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Fish Fathers

Jun 11, 2018

Fish Fathers: This Sunday is Father's Day. Check out two fish fathers who would qualify for "super dad" status when it comes to raising young fry. Learn their techniques, watch a recipe for catfish with crabmeat, and the answer to a Father's Day riddle below in this week's Discover Nature Note.

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?

channel catfish

Little Armored One

Jun 04, 2018

Little Armored One: That's the spanish translation for armadillos, kin to anteaters and sloths. Their hard, outer shell can't protect them from a habit that turns deadly along roads. Armadillo's jump when frightened, which is poor timing when cars are passing overhead. For this, they've earned the nickname, Texas speedbumps. Armadillo's fare much better crossing ponds. They can inflate their stomach and intestines and paddle across the surface or sink to the bottom and stroll across. Learn more fun facts about Missouri's only armadillo, the nine-banded, in this week's Discover Nature Notes blog.

armadillo

Rattlesnake Rattles

May 28, 2018

Rattlesnake Rattles: 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.  Hint, you cannot judge a snake's age by the number of rattles on its tail.  Watch, listen and explore more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Timber Rattlesnake rattle

The Long and Short of Animal Lifespans

May 21, 2018

The Long and Short of Animal Life Spans: Some take a wild ride to exotic places but don't make their first birthdays. Others live longer, quieter lives close to home.  The fast lane of the natural world is an adventure in survival for most. See the monarch's story up close in stunning time-lapse and learn about animal life spans in this week's Discover Nature Notes.

Red Fox

The Color of Fish

May 14, 2018

The Color of Fish: It's all about the color. Missouri fish can even put on a tropical show. Fish use color for blending into their surroundings, selecting mates and self-defense. They can also change their colors and patterns by mood. Learn more about the how fish use color in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Longear Sunfish

Missouri's Marsupial Moms

May 07, 2018

Missouri's Marsupial Moms: They may be scruffy scavengers, but these mammal moms are made for mobility. Opossums are the only marsupials in North America. Females have fur-lined front pouches to raise their large broods who are born blind, hairless, and weighing less than a dime. Their young will feed and grow in the pouch. Opossum mothers will carry them on their back after that. In May, the babes will head out on their own. Watch opossums in the pouch and on the go and learn about their special skills, like playing possum, in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Opossum mother and babes

Five Things to Watch In Nature

Apr 30, 2018

Five Things to Watch in Nature: Spring may have sprung a bit later this year but this week should be popping. With the 5th of May coming up this Saturday, we're featuring five things to watch for in nature this week as you head outdoors. Some are happening in the woods, others underwater, and a few in backyards or open spaces. A great source to keep up with natural happenings throughout the year as well as vibrant photographs is our natural events calendar. Here are five natural events from the calendar in this week's Discover Nature Note.

wood ducks

Be Bear Aware

Apr 23, 2018

BE BEAR AWARE: Black bears have been making a comeback in Missouri's southern forests. Get to know the black bear, how to identify their tracks, watch them in the wild, and learn how you can be bear aware in Missouri in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Black Bears

Butterfly Gardening

Apr 16, 2018

DISCOVER NATURE NOTES:  Want to bring butterflies to your backyard?  Planting native plants will help feed our native, hungry flyers.  Planting the right greenery to feed their hungry, hungry caterpillars is an easy way to bring them in.  Native plants help native species and will make any garden pop with color throughout the season.  Learn tips to attract butterflies and watch a video on native gardening in this week's Discover Nature Note.

 

 

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

50 Years of Champion Trees

Apr 09, 2018

Everyone likes to root for a champion.  And when that champion is rooted in the ground, it’s an award-winning affair.  For 50 years, Missouri has registered champion trees with state records in over 100 species around the state.  A record tree is decided on a point system that includes height, crown, spread, and trunk size.  The largest tree on record is a bald cypress tree in southeast Missouri. Trees are the largest and oldest living organisms and often mark milestones in our lives and communities.  Learn more about champion trees, how you can view and nominate them, and watch a video of a special champion with its own Facebook page and caretaker family in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Champion Bald Cypress Tree

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