When it comes to protecting our incredible diversity of plants, animals, and the habitats they require, how do conservation organizations decide which landscapes to focus on? And how many different kinds of natural communities are there, anyway? How do you define and identify them? Our system of Terrestrial Natural Communities is an incredibly valuable tool for answering these questions and more.
To understand fish and other aquatic organisms, learn about their basic distribution patterns within the state. Missouri’s four aquatic faunal regions provide a handy way of describing where aquatic animals live within our borders.