Discover Nature (Missouri Department of Conservation)

Missouri Department of Conservation

As colder air moves into Missouri this week, keep an eye to the sky for honking flocks of snow geese.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Now that most leaves have fallen from Missouri’s trees, look for the smooth, white limbs of a giant rising over streams and river banks: Discover Nature this week with the American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis).

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, we give thanks, and recognize the king of North American game birds.

Missouri Department of Conservation

As days get shorter and temperatures drop, Missouri’s black bears are entering dens to spend the winter months when food supplies are scarce.


Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, watch for white-tailed deer in rut.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, listen for the eerie calls of bobcats in the wild.

Missouri Department of Conservation

As warm days grow farther apart, waves of colder air sweep across the state, bringing wind and rain that chill the blaze of autumn leaves.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, watch for spiders spinning silken webs, and “ballooning.”

Missouri Department of Conservation

As autumn begins in Missouri, one of the state’s most fragile and unique species is active beneath the surface of some streams.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature keep your eyes peeled around dusk for groups of little brown bats.


Missouri Department of Conservation

Celebrate the arrival of autumn this week, and watch for a variety of ripening tree nuts falling to the ground.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, get outside to enjoy early autumn weather, and keep an eye out for the first signs of fall color.


Missouri Department of Conservation

This week in the woods, or backyard garden, you’ll likely cross paths with the monarch butterfly.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, watch for scrape-marks, or rubs on trees, as white-tailed deer shed “velvet” from their antlers.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover Nature this week as a swift-flying, migratory duck begins returning to Missouri from the north.


Missouri Department of Conservation

On summer evenings, as day turns to night, insects and wildlife undergo a routine changing-of-the-guard. This week on Discover Nature, we take a look at what to expect in nature as a rare total solar eclipse casts a shadow across the middle of Missouri.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, watch – and listen – for a tiny, feathered pollinator that sings with its wings.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri’s 65 species of freshwater mussels live all around us, sitting quietly in the bottoms of rivers and streams, often unnoticed despite their bright pearls and colorful names. Discover Nature this week, as the “Pocketbook” mussel begins breeding.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, find a spot to escape the summer heat in a pond or pool of a cool stream, and you may find one of the largest wildflowers in Missouri.

Missouri Department of Conservation

As we head into the middle of summer, keep an eye out in the woods for ripening blackberries.

Missouri Department of Conservation

After the smoke clears from Fourth of July fireworks, keep an eye out for a native Missouri wildflower whose shape resembles those celebratory blasts of fire in the sky.

This week on Discover Nature, celebrate summer with the colorful blooms of wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).

Missouri Department of Conservation

Spend much time near a Missouri waterbody in summer, and chances are you’ll see reptiles galore including water snakes basking on a sunny day.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Listen at the water’s edge this week, and you’ll likely hear Missouri’s largest frog, and official state amphibian.

Missouri Department of Conservation

From tiny ants to bats, birds, bees, and butterflies, we depend on pollinators to produce our food, and protect biodiversity. This week on Discover Nature, we celebrate national pollinator week.

Missouri Department of Conservation

As spring greening leans into summer color in Missouri’s outdoors, one native shrub is beginning to blossom in full force this week.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Bird nesting peaks in late spring, and paying close attention to this seasonal behavior can show us more about the birds we see around us every day.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Slow and steady wins the race, but when it comes to crossing roads turtles often lose. This week, as you’re driving down the highway or back roads, keep your eyes peeled for turtles in your path.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Do you like to camp? Are campfires a part of your plan? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds you to be safe and have fun this spring and summer, but please don’t move firewood. Otherwise, you may be inadvertently spreading an insect invader that’s wreaking havoc across the United States. In this week’s installment of Discover Nature, we recognize Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Wildflowers and warm weather signify the arrival of spring in Missouri and one of the state’s largest, heaviest wild mammals enjoys the season as much as we do. This week on Discover Nature, we recognize May as National Bear Awareness Month.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week in Missouri’s woods, a native, thorny, locust tree displays clusters of fragrant white flowers.

The black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) grows in dry or rocky upland woods, along streams, and in pastures, and thickets.

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