Discover Nature NotesMore posts

WHO Are You?

Jan 19, 2019

Owls can liven up winter evenings in Missouri. And this is the best season to see and hear them. These three owls are commonly found in our state. Here's how you can tell them apart with fun facts, pics, and sounds.

Barred Owls

You'll find these in deep woods around rivers and swamps. They usually save their calls for the darker hours. They will respond to imitated calls. If you hear them, call back. They may even approach. Barred owls are hard to locate by sound since they have a ventroloquial voice.

Great Horned Owls

They are also called Hoot Owls. If you live in the city, you are most likely to see and hear these owls. Their call is a series of hoots similar to the barred owl. They will also respond if you imitate their call. Great horned owls help reduce rodent populations. They're also revered by many Native American tribes.

Eastern Screech-Owls

These tiny owls like towns, woods, and farms. Despite their name, their call is a softer, mournful sound. They often perch in cedars and pines and are active only at night. Like other owls, they have keen hearing and sharp eyes.

Discover more about Missouri owls in our Field Guide.

Great horned owl_07.jpg

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl.mp3

Barred Owl
Barred Owl Call

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl Call
Great Horned Owl Call

Eastern Screech Owl.R.mp3

Eastern Screech-Owl Call
Eastern Screech-Owl Call

Recent Posts

Spring Forests

Apr 14, 2019

Forests are energy factories! Discover what's blooming and who's moving in Missouri forests this spring in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Eastern Meadowlark Singing

Meadowlark Melodies

Apr 07, 2019

Eastern and Western meadowlarks sing a different tune, but both birds can be found in grasslands. They sing from perches and nest on the ground. Learn their different songs and find help identifying bird features in this week's Discover Nature Note.

mussels

Freshwater Mussels

Mar 31, 2019

Freshwater mussels are a powerhouse for cleaning our waters. They have a fantasia-like way of reproducing with the help of host fish. Discover their power and risks, and how you can help protect them in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Field Guide

Discovering nature from A-Z is one click away

Recipes

You had fun hunting, catching or gathering your quarry—now have more fun cooking and eating it.
Check out the recipes