Discover Nature Notes

Nature Valentines Top 5

Feb 10, 2019

Many species use showy displays and fancy moves to attract a mate. Catch our top five countdown on the best in show on land, in the air, and on the water.

valentines composite

Hollywood's Voice of Choice

Feb 03, 2019

Their piercing calls are often dubbed for eagles in the movies.  Red-tailed hawks have strong senses as well.  Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Red-tailed hawk in flight

Groundhogs and their Day

Jan 27, 2019

Groundhogs rule their day with a popular weather forecast.  They're also expert home builders.  Learn more and the answer to an age old question in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Groundhog weather cartoon

WHO Are You?

Jan 19, 2019

If you really want to know what owls you are seeing and hearing, check out this week's Discover Nature Note.

Great Horned Owl

Outdoor Winter Adventures

Jan 13, 2019

Here are three adventures to get you out of the house and into Missouri's great outdoors this winter. They offer a chance to engage all the senses as well as your family and friends. Tap into the fun in this week's Discover Nature Note.

winter trout fishing

Woody Woodpecker's Real Life Model

Jan 06, 2019

The pileated woodpecker is the real-life inspiration for the Woody Woodpecker cartoon. Its real call is more piercing than the familiar "ha-ha, ha-ha-hah". Spongy skull bones help protect their brains during tree hammering. Learn more in this week's Discover Nature Note.

pileated woodpecker

Bald Eagles

Dec 30, 2018

Learn more about our national symbol and where you can view bald eagles up-close in this week's Discover Nature Note.

bald eagle flying

Giants of the Sky

Dec 23, 2018

Learn about these giants of the flyways in this week's Discover Nature Note.

The Holiday Tree Thief

Dec 16, 2018

The Holiday Tree Thief: 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 more about mistletoe and where you can find it naturally in Missouri, in this week's Discover Nature Note.

mistletoe berries

Winter Sparrows

Dec 09, 2018

Winter Sparrows: They're all around us in winter, eat cheap, and frequently feed on the ground. Sparrows are small birds with thick bills for cracking seeds. Sparrows are mostly brown but some have showy accents like yellow eyebrows, red caps, and white mohawks. Discover how sparrows can lively-up your backyard in the dead of winter, and hear their calls and chirps in this week's Discover Nature Notes blog.

american tree sparrow


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