Discover Nature

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.

This timely and topical program is the audio counterpart of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Natural Events Calendar.

You can hear Discover Nature, Mondays at 7:31 a.m. and 5:18 p.m.

Catfish

May 1, 2016
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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.

Mink Kits

Apr 24, 2016
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April 26 - May 2

Discover nature as we make the transition from April to May this week, and keep an eye out for mink kits that will be born through early May.

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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.

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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.

Luna Moths

Apr 3, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

Step outside this week and discover nature in a six-legged winged symbol of love.

This week is the luna moth’s one-week life on the wing as he’s driven by pure romance. Not exclusive to Missouri, or even the Midwest states, the luna moth can be found from east of the Great Plains in the United States, to northern Mexico and from Ontario eastward through central Quebec to Nova Scotia in Canada.

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