Lots of Missouri’s conservation nature centers offer programs that show you how to make syrup from your own backyard maple trees. Find your local program at mdc.mo.gov/events.
Looking for more ways to have fun outside? Find out about Discover Nature programs in your area at mdc.mo.gov/events.
Brown trout are European fish that like to live in cold-water streams and lakes. They are also fun to catch. That’s why they were brought to America in the 1800s. In stocks them in cold streams like the Cur Missouri, the Department of Conservation rent River and in Lake Taneycomo. Adult brown trout feed mainly on small fish and crayfish. They live about four years and can grow 8 to 15 inches long. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
If you’re out in the woods on a sunny day this winter, you may be surprised to see this lovely butterfly. Most butterflies bask in sunlight to raise their body temperature, but mourning cloaks can truly shiver, rapidly flexing their muscles with only minimal wing movement. This can raise their temperature 15 to 20 degrees in just a few minutes. Learn more about the mourning cloak and other Missouri butterflies and moths at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
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