Blog Posts from Discover Nature Notes - 2014

What a Hoot!

Dec 29, 2014

Owls: A bird you hear at night but rarely catch a glimpse of during the day. What’s the story with this ever-elusive fowl?

Great Horned Owl

Forever Evergreens

Dec 22, 2014

Evergreen trees are a staple in Missouri’s winter landscape. But what’s the story behind their existence and their place in holiday culture?

Snowy Pine

Goosin’ Around

Dec 15, 2014

You frequently see them taking five at any given park pond. But what’s the story behind those geese?

Canada Goose

The “Bear” Necessities

Dec 08, 2014

The black bear plays a big part in the Missouri wild mammal population.


History of the House Finch

Dec 01, 2014

Extra! Extra! There’s a new bird on the block.

House Finch

It’s Turkey Time!

Nov 24, 2014

Most of us can agree: It’s not a proper Thanksgiving feast without turkey. But there’s more to this bird than looking delicious amongst the mashed potatoes and gravy.

Male Wild Turkey

The Battle of the Bucks

Nov 17, 2014

No need to watch Discovery Channel or Animal Planet to catch one of Mother Nature’s most exciting shows.

White Tailed Deer

Weather, As Told by Nature

Nov 10, 2014

Imagine a time when radars and barometers did not exist, when people relied on something other than technology to determine if the day were to be full of rain or shine.

Champion Oak

Rollin’ with the River Otters

Nov 03, 2014

One of Missouri’s most curious creatures that dominates its lakes and streams is one that is fun to watch.

River Otter

Wacky Woodpeckers

Oct 27, 2014

Their humorous way of doing things has made them a mainstay in cartoons. But did you know the woodpecker plays a serious role in the ecosystems of Missouri’s forests?

Pileated Wookpecker

How Do Fall Colors Come to Be?

Oct 20, 2014

Look out your window. See that in the trees? The colors of autumn are dominating the Missouri landscape.

Hartsburg Fall Color

The Great Migration

Oct 13, 2014

It’s time to get out those binoculars and get ready for some intense bird watching! Waterfowl migration will soon take over Missouri skies.


Fall’s Best Fruit: Persimmon

Oct 06, 2014

Pumpkins, apples, cranberries … we can smell the pies and cookies baking already! But one commonly overlooked fruit you should definitely add to your fall cookbooks is the persimmon.


Hungry Birds

Sep 29, 2014

Have you been looking for a new hobby as of late? Have you ever thought of making your own homemade birdfeeder?

Tufted Titmouse

Oh, My, Meanders!

Sep 22, 2014

Do you and your pals enjoy floating down rivers and streams? Or are you more of an adventurous canoeist? Either way, venturing out on Missouri’s many bodies of water is a fantastic way to experience another aspect of nature.


All About Antlers

Sep 15, 2014

One of the most magnificent parts of a deer–and a defining trademark that separates it from its other four-legged counterparts–are its antlers. Many people can’t help but wonder: How do they come to be?


The Skinny on Snakes

Sep 08, 2014

Despite their slithery nature, scaly skin and downright scary appearance, snakes play a vital role in Missouri’s ecosystem.

Red Milk Snake

Conniving Cowbirds

Aug 25, 2014

One of a bird’s many talents is its ability to build the nest in which they lay their eggs. But in the case of the Brown-Headed Cowbird, a talent that distinguishes them from their avian counterparts is one of sheer trickery.

Brown-Headed Male Cowbird

Seeds That Flee

Aug 18, 2014

The next time you pick a dandelion from the ground, make a wish and blow its seeds into the wind, remember this: You’re playing a vital role in how a dandelion reproduces in new habitats.

Spotted Touch-me-not Jewelweed

Brawny, Burrowing Badgers

Aug 11, 2014

Just think: If badgers could help us with our gardening activities, our plants would always be in tip-top shape.