Discover Nature (Missouri Department of Conservation)

Missouri Department of Conservation

As temperatures freeze and thaw in late winter, one of the sweetest harvests awaits in the Missouri woods.  This week on Discover Nature, tap a tree, and collect a treat.


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This winter, consider a style of hunting that doesn’t require any special equipment, and has no bag limit. This week on Discover Nature, head outdoors in search of deer sheds.

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The holiday season continues, but as we enter the new year and Christmas trees come down, consider giving one more gift – to nature. Re-using cut Christmas trees can provide great habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.

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Missouri’s resident and migratory bald eagle populations peak in the winter, and now is a great time to look for these iconic American raptors.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Did you know there are more than 200 species of woodpeckers in the world? This week on Discover Nature: look and listen for the seven species that call Missouri home.


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Many Americans continue the European tradition of the Christmas tree. In Europe, people used spruces and firs to decorate their homes. This week on Discover Nature we look for another Missouri evergreen: the Eastern Red Cedar.

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

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On a crisp Missouri night, take a walk in the woods and listen. You’ll likely hear one of our state’s most fascinating birds.  This week on Discover Nature, listen for owls courting in the woods. 

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This week, in the United States, we give thanks.  For many of us, that involves a feast with friends and family. While the turkey may take center stage on the table this year, there’s often another seasonal delicacy nearby.

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As food sources become harder to find in the winter, birds go looking for berries, grain and seed at home feeders.

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The white-tailed deer grabs our attention in November, perhaps more than any other animal except the thanksgiving turkey.

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This week on Discover Nature, watch and listen for migrating waterfowl.

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Can you name a common Missouri animal that is also one of the least visible? This week on Discover Nature we learn more about beavers.

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


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This week on Discover Nature, we’ll look for one of Missouri’s late-blooming native wildflowers. 

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When people find baby snakes around their homes, they wonder, "Where did it come from? Is it poisonous? Will we find more?"

During late August, September and early October, young snakes are moving around, looking for hiding places, food or spots to hole up for the winter.  The majority of baby snakes people find are newly-hatched prairie kingsnakes, water snakes and black rat snakes, which most people call "black snakes."

 


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

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“Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch” is an old song you might be familiar with, but today, surprisingly few Missourians know a pawpaw tree when they see one. This week on Discover Nature brought to you by the Missouri Department of Conservation we find the pawpaw.

Discover Nature: Black Bears Prepare for Winter

Sep 13, 2016
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Discover Nature this week as the American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) prepares for winter. 


Discover Nature: Monarchs Migrating

Sep 6, 2016
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What’s that large butterfly perhaps you’ve seen lately? You know, the ones with the black and orange wing patterns. This week on Discover Nature we meet the Monarch Butterfly.

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

The blue-winged teal (Anas discors) breeds across North America, spending its summers as far north as Alaska.  These ducks leave their summer homes early to overwinter along the Gulf of Mexico, or as far south as Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.

Adult males – or drakes – are small, each with a dark gray head and a white crescent between the eye and bill.  A light blue patch adorns the fore-wing just above a greenish patch called a speculum, below.

Discover Nature: Herons and Egrets Disperse

Aug 16, 2016
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Discover Nature this week as herons and egrets begin to move out of their nests and head south for the season.


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This week on Discover Nature, keep an eye to the sky in the predawn hours, as the Perseid meteor shower peaks.


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Missouri’s freshwater mussels live all around us, sitting quietly in streambeds, often unnoticed despite their bright pearls and colorful names. Discover Nature this week, as the pocketbook mussel begins breeding.


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Among the members of the Squirrel Family living in Missouri, you’ll most likely see Eastern gray and fox squirrels.


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If you’ve stepped out to enjoy the night air lately, you’ve likely noticed a loud newcomer to the chorus of night sounds.  This week on Discover Nature, we’ll shine some light on the Northern True Katydid.


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This week on Discover Nature, take a trip to a stream or pond near you, and observe the colorful dance of mating dragonflies across the surface of the water. 


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

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

Discover Nature: Softshell Turtles

Jun 21, 2016
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Take a canoe out on a local pond or stream this week, and you’ll likely encounter Spiny softshell turtles.


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