

Grow Native! Webinar: Soft Landings: Providing Year-Round Sanctuary for Pollinators

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Landscaping with keystone native tree species that host many insects as larvae is critically important to their survival, however, moths, butterflies, and other insects also need shelter throughout the year, including fallen leaves and natives planted under trees. In this webinar presented by veteran native landscaper Paula Diaz, learn how you can make your native […]

MPF Webinar: The Significance of Missouri’s Natural Areas System

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Since the 1970s, Missouri’s inter-agency Natural Areas System has striven to protect, conserve, and restore the best remaining examples of the state’s varied natural communities from swamps to chert glades. The effort has also been instrumental in introducing new restoration concepts that are taken for granted today. While designated natural areas make up just 0.2 […]

MPF Webinar: Take a (Virtual) Hike on the Prairie – Fall Edition

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What can you see, hear, and experience on a Missouri tallgrass prairie at this time of year? Join MPF Vice President of Science and Management Bruce Schuette as he leads a virtual tour of Golden Prairie in Barton County, MO, a National Natural Landmark. We'll learn about life on the prairie in early fall, including […]