Missouri’s woodlands are magical in the spring. So lace up your boots, shoulder your pack, and head into the wild. But first, read this.
Did you know you can eat a tree? The pink flowers on a redbud tree taste nutty and sweet. The best way to sample them is to bury your face in a branch and nibble away like you’re eating corn on the cob. Just watch out for bees — they like redbuds, too.
You can tell whether a box turtle is a boy or girl by looking at its eyes. Boys usually have reddish-colored eyes. Girls usually have yellowish-brown eyes.
Morel mushrooms are nature’s Easter eggs. They’re small, sort of egg-shaped, and hidden among leaves on the forest floor. Searching for them is tons of fun and worth the effort because they taste yummy. Morels pop up in April after a warm rain has moistened the soil and when temperatures stay above 50 for a few days.
Look In spring, birdwatchers get “warbler neck,” an injury caused by hours spent looking high into trees at singing songbirds. Raise your binoculars and you’re sure to see a rainbow of feathers, from red tanagers to blue buntings. Go outside and see how many colors you can spot.
The blooms of many spring wildflowers last just a day, but a photo lasts forever. Follow these tips to take stunning flower portraits:
From March through May, male wild turkeys gobble to attract mates. Their loud calls sound funny to us — like a cross between a witch’s cackle and a dog choking on a squeaky toy — but female turkeys find them hard to resist.
Youth turkey season is April 11–12. For the deets, visit mdc.mo.gov/ node/132.
Nichole LeClair Terrill