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.
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.
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.
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.