Fun things to do and great places to discover nature.
Looking for more ways to have fun outside? Find out about Discover Nature programs in your area at mdc.mo.gov/events.
Gray above and white below, the flying squirrel has large eyes and ears that help it find food and avoid predators at night. It lives in dead trees, often in old woodpecker holes. To “fly,” it spreads its front and back legs to stretch its loose flap of skin and soar like a furry kite. Like gray and fox squirrels, the flying squirrel eats nuts, and it also gobbles up beetles and moths. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
In March, Canada geese begin nesting along ponds, lakes, and swamps. Their eggs start hatching in mid-April. Babies, called goslings, are feathered in yellow down and can walk and swim hours after hatching. They stay with their parents for their first year of life. See how many goslings you can count this spring, but be careful. The parents are very protective, chasing, hissing, and flapping at anyone who comes near their babies! Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill