Pecans are ripe for the picking! Brush off your favorite recipes. If you need some inspiration, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/Z3U.
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters.
Look for red admiral butterflies through November. They frequent woody and grassy areas and gardens, especially in late afternoon and dusk. Males perch on trees and shrubs as they watch for females, but this time of year, they may be more interested in flying south for the winter.
As you are walking in the woods this fall, look up amongst the leafless trees. You may spot a bald-faced hornets’ nest. These large, rounded, papery, gray nests are often used in natural history displays. Baldfaced hornets chew on wood and mix it with their saliva to construct their nests.
Birds are gathering at stations this time of year. Are you prepared? If you need help getting your feeders set up, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/ZpZ.
Join us for an invigorating mid-November hike of the Turkey Ridge Trail (moderate 2.0 miles with hills). As we progress along the trail, we will talk about the habitat, food, habits, and calls of wild turkeys. If we are really lucky, we may even see or hear some wild turkeys.
Our ever-popular calendar keeps you in touch with the year’s seasonal changes. Each month offers a reminder of the state’s natural treasures. Daily notes keep you posted on what’s blooming or nesting and myriad other natural phenomena.
Here’s what’s going on in the natural world.
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