Blog Posts from Discover Nature Notes - 2019

Amphibian Noisemakers

May 19, 2019

Discover the musical stylings and skills of Acris crepitans and Hyla versicolor, more commonly known as cricket frogs and gray tree frogs. They provide an outdoor soundtrack suite while munching on pesky insects that are not so sweet. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

gray tree frog calling

Missouri's Marsupial Moms

May 12, 2019

These mammal moms are made for mobility. Opossums are the only marsupials in North America. Females have fur-lined front pouches to raise their large broods which are born blind and hairless, weighing less than a dime.  Despite their scruffy looks, these scavengers are natural cleaners, gobbling up thousands of ticks and eating cockroaches, rats, mice, and more.  Check them out in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Opossums

The Buzz on Flowers

May 05, 2019

Flowers are a great way to show appreciation for Mother's Day. Discover how flowers came to be and how native plants help people and wildlife in this week's Discover Nature Note.

sweet bee on purple milkweed

Send in the Wrens

Apr 28, 2019

They may be among the smallest songbirds, but they make their presence known with loud and persistent singing.  Hear from Carolina, house and Bewick's wrens in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Carolina Wren

Celebrating 50 Years of Urban Fishing

Apr 21, 2019

In 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and the St. Louis Blues were in the Stanley Cup. To ease social tensions at that time, St. Louis became a national, pilot city for an urban fishing program. Catch the unique story of urban fishing and why it's so popular today in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Images of Urban Fishing Program

Spring Forests

Apr 14, 2019

Forests are energy factories! Discover what's blooming and who's moving in Missouri forests this spring in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Meadowlark Melodies

Apr 07, 2019

Eastern and Western meadowlarks sing a different tune, but both birds can be found in grasslands. They sing from perches and nest on the ground. Learn their different songs and find help identifying bird features in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Eastern Meadowlark Singing

Freshwater Mussels

Mar 31, 2019

Freshwater mussels are a powerhouse for cleaning our waters. They have a fantasia-like way of reproducing with the help of host fish. Discover their power and risks, and how you can help protect them in this week's Discover Nature Note.

mussels

The Creature with a Mobile Home

Mar 23, 2019

It's always on the move and brings it's home along too! It is both common and unusual. Its mouth is on the bottom of its foot. It has a foot but no leg. It leaves a trail wherever it goes. This mobile critter has a lot of mechanical features with special attachments. Learn more about this ancient creature found worldwide in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Sharp Hornsnail

The Bird with the Sky on Its Back

Mar 17, 2019

Poet Henry David Thoreau wrote that the bluebird, "carries the sky on its back". Learn more about this symbol of happiness and how you can help them and watch them raise a family by building a nest box.

GAGA Over Ferns

Mar 10, 2019

There are thousands of ferns with creative names and healthy features. You can now officially go "gaga" over them with a new genus of 19 plants named after Lady Gaga, inspired by a grammy costume and DNA sequencing. Discover the resurrection fern. It comes back to life, has been to space, and is used medicinally. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Notes blog.

Maidenhair fern

Nature's Slow Take on Speed Dating

Mar 03, 2019

Male prairie chickens boom, jump in the air, and compete for the attention of hens. The hens take their time strolling by before picking a mate. See their spring dance and learn what's being done to save them in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Prairie chickens

Toad or Frog?

Feb 22, 2019

Which picture is a toad and which is a frog? Learn their differences and what they have in common in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Toad or Frog?

Wily Coyotes

Feb 17, 2019

Wile E. Coyote never could catch the roadrunner in cartoons, but in reality, coyotes have keen survival skills. Learn how two famous Missourians shaped their image, and how to deal with them in urban areas in this week's Discover Nature Note.

coyote in snow

Nature Valentines Top 5

Feb 10, 2019

Many species use showy displays and fancy moves to attract a mate. Catch our top five countdown on the best in show on land, in the air, and on the water.

valentines composite

Hollywood's Voice of Choice

Feb 03, 2019

Their piercing calls are often dubbed for eagles in the movies.  Red-tailed hawks have strong senses as well.  Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Red-tailed hawk in flight

Groundhogs and their Day

Jan 27, 2019

Groundhogs rule their day with a popular weather forecast.  They're also expert home builders.  Learn more and the answer to an age old question in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Groundhog weather cartoon

WHO Are You?

Jan 19, 2019

If you really want to know what owls you are seeing and hearing, check out this week's Discover Nature Note.

Great Horned Owl

Outdoor Winter Adventures

Jan 13, 2019

Here are three adventures to get you out of the house and into Missouri's great outdoors this winter. They offer a chance to engage all the senses as well as your family and friends. Tap into the fun in this week's Discover Nature Note.

winter trout fishing

Woody Woodpecker's Real Life Model

Jan 06, 2019

The pileated woodpecker is the real-life inspiration for the Woody Woodpecker cartoon. Its real call is more piercing than the familiar "ha-ha, ha-ha-hah". Spongy skull bones help protect their brains during tree hammering. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

pileated woodpecker