How would a bird find its way back to your backyard after wintering thousands of miles away? Check out the navigation hacks that birds use for their international travels in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Why healthy deer matter how you can help: Missouri's white-tailed deer are valued for outdoor recreation, jobs and tourism. The work of keeping our deer herd healthy today is as important as the early work to restore them. Learn more about deer health, CWD, and mandatory testing in this week's Discover Nature Note.
With names like robber and assassin, big eyes, and hairy features, some critters just give folks the creeps. Learn more about them and their contributions to the circle of life in the Halloween version of Discover Nature Notes.
Watch for flying spiders this fall. The newly hatched young will find a launch point, release their silk, and balloon to new territory. Learn more, including what they've been mistaken for, in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Eat them green and you'll pucker up like a sunfish. Gather them ripe before the raccoons, and you'll enjoy Missouri's tastiest fall treat-- perfect for pies, breads, and puddings. Persimmons are a homegrown favorite. Discover more including recipes, and what sports use the wood in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Gather ye nuts while ye may. In Missouri, that's September and October. Our top three picks for nutrition, economic value and taste are black walnuts, pecans and hickories. Discover more and try a tasty recipe for glazed nuts in this week's Discover Nature Notes.
Without them, our produce aisles would be mostly bare. With less of them, harvest sizes will shrink and prices will soar. Bees are essential for many of the foods we eat and nutrients we need. Learn simple ways you can help bees in this week's Discover Nature Note.
They rest like a sphinx, hover like a hummingbird, flutter like a bat, and are built for speed like a plane. Sphinx moths have an identity crisis. With us, not them. Many are mistaken for other species. Discover more in this week's Discover Nature Notes.
Watch for creatures known as flying "bullbats" in Missouri's September skies. Common Nighthawks fly like bats and make booming dives at dawn and dusk on their southern migration. Hear what they sound like and why their name makes no sense in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Darters have been called the hummingbirds of the fish world. See their flash-and-dash, and travel streamside to discover the Niangua darter, a fish found only in Missouri, in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear! Our beloved American icon has been protecting our lands from wildfires since 1944. Discover who shares his birthday and how "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires" in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but for wildlife, it can up the odds for survival. Mimicry is used for defense, attack, and camouflage in the wild. See how it's done in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Shrimp in Missouri, Who Knew?: Two types of freshwater shrimp can be found in Missouri's lakes and rivers. One is common and one is rare. The Mississippi Grass shrimp is small and transparent. The female pictured is carrying her eggs attached to swimmerets beneath her abdomen. The Ohio shrimp are larger and harder to find. Missouri's freshwater shrimp are important to fish and other wildlife. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Do not let these bloodsuckers and parasites ruin your great time in the outdoors! Mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers are out in force this year. Discover their wild ways and the best defense/good offense advice on fending them off in this week's Discover Nature Note. (Pictured: mosquito larvae)
Does Missouri have lobster? Our crayfish are a smaller relative, but a large powerhouse for fueling and housing hundreds of species, and helping soils, plants and waterways. Learn why, see them up close, and catch a recipe for etouffee in this week's Discover Nature Notes.
Looking for something wild and healthy to do? Berry picking may be the summer adventure for you. Check out where and how you can harvest native fruits and create your own treats in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Happy Independence Week! To mark the holiday, we are celebrating RED, WHITE, and BLUE in nature. Check out patriotic colors and catch some fun facts about our national bird in this week's Discover Nature Note.