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April 3, 2024Species Profile: Blue Jay | Cyanocitta cristata

Scientific Name:               Cyanocitta cristata Common Name(s):         Blue Jay, Jay Birds ©Jim Ridley Identification: Blue jays …

February 20, 2024Species Profile: Blue-Winged Teal | Spatula discors – by: Melissa McCarver

Scientific Name: Spatula discors Common Name(s): Blue-winged Teal ©Becky Matsubara Identification: The blue-winged teal is …

December 7, 2023Species Profile: Rainbow Trout | Oncorhynchus mykiss

Scientific Name:        Oncorhynchus mykiss; synonyms Salmo mykiss; Salmo gairdneri Common Name(s):   Rainbow Trout; Many names …

November 1, 2023Species Profile: Jewelweed | Impatiens capensis

Scientific Name: Impatiens capensis Common Name(s): Jewelweed, Orange Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-me-not Photos by Kayla Sayre, …

September 27, 2023Species Profile: Ironweeds | Vernonia spp.

Scientific Name: Vernonia spp. Common Name (s): Ironweeds Arkansas Ironweed – Vernonia arkansana Photos by …

August 25, 2023Species Profile: American White Pelican | Pelecanus erthrorhynchos By Kayla Sayre

Scientific Name: Pelecanus erthrorhynchos Common Name (s): American White Pelican © Jon Liu, Becky Matsubara …

July 28, 2023Species Profile: Elderberry – Sambucus Canadensis : By Kayla Sayre

Scientific Name:               Sambucus Canadensis Common Name(s):         Elderberry, American Elderberry, Common Elderberry, Canada Elderberry Figure 1: …

June 20, 2023Species Profile: Spotted Bee Balm & Wild Bergamot – Monarda punctata L. & Monarda fistulosa L.

Scientific Name: Monarda punctata L. & Monarda fistulosa L. Common Name(s): M. punctata – Spotted …

May 17, 2023Species Profile: Wild Carrot & Poison Hemlock – Daucus carota & Conium maculatum

Scientific Name: Daucus carota & Conium maculatum Common Name(s): Daucos carota – Wild Carrot, Queen …

April 13, 2023Species Profile: Coragyps atratus – Black Vulture

Scientific Name: Coragyps atratus Common Name(s): Black Vulture, Mexican Vulture, Zopilotes, Gallinazo ©Cayambe Identification: Black …

March 1, 2023Species Profile: Hamamelis vernalis; Ozark witch-hazel

Scientific Name:           Hamamelis vernalis Common Name(s):        Ozark witch-hazel, Vernal witch-hazel, Winterbloom  ©Plant Image Library  …

December 27, 2022Species Profile: Phoradandram leucarpum; Mistletoe

Scientific Name:           Phoradandram leucarpum Common Name(s):        Oak mistletoe, American mistletoe, Eastern mistletoe, and hairy mistletoe …

October 25, 2022Species Profile: Craspedacusta sowerbyi – Freshwater Jellyfish & More

Halloween Appropriate Oddities of Our Natural World Scientific Name: Craspedacusta sowerbyi; Bryozoan spp.; Hirudinea Common …

September 26, 2022Dryocopus pileatus – Pileated Woodpecker

Scientific Name:               Dryocopus pileatus Common Name(s):         Pileated Woodpecker ©Joshlaymon ©Robert J Banach Identification: Pileated Woodpeckers …

August 22, 2022Species Profile: Giant Ragweed – Ambrosia trifida

Scientific Name: Ambrosia trifida Common Name(s): Giant Ragweed, Great Ragweed, Texan Great Ragweed, Tall Ragweed, …

July 29, 2022Species Profile: Mullein – Verbascum Thapsus

Scientific Name: Verbascum thapsus Common Name(s): Mullein, Common Mullein, Wooly Mullein ©Jane Shelby Richardson ©AnRo0002 Identification: …

