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 and what you might do if you observe this behavior in this week's Discover Nature Note.
People have been stealing kisses under its branches for years, but in nature, mistletoe is the real thief. This parasite plant steals nutrients from trees. It also provides food and homes for birds and mammals. Discover where you can find it naturally in Missouri, in this week's Discover Nature Note.
Its aromatic wood is used for chests and closets, its oils for soaps and gin, and its high-energy berries feed hungry birds. Meet the Eastern Red Cedar. A shapely, spicy evergreen that is a yuletide favorite for people and wildlife. Red cedar branches provide greenery during winter and protect deer and rabbits from the wind. Discover more in this week's Discover Nature Note.