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Every week there are new marvels to look for in the outdoors, and Discover Nature highlights these attractions. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Candice Davis brings us the stories of river otters, luna moths, red buds, and other actors as they take center stage in nature’s theater.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-03-24 23:45
last episode published
2019-03-24 17:04
publication frequency
6.78 days
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Number of Episodes
126
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Science & Medicine Natural Sciences Government & Organizations Regional Local

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24.03.2019

Discover Nature: Redbuds Bloom Throughout Missouri

Step outside this week and discover nature as redbuds begin to bloom. The Eastern Redbud lends a quaint charm to the Missouri hillsides in early spring when the pink hues of the flowers are in sharp contrast with the brown leaves covering the forest fl...
Candice Davis author
17.03.2019

Discover Nature: Zebra Swallowtail Butterflies Grace Missouri Woodlands

Step outside this week and discover nature as zebra swallowtail butterflies emerge and grace our woodland areas. When searching for inspiration, many famous writers step outside to discover nature and write down their finds. Joseph Warton described the...
Candice Davis author
10.03.2019

Discover Nature: River Otters Showcase Their Swimming Prowess

His streamlined body maneuvers through the barely moonlit water as he extends those sensitive cat-like whiskers from a silvery muzzle searching for a suitable midnight snack. He is a river otter, who just a century ago, you wouldn’t have seen in or nea...
Candice Davis author
3.03.2019

Discover Nature: Red-winged Blackbirds

Step outside this week and discover nature as male red-winged blackbirds arrive and claim their territories. This bird is thought to be the most abundant bird species in North America and nearly every cattail marsh in Missouri hosts them at some time o...
Candice Davis author
3.03.2019

Almost Yesterday: Red-winged Blackbirds

Step outside this week and discover nature as male red-winged blackbirds arrive and claim their territories. This bird is thought to be the most abundant bird species in North America and nearly every cattail marsh in Missouri hosts them at some time o...
Candice Davis author
24.02.2019

Discover Nature: Chorus Frogs Announce the Coming of Spring

March 1 - March 6 Discover nature this week as western chorus frogs alert us to the coming spring. Natural “antifreeze” in their blood keeps them from freezing as they overwinter in shallow burrows in the ground. Now we can listen for calls like a thum...
Candice Davis author
24.02.2019

Discover Nature: Chorus Frogs Announce the Coming of Spring

March 1 - March 6 Discover nature this week as western chorus frogs alert us to the coming spring. Natural “antifreeze” in their blood keeps them from freezing as they overwinter in shallow burrows in the ground. Now we can listen for calls like a thum...
Candice Davis author
17.02.2019

Discover Nature: Invest in Forests

Discover Nature this week as you discover the diverse value of our native trees. "As strong as an oak." It's a saying that's spanned generations. Traditionally, we associate oaks and other trees with children's tree houses and as food and shelter for w...
Candice Davis author
17.02.2019

Discover Nature: Invest in Forests

Discover Nature this week as you discover the diverse value of our native trees. "As strong as an oak." It's a saying that's spanned generations. Traditionally, we associate oaks and other trees with children's tree houses and as food and shelter for w...
Candice Davis author
10.02.2019

Discover Nature: Turkey Vultures Are Valuable to the Ecosystem

February 14 - February 20 Discover Nature this week as turkey vultures begin arriving to our state. I remember seeing these big birds many times as a child and wondering at the size of them as they circled in the sky. Last year, however, I got an up cl...
Candice Davis author
10.02.2019

Discover Nature: Turkey Vultures Are Valuable to the Ecosystem

February 14 - February 20 Discover Nature this week as turkey vultures begin arriving to our state. I remember seeing these big birds many times as a child and wondering at the size of them as they circled in the sky. Last year, however, I got an up cl...
Candice Davis author
3.02.2019

