Blog Posts from Discover Nature Notes - 2019

Evergreens

Dec 29, 2019

Evergreen trees provide fresh scents and color to Missouri's winter landscape.  Discover the story behind their place in holiday culture in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Snowy Pine

The Christmas Goose

Dec 22, 2019

The Christmas goose is a holiday tradition in some Missouri homes.  Learn more about these giants of the flyways in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Canada Geese

Nature's Flash Mob in White and Blue

Dec 17, 2019

Experience one of nature's largest flash mobs as snow geese winter by the thousands. Discover more about them and experience what its like to be in their midst in this week's Discover Nature Notes.

snow geese flying

The Holiday Tree Thief

Dec 08, 2019

People have been stealing kisses under its branches for years, but in nature, mistletoe is the real thief. This parasite plant steals nutrients from trees. It also provides food and homes for birds and mammals. Discover where you can find it naturally in Missouri, in this week's Discover Nature Note.

mistletoe berries

Christmas Bird Counts

Dec 02, 2019

You can help birds by joining Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count.  These take place across the state and are part of the largest citizen-science effort in the United States.  Learn more about this important project and how birds are doing in this week's Discover Nature Notes blog.

kids birding

The Thanksgiving Turkey

Nov 24, 2019

Wild turkeys are birds simmered in American tradition. Learn how they were restored, hunting tips, and how to prepare them from field to table in this week's Discover Nature Note.

turkey

Snake Myths

Nov 17, 2019

There are many myths about snakes. Some were imported from Europe and others grew as settlers got to know North American snakes.  Separate fact from fiction and overcome your fears with this week's Discover Nature Note.

red milksnake

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

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