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Happy Birthday Smokey Bear

Aug 09, 2019

Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear! Our beloved American icon has been protecting our lands from wildfires since 1944. Discover who shares his birthday and how "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires" in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Smokey 75 Year_1944 Advertising Image

The Sincerest Form of Survival

Aug 04, 2019

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but for wildlife, it can up the odds for survival. Mimicry is used for defense, attack, and camouflage in the wild. See how it's done in this week's Discover Nature Note.

red milkweed beetle

Missouri's Freshwater Shrimp

Jul 28, 2019

Shrimp in Missouri, Who Knew?: Two types of freshwater shrimp can be found in Missouri's lakes and rivers. One is common and one is rare. The Mississippi Grass shrimp is small and transparent. The female pictured is carrying her eggs attached to swimmerets beneath her abdomen. The Ohio shrimp are larger and harder to find. Missouri's freshwater shrimp are important to fish and other wildlife. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Mississippi Grass Shrimp

Bloodsuckers and Parasites

Jul 21, 2019

Do not let these bloodsuckers and parasites ruin your great time in the outdoors! Mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers are out in force this year. Discover their wild ways and the best defense/good offense advice on fending them off in this week's Discover Nature Note. (Pictured: mosquito larvae)

mosquito larvae

MO Lobsta?

Jul 14, 2019

Does Missouri have lobster? Our crayfish are a smaller relative, but a large powerhouse for fueling and housing hundreds of species, and helping soils, plants and waterways. Learn why, see them up close, and catch a recipe for etouffee in this week's Discover Nature Notes.

Red Swamp Crayfish

Wild Fruits of Summer

Jul 07, 2019

Looking for something wild and healthy to do? Berry picking may be the summer adventure for you. Check out where and how you can harvest native fruits and create your own treats in this week's Discover Nature Note.

wild blackberries

Red, White, and Blue in Nature

Jun 30, 2019

Happy Independence Week! To mark the holiday, we are celebrating RED, WHITE, and BLUE in nature. Check out patriotic colors and catch some fun facts about our national bird in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Turkey

On the Water

Jun 23, 2019

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, and more. Get inspired with some famous Missouri musicians playing live in 8 water locations, and find helpful tips in this week's Discover Nature Note. Note: Please check weather, road, and water conditions before heading out.

Shoal Creek

Nest Eggs

Jun 17, 2019

One of these eggs is out of place. There's a devious plan at work in this nest. Find out why, and how bird eggs are designed for competitive edge, in this week's Discover Nature Note.

cowbird egg in dickcissel nest

Fish Fathers

Jun 09, 2019

Father's Day is a popular time of year for family fishing. Check out two fish fathers who would qualify for "super dad" status when it comes to raising young fry. Learn their techniques and catch some fishing tips in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Flathead Catfish

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