Missouri is the world’s top producer of black walnuts, which begin ripening in September. The nutmeat is sweet and used in baking and confections. For recipe ideas, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/Z3U.
Elk begin bugling this month. To see Missouri’s elk herd, and take in some fall color while there, you can take a self-guided driving tour at Peck Ranch Conservation Area. Plan a trip with details from short.mdc.mo.gov/ZJJ.
American white pelicans congregate at wetlands from late September through mid-October. These immense birds don’t breed in Missouri. Rather, they migrate through in summer and fall. Head out and catch a glimpse while you can.
Skippers, a chunky-bodied, mothlike butterfly, visit late-season wildflowers, sipping nectar with their long tongues. Missouri is home to several species of skippers. Some of the flowers in bloom in September that they might frequent include compass plant, goldenrods, rough blazing star, prairie dock, great blue lobelia, and more.
Here’s what’s going on in the natural world.
Are key landscapes that hold high potential for conserving our state’s diverse habitats and species. Within these areas, MDC biologists, partner organizations, and private landowners work together to make the landscape healthier and more profitable.
For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov/priority-geographies
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