June 27, 2022Species Profile: Toxicodendron radicans – Eastern Poison Ivy

Scientific Name: Toxicodendron radicans Common Name(s): Poison Ivy ©Agnieszka Kwiecień, Nova ©Bob Peterson©R. A. Nonenmacher  ©Nicholas …

May 23, 2022Species Profile: Passerina ciris – Painted Bunting

Scientific Name: Passerina ciris Common Name(s): painted bunting, Mexican canary, painted finch, pope, nonpareil Dan Pancamo …

April 25, 2022Species Profile: Corvus brachyrhynchos – American Crow & Corvus ossifagus – Fish Crow

Scientific Name: Corvus brachyrhynchos, Corvus ossifagus Common Name(s): American Crow, Fish Crow ©Wikimedia Commons © …

March 29, 2022Species Profile: Glaucomys volans – Southern Flying Squirrel

Scientific Name: Glaucomys volans Common Name(s): Southern flying squirrel ©MimiMiaPhotography Identification: Southern flying squirrels are …

February 28, 2022Sciurus Carolinensis – Eastern Grey Squirre

Scientific Name: Sciuris carolinensis  Common Name(s): Eastern grey squirrel, grey squirrel © Tomfrieded Identification: The …

January 28, 2022Sylvilagus floridanus – Eastern Cottontail

Scientific Name: Sylvilagus floridanus  Common Name(s): Eastern cottontail  © The High Fin Sperm Whale    …

December 30, 2021Species Profile: Tamias striatus – Chipmunk

Scientific Name: Tamias striatus Common Name(s): Chipmunk, Eastern chipmunk ©Gilles Gonthier Identification: The chipmunk is …

November 29, 2021Species Profile: Ursus americanus – Black Bear

Scientific Name: Ursus americanus Common Name(s): Black bear ©Diginatur Identification: The black bear is the …

October 25, 2021Species Profile: Cathartes aura – Turkey Vulture

Scientific Name: Cathartes aura Common Name(s): Turkey Vulture, Turkey Buzzard, Buzzard, John Crow, Carrion Crow …

September 22, 2021Species Profile: Charadrius vociferus- Killdeer

Scientific Name: Charadrius vociferus Common Name(s): Killdeer Identification: The killdeer is North America’s best-known plover. …

August 23, 2021Species Profile: Toads

Bufo (Anaxyrus) americanus & Bufo (Anaxyrus) fowleri- American & Fowler’s Toad Scientific Name: Bufo (Anaxyrus) …

July 23, 2021Species Profile: Mephitis mephitis- Striped Skunk

Scientific Name: Mephitis mephitis Common Name(s): Striped Skunk ©Dan & Lin Dzurisin   Identification: The …

June 28, 2021Species Profile: Hyla cinerea- Green Tree Frog

Scientific Name: Hyla cinerea Common Name(s): Green Tree Frog, Tree Frog   Identification: The green …

May 24, 2021Species Profile: Apalone spinifera – Spiny Softshell Turtle

Scientific Name: Apalone spinifera Common Name(s): Spiny Softshell Identification: The spiny softshell is one of …

April 29, 2021Species Profile: Mustela vison – American Mink

Scientific Name: Mustela vison Common Name(s): Mink Identification: The mink differs from other similar species …

March 29, 2021Species Profile: Pseudacris crucifer – Spring Peeper

Scientific Name: Pseudacris crucifer Common Name(s): Spring Peeper Identification: The spring peeper is a small …

February 22, 2021Species Profile: Sceloporus undulatus – Eastern Fence Lizard

Scientific Name: Sceloporus undulatus Common Name(s): Eastern Fence Lizard, Prairie Lizard, Fence Swift, Gray Lizard, …

January 25, 2021Species Profile: Marmota monax – Groundhog

Scientific Name: Marmota monax Common Name(s): Groundhog, Woodchuck   Identification: The groundhog is a medium-sized …

