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What to look for right now

Photo of an eastern tiger salamander showing front half of body.

In rainy autumn weather, adult male tiger salamanders move to fishless ponds or marshes. Females may move toward water in autumn or in early spring.

Photo of a beaver on land, chewing on a log

In winter, beaver swim under the ice, obtaining oxygen from air holes or from air trapped in pockets between the ice and water.

A White-tailed deer doe and fawn

In white-tailed deer, the color pattern of the winter coat is grayish to grayish brown — not reddish brown to tan — and this is often called the blue coat. The hairs of the back are blacker tipped, giving a darker appearance to the back, but the black chin patch is less sharply defined.

Photo of female and male mallards swimming

Winter is a good time to look for ducks and other waterfowl. Missouri has several wetlands, lakes, ponds, and rivers where you can go with your binoculars and a field guide.

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