Blog Posts from Discover Nature Notes - 2019

International Travel for Birds

Nov 10, 2019

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.

B.K. Leach CA

Why Healthy Deer Matter and How You Can Help

Nov 03, 2019

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.

white-tailed deer

Halloween Creepers

Oct 27, 2019

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.

Silver-Haired Bat

Ballooning Spiders

Oct 20, 2019

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.

crab spider

Hiking for Health and Happiness

Oct 13, 2019

Hike your way to health and happiness with this week's Discover Nature Note.

hiking

What About Bobcat?

Oct 06, 2019

What About Bobcat? No baby steps needed for these stealthy creatures that can climb, pounce, and swim. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Bobcat

Fall's Tasty Treat

Sep 30, 2019

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.

Persimmon

MO Nuts

Sep 21, 2019

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.

black walnuts

Bees in the Hood

Sep 16, 2019

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.

common eastern bumblebee

Mysteries of the Sphinx Moths

Sep 08, 2019

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.

white-lined sphinx larva

Flying Bullbats

Sep 02, 2019

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.

Common Nighthawk

The Hummingbirds of the Fish World

Aug 25, 2019

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.

Niangua Darter

Outdoor Cooking

Aug 18, 2019

Whether you're camping, or cooking out in a park or backyard, food always tastes better outdoors. Discover tips and recipes from MDC's campfire cooks in this week's Discover Nature Note.

wild trout on barbecue grill

Happy Birthday Smokey Bear

Aug 09, 2019

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.

Smokey 75 Year_1944 Advertising Image

The Sincerest Form of Survival

Aug 04, 2019

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.

red milkweed beetle

Missouri's Freshwater Shrimp

Jul 28, 2019

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.

Mississippi Grass Shrimp

Bloodsuckers and Parasites

Jul 21, 2019

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)

mosquito larvae

MO Lobsta?

Jul 14, 2019

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.

Red Swamp Crayfish

Wild Fruits of Summer

Jul 07, 2019

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.

wild blackberries

Red, White, and Blue in Nature

Jun 30, 2019

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.

Turkey

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