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Get your cameras ready, photographers! It's that time of the year again, and the West Plains Gazette is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated 4th Annual Quill Fall Photography Contest. With the changing colors of autumn as your backdrop, this year's contest promises to be bigger, better, and more breathtaking than ever before. more
An Argiope auranti, commonly known in the Ozarks as a garden spider or black-and-yellow garden spider, rests in the center of her web, spotted just off the walking trail at Galloway Creek. Females of this species are the only ones to spin webs, which are often quite large, in order to trap insects it wraps and eats. more
A schedule has been set for ranger-led themed fall hikes at parks within Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR), beginning Sept. 23 and running through Nov. 4, the Ozark Riverways Foundation has announced. All hikes have been categorized by skill level and how long and strenuous the walk is. more
Both locals and visitors braved summer humidity and blistering heat to remember the Round Spring area’s history, culture and people at Echo Bluff on Aug. 5. Round Spring is about 13 miles north of Eminence on Highway 19. more
Modest, but located in a spectacular natural setting, Klepzig Mill in Shannon County is off the beaten path but worth the trip, and in close proximity to other significant geologic and historical locations. more
JOPLIN, Mo. – Snakes are among Missouri’s most misunderstood animals. That’s unfortunate because underneath a snake’s frightful reputation is an animal that performs valuable pest-control services for humans and, with the exception of a few venomous species, is relatively harmless. more
Known for their lush, fast-growing foliage, and stunning autumn color display, silver maple trees (Acer saccharinum) have long been popular among home gardeners and landscapers. Their size and beauty can add instant appeal and value to a property, making them a seemingly desirable addition to any yard. However, beneath this attractive facade lies a list of potential problems that are prompting experts to advise against their planting. more
ASH GROVE, Mo. – Today’s archery enthusiast has many options when it comes to equipment. Whether you’re a bow hunter or a recreational target shooter, knowing what type of bow you need to buy and how to keep your equipment in good working order is a key to successful shooting. more
Two Alton area residents have coauthored a book they hope will be the first in a series that include anecdotes and advice rooted in the Ozarks, plus recipes and instruction in the use of homegrown and sustainable ingredients and the use of herbs in teas, dishes and home remedies. more
A riparian corridor is a stream’s last — and most important — line of defense from other issues occurring on the dry land on either side of the stream. more
VAN BUREN — A partnership that begin over 30 years ago between The Nature Conservancy, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service has culminated in the dedication of 5,805 acres in Peck Ranch as the Don C. Bedell Unit of Peck Ranch Conservation Area. more
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