You guys, you might be like me. I like animals, all sorts of creatures out there in nature. As long as they stay out there, in nature.

Now admittedly, some of you might be more outdoorsy than me.  And some of you might (after this bout of storms, that is) be getting the itch to head outside.  A lot of great trails and nature paths will be ready for you to explore this spring.  I'm sure you'll wanna take the kids fishing, camping, hunting, the works.

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But if you're heading out there and you want to be SURE you're not doing any harm, it's always a good idea to check with the Missouri Department of Conservation.  They've got a whole list of endangered invertebrates, birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and  amphibians that are at risk for going away forever.  They've also got a list of  trees, Shrubs,  Woody Vines, Wildflowers, Grasses and Other Nonwoody Plants you can check out.  I mean, you'd hate to accidentally kill a plant while you're on a camping trip that leads to the total extinction of a species, right?  Right.

So what I've done here is I've taken just a sampling of the list provided by the Department of Conservation.  Take a look at them, and if you need more info, I can give you the link to check yourself.

Anyways, like I was saying, it's super simple and easy to just pop over to the DOC website and check their list before you head out for a week or a weekend. Make sure you check it before you take that vacation before the Fair.

Extinctually yours,

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