Think Spring!

From blooming flowers to baby bison, there's a lot that goes on in the springtime.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy this slideshow of springtime in Missouri, brought to you by The Nature Conservancy.

The Conservancy manages several preserves in the Ozarks, a region known for its plant and animal diversity.  Here, black cohosh (actaea racemosa) blooms at Chilton Creek Research and Demonstration Area.

Here, fiddlehead ferns bloom in Raymondville, Missouri.

Spiderwort blooming in the Missouri Ozarks.

The Nature Conservancy maintains a bison herd at Dunn Ranch Prairie - and springtime is when the bison welcome their newest members into the herd.

Last year, 17 bison were born at Dunn Ranch Prairie.

Along with bison, prairie chickens also call Dunn Ranch Prairie home.  The chickens' mating rituals, which take place in the spring, consist of a low, haunting booming sound and a dance.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Missouri, Ozark burn season is in full bloom as crews clear out the dry brush in time for spring.

The brush is cleared to give native plants more room and resources to grow. The fire also helps control the spread of invasive species.

These photos, taken at Dunn Ranch Prairie, show what the land looks like just after a controlled burn, and after some plant growth.

A healthy, restored prairie. Happy Spring!