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The Long and Short of Animal Lifespans

May 21, 2018

A journey to exotic places and riding the wind are part of life for some animals, but a first birthday is NOT.

The Monarch butterfly travels over a thousand miles to Mexico when it’s just 3 or 4 months old. Despite this excitement, they won’t live to see their first birthday.  Watch their story in cinematic time-lapse below.

Some larger animals, like the red fox and red-tailed hawk, can live a long time in captivity, but in the “fast lane” of the natural world, life for most birds and mammals is an adventure in survival.

Box turtles live longer but quieter lives.  While most Missouri turtles live 15-30 years, box turtles can live between 50 and 80 years, often sticking close to home and spending half their time hibernating.

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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.  Seperate fact from fiction and overcome your fears with this week's Discover Nature Note.





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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.

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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.

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