Discover Nature: February is Right Time to Harvest Maple Syrup

February 7 - February 13 Discover nature this week as freezing nights and thawing days cause maple sap to flow best. The Maple tree is found throughout Missouri, and its leaf was the inspiration for the Canadian flag. This species varies in its leaf sh...
Candice Davis author
3.02.2019

Discover Nature: February is Right Time to Harvest Maple Syrup

February 7 - February 13 Discover nature this week as freezing nights and thawing days cause maple sap to flow best. The Maple tree is found throughout Missouri, and its leaf was the inspiration for the Canadian flag. This species varies in its leaf sh...
Candice Davis author
27.01.2019

Discover Nature: American Goldfinches

January 31 - February 6 Discover nature this week as you witness male American goldfinches molt into their bright breeding plumage. In nature, there are beauties and there are annoyances. Sometimes it is hard to see how a sticky thing like a thistle co...
Candice Davis author
27.01.2019

Discover Nature: American Goldfinches

January 31 - February 6 Discover nature this week as you witness male American goldfinches molt into their bright breeding plumage. In nature, there are beauties and there are annoyances. Sometimes it is hard to see how a sticky thing like a thistle co...
Candice Davis author
20.01.2019

Discover Nature: Snowy Owls

January 24 - January 30 Discover nature this week as you watch for a lucky glimpse of snowy owls in this last full week of January. If food is scarce in the arctic, you just might see them. Known to be the heaviest and most distinctively marked owl of ...
Candice Davis author
20.01.2019

Discover Nature: Snowy Owls

January 24 - January 30 Discover nature this week as you watch for a lucky glimpse of snowy owls in this last full week of January. If food is scarce in the arctic, you just might see them. Known to be the heaviest and most distinctively marked owl of ...
Candice Davis author
13.01.2019

Discover Nature: Bald Eagle Populations Peak in Missouri During Winter

January 17 - January 23 Discover Nature this week as the Bald Eagle population peaks near open water and big rivers throughout Missouri. Our state welcomes record numbers of bald eagles each winter and it has some of the most spectacular viewing areas ...
Candice Davis author
13.01.2019

Discover Nature: Bald Eagle Populations Peak in Missouri During Winter

January 17 - January 23 Discover Nature this week as the Bald Eagle population peaks near open water and big rivers throughout Missouri. Our state welcomes record numbers of bald eagles each winter and it has some of the most spectacular viewing areas ...
Candice Davis author
6.01.2019

Discover Nature: Look for Signs of Wildlife

January 10 - January 16 Discover nature this week as you explore the New Year with a winter hike through the woods. The morning after a new snow is the best time to look for tracks, but a good rain will yield good tracks, too. According to the Missouri...
Candice Davis author
6.01.2019

Discover Nature: Look for Signs of Wildlife

January 10 - January 16 Discover nature this week as you explore the New Year with a winter hike through the woods. The morning after a new snow is the best time to look for tracks, but a good rain will yield good tracks, too. According to the Missouri...
Candice Davis author
30.12.2018

Discover Nature: Watch for Red-Tailed Hawks

January 3 - January 9 Discover Nature this week as you watch for red-tailed hawks perched along highways, and consider what their presence says about other resident wildlife. Identifying the red-tailed hawk is easy, since the highly-visible rusty-red t...
Candice Davis author
30.12.2018

Discover Nature: Watch for Red-Tailed Hawks

January 3 - January 9 Discover Nature this week as you watch for red-tailed hawks perched along highways, and consider what their presence says about other resident wildlife. Identifying the red-tailed hawk is easy, since the highly-visible rusty-red t...
Candice Davis author
23.12.2018

Discover Nature: The Blue Jay is a Native Missouri Songbird

Found across the Eastern and Midwest portion of the United States, the blue jay is a native Missouri songbird. It's a wonderful bird to start with when learning bird identification, especially for children. Jays are conspicuous because of their size an...
Candice Davis author
23.12.2018