December 28, 2020Species Profile: Diadophis punctatus – Ring-necked snake

Scientific Name: Diadophis punctatus Common Name(s): Ring-necked snake     Identification: Ring-necked snakes are easily …

October 26, 2020Species Profile: Pylodictis Olivaris – Flathead Catfish

Scientific Name: Pylodictis olivaris Common Name(s): Flathead Catfish, Mudcat, Shovelhead Cat   Identification: The flathead …

September 25, 2020Species Profile: Vulpes vulpes – Red Fox

Scientific Name: Vulpes vulpes Common Name(s): Red Fox Identification: Red foxes get their name from …

August 30, 2020Species Profile: Nerodia Sipedon – Northern Watersnake

Scientific Name: Nerodia Sipedon Common Name: Northern watersnake, common watersnake       Identification: Northern …

July 26, 2020Species Profile: Sciurus niger – Fox Squirrel

Scientific Name: Sciurus niger Common Name(s): Fox Squirrel, Eastern Fox Squirrel, Stump-eared Squirrel, Bryant’s Fox …

June 12, 2020Species Profile: Pandion haliaetus – Osprey

Scientific Name: Pandion haliaetus Common Name(s): Osprey, Fish Eagle, Sea hawk, River Hawk, Fish Hawk …

May 4, 2020Species Profile: Aix sponsa – Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa Common Name(s): Wood Duck, Carolina Duck Nextdoornature.org Identification: The wood duck …

March 20, 2020Species Profile: Didelphis virginiana – Virginia Opossum

Scientific Name:              Didelphis virginiana Common Name(s):          Virginia Opossum, Possum Identification: Virginia opossums Didelphis virginiana are …

February 21, 2020Species Profile: Ameiurus (Genus) – Bullhead Catfishes

Scientific Name:              Ameiurus (Genus); Ameiurus melas, Ameiurus natalis Common Name(s):          Bullhead Catfish; Black Bullhead, Yellow …

January 29, 2020Species Profile: Lontra canadensis – River Otter

Scientific Name: Carya (Genus) Common Name(s): River Otter, North American River Otter Identification: River otters …

December 20, 2019Species Profile: Carya (Genus) – Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya (Genus) Common Name(s): Hickory, Typical Hickories (many different species)   Identification: Hickory …

November 22, 2019Species Profile: Odocoileus virginianus – White-tailed Deer

Scientific Name:              Odocoileus virginianus Common Name(s):          White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Identification: White-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, are …

October 31, 2019Species Profile: Lynx Rufus – Bobcat

Identification: Bobcats Lynx rufus are small to medium sized predatory cat’s native to North America. …

September 23, 2019Species Profile: Butorides virescens – Green Heron

Scientific Name:              Butorides virescens Common Name(s):          Green Heron, Little Green Heron, Green-backed Heron   https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Basar …

August 22, 2019Species Profile: Trachemys scripta elegans – Red-eared Slider

Scientific Name:              Trachemys scripta elegans Common Name(s):          Red-eared Slider, Red-eared Terrapin, Pond Slider subspecies https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Turtle_with_Neck_Stretched_Out.jpg …

August 2, 2019Species Profile: Agkistrodon contortrix – Copperhead

Scientific Name: Agkistrodon contortrix Common Name(s): Copperhead, Northern Copperhead, Southern Copperhead Identification: Copperheads are heavy bodied …

June 19, 2019Species Profile: Chelydra serpentina – Common Snapping Turtle

Scientific Name: Chelydra serpentina Common Name(s): Common Snapping Turtle, Snapping Turtle Identification: Common snapping turtles …

May 2, 2019Species Profile: Rubus (Genus) – Blackberry

Scientific Name: Rubus (Genus) Common Name(s): Blackberry             https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ripe,_ripening,_and_green_blackberries.jpg © Ragesoss Identification: …

