Discover Nature Notes

Celebrating 80 Years of Conservation

Jul 31, 2017

The Missouri Department of Conservation is celebrating 80 Years of Serving Nature and You.  Our rich conservation heritage has been possible thanks to Missouri citizens and partners.  Learn ways you can get involved to shape the next 80 years and offer your ideas at open houses throughout the state in this week's Discover Nature Note.

A closeup of an acorn

The Katydid Song

Jul 24, 2017

You can hear them calling the loudest on summer evenings, in synchronized surround sound.  Learn how katydid's make their sound in this week's Discover Nature Note.

A bright pink katydid on a green leaf

The Bald Trees with the Knobby Knees

Jul 17, 2017

If you want to visit an other-worldly looking destination then you can't beat Missouri's swamps.  And these wouldn't be complete without the bald cypress trees with the knobby knees growing up out of the water.  The best views are at Allred Lake Natural Area and a great time to go is in the fall around Halloween when they reach peak fall color.  Learn more about Bald Cypress Trees by clicking through this week's Discover Nature Note.

bald cypress tree at Allred Lake Natural Area

Wild Fruits of Summer

Jul 10, 2017

If you're wild about wild fruits or looking for new adventure, then summer is a great time to go berry picking in the Show Me state.  Learn some fun facts about three popular summer fruits and when and where to find them as well as a tasty recipe in this week's Discover Nature Note.

wild blackberries

Red, White and Blue in Nature

Jul 03, 2017

Happy Independence Day and Happy 80th Anniversary for the Missouri Department of Conservation! To mark the holiday and anniversary milestone, we are celebrating red, white and blue in nature this week. It's surprising how often these colors appear and where. You can see these colors on display and learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

wild turkey

Have You Seen This Fish?

Jun 26, 2017

It's a commoner with an identity problem and kids love to catch them.  Learn more about this colorful underwater predator  in this week's Discover Nature Note.

green sunfish

Rattlesnake Rattles

Jun 19, 2017

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.  Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Timber Rattlesnake rattle

Fish Fathers

Jun 12, 2017

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? Find the answer to this riddle and learn about two "super dad" fish in this week's Discover Nature Note.


The Bird that Fishes

Jun 05, 2017

With stout frame and a mohawk crest, this potent predator strikes with stealth.  Its prey may not see it coming, but you might if you listen for its swooping call.  Find out more about this wild fisher on Missouri waters in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Belted Kingfisher female with fish

Wild Waifs

May 29, 2017

Baby birds and other young wildlife may look abandoned, but odds are their parents are nearby, caring for them from a distance.  Learn why this happens and why it's best to leave these babes alone in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Young Fawn in Grass


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