Discover Nature: The Blue Jay is a Native Missouri Songbird

Found across the Eastern and Midwest portion of the United States, the blue jay is a native Missouri songbird. It's a wonderful bird to start with when learning bird identification, especially for children. Jays are conspicuous because of their size an...
Candice Davis author
16.12.2018

Discover Nature and Evidence of Beavers in Your Area

December 20 - December 26 Discover nature this week and watch for evidence of beavers in your area. Measuring up to four-and-a-half feet long and weighing up to 90 pounds, these animals are classified as the largest rodents in North America. According ...
Candice Davis author
16.12.2018

Discover Nature and Evidence of Beavers in Your Area

December 20 - December 26 Discover nature this week and watch for evidence of beavers in your area. Measuring up to four-and-a-half feet long and weighing up to 90 pounds, these animals are classified as the largest rodents in North America. According ...
Candice Davis author
9.12.2018

Discover Nature: Learn to Identify Christmas Ferns in Missouri's Landscape

December 13 - December 19 Discover Nature this week as you learn to identify the Christmas fern in Missouri’s landscape. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Christmas ferns will be most visible on woodland slopes this week. Most ferns...
Candice Davis author
9.12.2018

Discover Nature: Learn to Identify Christmas Ferns in Missouri's Landscape

December 13 - December 19 Discover Nature this week as you learn to identify the Christmas fern in Missouri’s landscape. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Christmas ferns will be most visible on woodland slopes this week. Most ferns...
Candice Davis author
2.12.2018

Discover Nature: Who Hibernates ... and Who Doesn't?

December 6 - December 12 Discover Nature this week as Missouri’s wildlife den up or hibernate to avoid the cold. Winter is a challenge for wildlife and many species have various methods of surviving the cold. Some animals leave the state and don’t come...
Candice Davis author
2.12.2018

Discover Nature: Who Hibernates ... and Who Doesn't?

December 6 - December 12 Discover Nature this week as Missouri’s wildlife den up or hibernate to avoid the cold. Winter is a challenge for wildlife and many species have various methods of surviving the cold. Some animals leave the state and don’t come...
Candice Davis author
25.11.2018

Discover Nature: Great Horned Owl

November 29 - December 5 Discover Nature this week as Great Horned Owls begin to court. These large, nocturnal birds occur in deep forests, open areas with small woodlots and sometimes in urban areas. According to the Missouri Department of Conservatio...
Candice Davis author
25.11.2018

Discover Nature: Great Horned Owl

November 29 - December 5 Discover Nature this week as Great Horned Owls begin to court. These large, nocturnal birds occur in deep forests, open areas with small woodlots and sometimes in urban areas. According to the Missouri Department of Conservatio...
Candice Davis author
18.11.2018

Discover Nature: Turkeys - A Conservation Success Story

Discover Nature this week and your Thanksgiving turkey. Chances are a turkey will land on your table this week -- a bird simmered in American tradition. The turkey was once so common in America and so well liked, that when United States officials were ...
Candice Davis author
18.11.2018

Discover Nature: Turkeys - A Conservation Success Story

Discover Nature this week and your Thanksgiving turkey. Chances are a turkey will land on your table this week -- a bird simmered in American tradition. The turkey was once so common in America and so well liked, that when United States officials were ...
Candice Davis author
11.11.2018

Discover Nature: Bird Feeders Bring Enjoyment

November 15 - November 21 Discover nature this week by making something that will keep you discovering nature all winter long – a bird feeder. According to a Missouri Department of Conservation survey, one and a half million Missourians enjoy bird feed...
Candice Davis author
11.11.2018

Discover Nature: Bird Feeders Bring Enjoyment

November 15 - November 21 Discover nature this week by making something that will keep you discovering nature all winter long – a bird feeder. According to a Missouri Department of Conservation survey, one and a half million Missourians enjoy bird feed...
Candice Davis author
4.11.2018

