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Intoxicated Wildlife

Dec 28, 2020

When might some birds need a designated flyer? When their food is overripe. Favored fruits can become fermented. For birds and insects consuming rotten fruit or overripe nectar, this temporary impairment can leave them vulnerable to injury and predators. Learn more about this natural phenomena in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Cedar Waxwing eats berry

Outdoor Holiday Activities

Dec 21, 2020

Discover some healthy and fun outdoor holiday activities for the whole family in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Runge Nature Center

Snowflake Shapes

Dec 13, 2020

Discover the one thing in common all snowflakes have and how they're formed in this week's Discover Nature Notes.

Northern Cardinal in the snow

Party in the Night Sky

Dec 06, 2020

Watch December's party in the sky featuring the Geminid meteor showers and a rare appearance of a "Christmas Star." Find out how, where, and when to watch the light show in this week's Discover Nature Note.

NIght Sky for Mid December

Migration Sensation

Nov 29, 2020

Here's one crowd you can safely stand in the midst and watch a spectacular fall show between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check out Missouri's unique vantage point for viewing wild visitors in this week's Discover Nature Note.

snow geese flying

The Thanksgiving Turkey

Nov 22, 2020

Wild turkeys are birds simmered in American tradition. Discover their story, some fun trivia, and tasty recipes in this week's Discover Nature Note.


I Spy a Hawk

Nov 15, 2020

Wonder why we see so many hawks near the highways? Hawks use the roadside to scan fields for their prey. Find out more in this weeks Discover Nature Note.

Red-tailed hawk in flight

Dabblers vs Divers

Nov 08, 2020

DABBLERS VS. DIVERS: Discover how to tell dabbling ducks from diving ducks by the way they eat, fly and look in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Wood Duck

International Bird Travel

Nov 01, 2020

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.

Woodpecker Superpowers

Oct 26, 2020

A third eyelid, toes that point in opposite directions, and a jackhammer-like beak help woodpeckers feed and build their tree homes. Discover woodpecker superpowers and how you can help them in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Male Downy Woodpecker


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