Blog Posts from Discover Nature Notes - 2020

Stripes, Speed, and Super Fun

Sep 20, 2020

Thirteen-lined ground squirrels are the feature attraction in this week's Discover Nature Note. Watch them in action before they head underground for the winter.

ground squirrel

Top 5 Fall Hikes

Sep 13, 2020

Take a hike this fall and enjoy some spectacular Missouri scenery. Check out our top five trail picks in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Painted Rock Conservation Area

Painted Ladies

Sep 06, 2020

Painted Lady butterflies span the globe, eat thistle, and have irruptive migrations seen around September wildflowers. See the fruits of their labor in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Painted Lady Butterfly

How to Feed Hungry Birds

Aug 30, 2020

Discover how to feed birds, make homemade bird feed, and a build a peanut feeder in this week's Discover Nature Note.

male downy woodpecker at feeder

Cowbird Kids

Aug 23, 2020

One of these eggs is not like the other. Learn how cowbirds con other birds into raising their young in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Cowbird Egg in Nest

Missouri's Freshwater Shrimp

Aug 16, 2020

Shrimp in Missouri. Who knew? They won't make a meal like they did in the 1800's, but these freshwater shrimp are important to fish and other wildlife. Check them out in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Mississippi Grass Shrimp

Cavorting Cottontails

Aug 10, 2020

Look for cottontail rabbits cavorting on summer evenings. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

young eastern cottontail rabbit

Great Golden Digger Wasps: Scary Good

Aug 02, 2020

Discover WHY you want this wasp around and HOW scary good Great Golden Diggers are in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Brawny Badgers

Jul 26, 2020

The American Badger is built for digging. And equally fierce on both offense and defense. Dig them in this week's Discover Nature Note.

American Badger

Grasshopper Rhythm

Jul 20, 2020

Discover the insect that makes our unofficial song of summer in this week's Discover Nature Note.

differential grasshopper

On the Water

Jul 12, 2020

COOL OFF On the Water this summer. Find tips and get inspired in this week's Discover Nature Note. See where the Beatles floated on one of Missouri's most scenic riverways while on their first American tour in a special bonus video.
 

Shoal Creek

Wild Fruits of Summer

Jul 06, 2020

Looking for something wild and healthy to do? Berry picking may be the summer adventure for you. Discover where, how, and a tasty recipe in this week's Discover Nature Note.
 

Gooseberries

Red, White, and Blue in Nature

Jun 28, 2020

Celebrate red, white, and blue in nature this Independence week in our Discover Nature Notes blog.

Bald Eagle

Helping Birds

Jun 22, 2020

We are loving our birds these days.  Discover why bird populations are in decline and simple ways you can help in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Evening Grosbeak bird

Father Fishes

Jun 14, 2020

Gear up for Father's Day with a tale of two fish dads, some top fishing tips, and a tasty recipe in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Rattlesnake Rattles

Jun 07, 2020

It's a sound that will stop you in your tracks. Discover how rattlesnake rattles are formed and how their highly effective warning sound is made in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Timber Rattlesnake rattle

Celebrate National Days Outdoors

May 31, 2020

Celebrate national days locally in Missouri's great outdoors this month. Get ideas and tips in this month's Discover Nature Note.

trail

The Color of Fish

May 26, 2020

Fish use color for blending into their surroundings, selecting mates, and self-defense. They can also change their colors and patterns by mood. Learn more about the how fish use color in this week's Discover Nature Note.
 

Longear Sunfish

Amphibian Noisemakers

May 17, 2020

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

Gray Tree Frog Calling

Landscaping for Wildlilfe

May 11, 2020

Liven up your backyard for some wild company. You can create a mix that invites birds, butterflies, turtles, and other animals to your outdoor space. Learn some landscaping tips to add song and life to your outdoor space in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Backyard naturescape

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