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Don’t be surprised to discover jellyfish in Missouri freshwater bodies

An invasive species of jellyfish from the Yangtze River Basin in China is thriving in St. Louis region freshwater habitats. The species , also known as the peach blossom or freshwater jellyfish, are common throughout Missouri’s lakes, reservoirs and other slow-moving bodies of water, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The jellyfish have been in the United States since 1888. The first one collected in Missouri was in 1930 from a quarry pit in St. Charles County, said Will Mab

Tower Grove Park’s restored stream teaches about the Osage Nation and reduces flooding

Tower Grove Park revived a stream buried for more than 120 years to reduce flooding in the nearby Shaw neighborhood. The restored stream on the east side of the park now contains rain gardens that capture and redistribute stormwater to prevent flooding. It will also be the site where people in the St. Louis region can learn about Missouri’s first inhabitants, the Osage Nation. The park has renamed the stream Nee Kee Nee, which means “revived waters” in the Osage language. In consultation with

Christmas Bird Count could confirm decline in bird species across the St. Louis region

For conservationists like Erin Shank, a wildlife biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, data collected by various citizen science initiatives is important to track bird populations that are declining due to climate change and avian influenza. Starting Wednesday, people in the St. Louis region can participate in one of these initiatives right in their own backyard. Until Jan. 5, the Christmas Bird Count will take place at Pere Marquette State Park, Weldon Springs Wildlife Area a

Two anti-racist scholars and writers take on the cultural limits of "objectivity"

As an early-career environmental journalist, I guessed that objectivity was the most important goal in the field. But as a poet finishing up an MFA at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, this kind of writing doesn’t come naturally to me. Poetry requires that I use the first-person pronoun a lot, and when I do, I often get frustrated because I want to tell a narrative that means something to the collective “we.” Journalism challenges my comfort zone and urges me to become a more versatile wr