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Salamander Sway for Valentines Day

Feb 09, 2020

Shortly after Valentine's Day, a flash mob of spotted salamanders descend into water for their ritual dance during breeding season.

Watch them in action and learn more about salamanders in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Drawing of spotted salamander

Winter Wildlife and Snow

Feb 03, 2020

The amount of snow determines how wildlife survive in winter.Discover how snow can hinder or help various animals in this week's Discover Nature Note.

bobwhite quail in snow

Groundhog Gamble

Jan 26, 2020

On Superbowl Sunday, groundhogs will again rule their day with a popular weather forecast. They're also expert home builders. Discover more in this week's Discover Nature note.

groundhog standing on hind legs

Nature's Winter Coat

Jan 19, 2020

When you live outdoors, you need a warm coat. Discover how their fur helps mammals survive the winter months in this week's Discover Nature Note.

coyote in snow

The Sounds of Winter

Jan 13, 2020

The hills are alive with the sounds of winter. So grab your coat, hat, and gloves and head outdoors to experience the sounds of the season. Discover what to listen for in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Eastern Screech Owl

Bald Eagles and Eagle Days

Jan 05, 2020

Check out bald eagles and the best places to view them in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Bald Eagle


Dec 29, 2019

Evergreen trees provide fresh scents and color to Missouri's winter landscape.  Discover the story behind their place in holiday culture in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Snowy Pine

The Christmas Goose

Dec 22, 2019

The Christmas goose is a holiday tradition in some Missouri homes.  Learn more about these giants of the flyways in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Canada Geese

Nature's Flash Mob in White and Blue

Dec 17, 2019

Experience one of nature's largest flash mobs as snow geese winter by the thousands. Discover more about them and experience what its like to be in their midst in this week's Discover Nature Notes.

snow geese flying

The Holiday Tree Thief

Dec 08, 2019

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.

mistletoe berries


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