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What is it?

Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder. The answer is revealed below.

Acorn

On the back cover and right is an acorn by Noppadol Paothong. Acorns are also known as hard mast. Oak trees produce acorns. Oaks are divided into two groups: red oaks and white oaks. Hard mast is an important source of fall and winter food for many species of wildlife including deer, squirrels and turkey. To learn more about Missouri’s trees and shrubs, visit the links listed below.