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On the Water: Rivers and Streams

Jul 16, 2018

COOL OFF On the Water this summer.  With more than 110,000 miles of rivers and streams, Missouri has many chill choices for floating, fishing, exploring and more.  Discover where to go, find helpful tips, and take a musical journey along Missouri waterways in this week's Discover Nature Note

Jacks Fork River

Space Invaders

Jul 09, 2018

Space Invaders:  It's no game when invasive plants take over your backyard or property.  They can become costly and hard to control and displace native plants and animals.  Learn how you can help stop the invasion and join the fight in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Invasive Bush Honeysuckle

Red, White, and Blue in Nature

Jul 02, 2018

Happy Independence Week! To mark the holiday, we are celebrating red, white, and blue in nature. It's surprising how often these colors appear and where. You can see patriotic colors on display in the wild, watch a video, and learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Water flowing around mossy green rocks at Big Spring.

Tropical Visitor

Jun 25, 2018

When was the last time you had a visitor from Costa Rica or Panama?  It may be sooner than you think.  One tropical visitor, known as the Baltimore Oriole, can be found here in the warmer months, feeding on a steady diet of insects and fruit.  Learn more about these colorful birds and how to attract them to your yard in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Photo of male Baltimore oriole perched on branch

Hummingbird Hustle

Jun 18, 2018

Hummingbird Hustle: These pint-sized birds pack a lot of power and speed in their game. They can fly backwards, sideways and even upside down with wings beating 75 times per second. Hummingbirds also feature a rainbow of colors as they flit about seeking nectar from orange and red tubular flowers. Watch a mother hummingbird feeding her young in the nest, and learn more fun facts and how to attract them to your yard in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Hummingbird

Fish Fathers

Jun 11, 2018

Fish Fathers: This Sunday is Father's Day. Check out two fish fathers who would qualify for "super dad" status when it comes to raising young fry. Learn their techniques, watch a recipe for catfish with crabmeat, and the answer to a Father's Day riddle below in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Riddle: Two fathers and two sons go fishing together in the same boat. They all catch a fish but the total catch for the day is three fish. How is this possible?

channel catfish

Little Armored One

Jun 04, 2018

Little Armored One: That's the spanish translation for armadillos, kin to anteaters and sloths. Their hard, outer shell can't protect them from a habit that turns deadly along roads. Armadillo's jump when frightened, which is poor timing when cars are passing overhead. For this, they've earned the nickname, Texas speedbumps. Armadillo's fare much better crossing ponds. They can inflate their stomach and intestines and paddle across the surface or sink to the bottom and stroll across. Learn more fun facts about Missouri's only armadillo, the nine-banded, in this week's Discover Nature Notes blog.

armadillo

Rattlesnake Rattles

May 28, 2018

Rattlesnake Rattles: It's a startling sound that can stop you in your tracks.  There's no mistaking the rattlesnake's rattle.  But how it makes its scary sound and grows its tail may surprise you.  Hint, you cannot judge a snake's age by the number of rattles on its tail.  Watch, listen and explore more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Timber Rattlesnake rattle

The Long and Short of Animal Lifespans

May 21, 2018

The Long and Short of Animal Life Spans: Some take a wild ride to exotic places but don't make their first birthdays. Others live longer, quieter lives close to home.  The fast lane of the natural world is an adventure in survival for most. See the monarch's story up close in stunning time-lapse and learn about animal life spans in this week's Discover Nature Notes.

Box Turtle

The Color of Fish

May 14, 2018

The Color of Fish: It's all about the color. Missouri fish can even put on a tropical show. 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

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