March 27, 2019Species Profile: Canis latrans – Coyote

Scientific Name: Canis latrans Common Name(s): Coyote Identification: The coyote, Canis latrans, is a medium-sized …

February 22, 2019Species Profile: Anas platyrhynchos – Mallard, Wild Duck, Greenhead, Suzie

Identification: The mallard Anas platyrhynchos is a medium sized duck. They are 20-26 inches long …

February 5, 2019Species Profile: Castor canadensis – North American Beaver

Scientific Name: Castor canadensis Common Name(s): North American Beaver, American Beaver, Canadian Beaver, Beaver Identification: The North American …

October 31, 2018Species Profile: Diospyros Virginiana – Persimmon

Scientific Name: Diospyros Virginiana Common Name(s): Persimmon, American Persimmon, Common Persimmon, Possumwood, Sugar-plum, Eastern Persimmon Identification: Persimmon refers …

September 28, 2018Species Profile: Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis – Hybrid Striped Bass

Scientific Name: Morone saxatilis (Striped Bass) x Morone chrysops (White Bass) Common Name(s): Hybrid Striped Bass, Wiper, …

August 22, 2018Species Profile: Procyon lotor – Northern Raccoon

Procyon lotor – Northern Raccoon Scientific Name: Procyon lotor Common Name(s): Raccoon, Northern Raccoon, North American Raccoon, …

June 29, 2018Species Profile: Lepomis gulosus – Warmouth, Goggle-eye, Red-eyed Bream

Lepomis gulosus – Warmouth Scientific Name: Lepomis gulosus Common Name(s): Warmouth, Goggle-eye, Red-eyed Bream Identification:                                                                           The warmouth …

May 29, 2018Species Profile: Lepomis microlophus – Redear Sunfish

Scientific Name: Lepomis microlophus Common Name(s): Redear Sunfish, Stumpknocker, Shellcracker, Bream, Cherry Gill, Sun Perch Identification:   The …

April 19, 2018Species Profile: Yellow Grub & Black Spot

Scientific Name:               Clinostomum marginatum & Neascus spp. (Genus) Common Name(s):         Yellow Grub & Black Spot …

February 27, 2018Species Profile: Great Blue Heron

Scientific Name: Ardea herodias Common Name(s): Great Blue Heron   Identification: The great blue heron …

January 19, 2018Species Profile: Nine-Banded Armadillo

Scientific Name: Dasypus novemcinctus Common Name(s): nine-banded armadillo, long nosed armadillo, Hoover hog, hillbilly speed …

Species Profile: Procyon lotor – Northern Raccoon

Procyon lotor – Northern Raccoon Scientific Name: Procyon lotor Common Name(s): Raccoon, Northern Raccoon, North American Raccoon, Coon Identification: The northern raccoon (Procyon lotoris) is a medium-sized mammal most recognizable by its “mask”; the black fur around the eyes that contrasts with their white face and distinct ringed tail. Raccoons measure 16-28 inches in length, not including […]

Species Profile: Lepomis gulosus – Warmouth, Goggle-eye, Red-eyed Bream

Lepomis gulosus – Warmouth Scientific Name: Lepomis gulosus Common Name(s): Warmouth, Goggle-eye, Red-eyed Bream Identification:                                                                           The warmouth Lepomis gulosus is commonly mistaken for the rock bass Ambloplites rupestris; however, the two species can be easily distinguished from one another.  The warmouth has 3 anal spines, as opposed to 5 or 6 found on the rock bass.  Warmouth […]

Species Profile: Lepomis microlophus – Redear Sunfish

Scientific Name: Lepomis microlophus Common Name(s): Redear Sunfish, Stumpknocker, Shellcracker, Bream, Cherry Gill, Sun Perch Identification:   The redear sunfish, Lepomis microlophus, is easily distinguished from all other sunfish by the spot of red on the “ear flap” and the long, pointed fins on its sides. Redear sunfish are olive-green on the back with silvery sides mottled with […]