Blog Posts from Discover Nature Notes - 2016

Intoxicated Wildlife

Dec 26, 2016

When might some wildlife need a designated flyer? When their food is overripe. Learn more about intoxicated wildlife in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Cedar Waxwing eats berry

What's That Tree?

Dec 19, 2016

Trees are often identified by their leaves, but that's only one of several categories of distinction. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Notes.

Slippery Elm

The Sparrow Story

Dec 12, 2016

Described often as those little brown birds, sparrows are some of the easiest to attract if you want to manage a bird feeder through the winter. Learn more about these easy to please visitors in this week's Discover Nature Notes.

Fox Sparrow

Christmas Bird Counts

Dec 05, 2016

A lesser known holiday tradition is the Christmas Bird Count. Learn how this annual practice helps keep tabs on bird species and their locations throughout the country in this week's Discover Nature Notes.

Kids Birding

The Blue Jay Way

Nov 28, 2016

They're loud and tough and colorful.  Learn about the Blue Jay way in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Blue Jay

Hawk Talk

Nov 21, 2016

Wonder why we see so many hawks near the highways? Hawks use the roadisde to scan fields for their prey. Find out more in this weeks Discover Nature Note.

Red-tailed Hawk

The Incredible Flying Squirrel

Nov 14, 2016

Watch out for the flying….squirrel! These squirrels can glide two or three car lengths. Find out more in this weeks Discover Nature Note.

Flying Squirrel on Tree

Diving Ducks

Nov 07, 2016

Scaups are diving ducks that can fully submerge and swim underwater. Find out more on this weeks Discover Nature Note.

Lesser Scaup Male

The Deerly Beloved

Oct 31, 2016

White-tailed deer are plentiful and popular in Missouri.  Learn more about keeping them healthy in this week’s Discover Nature Note.

White-tailed Deer

Creepy Critters

Oct 24, 2016

BOO! Creepy creatures are always on our minds during this time. Find out more about these creatures in this weeks Discover Nature Note.

Silver hair Bat

Woolly Bear: Nature's Weather Predictor

Oct 17, 2016

Wooly Bears are known to be able to signal when there is going to be cold weather coming up. Find out more in the weeks Discover Nature Note.

Wooly Bear Caterpillar

It's a Falcon!

Oct 10, 2016

The world’s most common and fastest bird of prey can be seen soaring around large cities and waterways. Find out more in this weeks Discover Nature Note.

Peregrine Falcon

Carnivorous, Camouflaged Copperheads

Oct 03, 2016

Keep copperheads away by getting rid of wood or rock piles and tall grass around your home. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note. 

Eastern Copperhead

The Great Urban Greenspace

Sep 26, 2016

Cleaning polluted air is just one of the benefits of greenspaces. Find out more of the environmental benefits in this week's Discover Nature Note. 

Urban greenways provide many benefits.

The Acorn and the Squirrel

Sep 19, 2016

Acorns are a main food source for all kinds of animals during the winter, especially the squirrel. Find out more in this week's Discover Nature Note. 

reddish squirrel on wooden fence rail

Show-Me Mushrooms

Sep 12, 2016

Mushroom hunting is popular in the spring, but there are many varieties that grow in the fall as well.  Learn more in this week’s Discover Nature Note.

Photo of three ringless honey mushroom clusters on exposed tree root.

Busy Bees

Sep 05, 2016

Their sight and sound might bring panic at a picnic, but our need for bees is crucial.

bumblebee

The Itsy-Bitsy Garden Spider

Aug 29, 2016

It’s a shame that little Miss Muffett was too frightened to meet the spider that sat down beside her. She would have discovered that spiders are exceptional creatures.

Closeup of yellow garden spider on web

Splat!

Aug 22, 2016

Why is it that when insects hit your windshield, they seem to hit right where you are looking? Who are these insects, and why are they out flying around?

image of a Rosy Maple Moth

Where in the World is the Warbler?

Aug 15, 2016

In August, as children prepare to migrate back into the classroom, warblers must also get ready for a long journey.

Photo of a prothonotary warbler perched on a small branch.

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