Candice Davis

Host - Discover Nature

Candice Davis is the host of Discover Nature on KRCU and a media specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Her goal is to help people to discover nature and learn to appreciate the many outdoor opportunities Missouri has to offer. Candice knows that people who spend time in the outdoors are generally less stressed, more thankful, healthier and more successful in life. Children who spend time outdoors have better grades and are more physically active. It’s Candice’s goal to inspire Missourians to discover nature in their everyday lives through stories of butterflies, elk, tupelo trees, alligator gar and other marvels of nature on KRCU’s Discover Nature program.

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Wild Strawberries

May 6, 2018
Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

Discover nature this week and find some wild strawberry blooms.

Wild strawberries will be in bloom from April to May and the berries can be collected beginning in May through June. This plant’s berries and leaves are in high demand by people and animals alike.
The berries, sometimes sweet and sometimes tart, are a favorite of many and can be used to make jams, shortcakes and syrups. When the leaves begin to dry in August, they’re perfect picking for wild strawberry tea, rich in vitamin C.

Catfish

Apr 29, 2018
Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

May 3 - May 9

Discover nature as a mentor this week and teach someone to fish.

Male catfish will begin making nests around logs this week. Though many kinds of catfish occur throughout the world, there are 15 native and one introduced species in Missouri.

Black Chokeberries

Apr 22, 2018
Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

April 16 - April 22

Discover Nature this week as we learn about Missouri’s Black Chokeberry. Although this plant is listed as endangered in Missouri, if you go out to Holly Ridge Conservation Area in Southeast Missouri anytime from April through May you might see its clusters of showy white blooms.

It is difficult to determine why chokeberry got a reputation so bad as to account for its common name, since the fruits are not bitter, especially when compared to choke-cherry. One can easily theorize that perhaps it was once mistaken for this bitter fruit.

Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

April 19 - April 24

Discover nature this week by putting out feeders for the Ruby-throated hummingbirds as they arrive in Missouri as part of their annual 500-mile migration.

This hummingbird bridges the ecological gap between birds and bees by feeding on energy rich flower nectar and pollinating flowers along the way. The Ruby Throated hummingbird is the only hummingbird to nest in Missouri and is by far Missouri's smallest bird, measuring about three inches long and weighing just one eighth of an ounce, which is lighter than a number-two pencil.

Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

Step outside this week and discover nature in the call of the American toad.

This most common toad in Missouri will start calling that sustained, high-pitched musical trill this week from area ponds and water-filled ditches. These amphibians control destructive insects and add their voices to the outdoor choir we enjoy on Missouri spring and summer nights.

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