Discover Nature: Watch For Frost Flowers During Early Autumn

Take an early morning hike in the late autumn air this week and Discover Nature in Missouri’s most fleeting flower - that isn’t really a flower at all. Frost flowers are delicate white blossoms that occur during the first hard frosts each fall when moi...
Candice Davis author
4.11.2018

Discover Nature: Watch For Frost Flowers During Early Autumn

Take an early morning hike in the late autumn air this week and Discover Nature in Missouri’s most fleeting flower - that isn’t really a flower at all. Frost flowers are delicate white blossoms that occur during the first hard frosts each fall when moi...
Candice Davis author
28.10.2018

Discover Nature: Got Squirrels? Here's How You Can Keep Them Out Of Your Attic

This week we can Discover Nature through conflict management. Fox and Gray squirrels are among the most commonly observed Missouri animals. Because they populate as many towns and cities as they do forests, conflicts occur year-round when humans and sq...
Candice Davis author
28.10.2018

Discover Nature: Got Squirrels? Here's How You Can Keep Them Out Of Your Attic

This week we can Discover Nature through conflict management. Fox and Gray squirrels are among the most commonly observed Missouri animals. Because they populate as many towns and cities as they do forests, conflicts occur year-round when humans and sq...
Candice Davis author
21.10.2018

Discover Nature: Snow Geese Populations Peak in Missouri's Wetland Areas

October 25 - October 31 Discover Nature this week as Snow goose populations peak at Missouri’s wetland areas. Snow geese travel through Missouri during their migration from the subarctic and arctic tundra breeding grounds to the coastal marshes, bays a...
Candice Davis author
21.10.2018

Discover Nature: Snow Geese Populations Peak in Missouri's Wetland Areas

October 25 - October 31 Discover Nature this week as Snow goose populations peak at Missouri’s wetland areas. Snow geese travel through Missouri during their migration from the subarctic and arctic tundra breeding grounds to the coastal marshes, bays a...
Candice Davis author
14.10.2018

Discover Nature: Tupelo and Bald Cypress Add Their Colors to Missouri's Fall Landscape

October 18 - October 24 Discover Nature this week as bald cypress and tupelo gum trees add their colors to Missouri’s fall landscape. Both the bald cypress and the tupelo are romantic trees, often associated with dark, mysterious swamps. The tupelo has...
Candice Davis author
7.10.2018

Discover Nature: Ducks Migrate Through Missouri

October 11 - October 17 Discover nature this week as American wigeon, pintail and gadwall ducks migrate through Missouri. Waterfowl identification is a popular and growing recreation activity in the U.S. The key to the sport is knowing the characterist...
Candice Davis author
30.09.2018

Discover Nature: Fall Color

October 4 - October 10 Discover nature this week as you take in Missouri’s colorful fall landscape. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the peak of the fall colors is in the middle of October, and because our state’s trees, shrubs and...
Candice Davis author
23.09.2018

Discover Nature: Rattlesnakes

September 27 - October 3 Discover nature this week as timber rattlesnakes enter hibernation. Missouri’s largest venomous snake, the Timber Rattlesnake, can be found statewide in the wild, but this is no reason to hide away indoors. Though the Timber Ra...
Candice Davis author
16.09.2018

Discover Nature: Persimmons

September 20 - September 26 Discover Nature this week in a freshly picked, juicy persimmon. I’ll never forget when I was eight years old and tasted a persimmon before it ripened. That bitter experience was unforgettable. However, if you learn when and ...
Candice Davis author
9.09.2018

Discover Nature: Fall Mushrooms

September 13 - September 19 Take a walk in the woods this week and Discover Nature as you hunt fall mushrooms. Most of Missouri’s edible mushrooms are distinctive in some obvious way. Once you learn their distinguishing features you won’t confuse them ...
Candice Davis author
2.09.2018

Discover Nature: Monarch Butterflies Migrate Through Missouri

September 6 - September 12 Discover nature this week as you witness the graceful flight of a monarch butterfly. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, these butterflies pass through our state in September after spending the summer in Can...
Candice Davis author