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.

Local support for Discover Nature is provided by Adam Gohn, Attorney at Law.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover nature this week and a creature unique to Missouri's clear Ozark streams. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation the clear, rocky streams of the Ozarks are home to twenty-six species of crayfish.

Anyone who has played in a clear Missouri stream has run across what is most often locally called a crawdad. Missouri children spend countless hours catching them every summer but what they may not know is how unique some of these pinchers truly are.

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July 5 - July 11

Discover Nature this week in one of Missouri’s species of concern: the Hine’s emerald dragonfly.

This rare insect was discovered in 1999 by Linden Trial, a Conservation Department biologist. She was looking for interesting insects at a natural area in Reynolds County.  Her discovery dramatically increased the known range of the dragonfly, which previously had been documented in only three states: Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.

Zebra Mussels

Jun 25, 2017
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June 26 - July 2

Discover Nature this week as you help to stop one of Missouri’s Most Unwanted invasive species, the zebra mussel.

Zebra mussels are fingernail-sized, black-and-white striped mollusks native to the Caspian Sea region of Asia. Over the next several decades, zebra mussels could spread to other freshwater locations in Missouri and throughout North America.

You can help prevent the spread of zebra mussels by observing the following "clean boating" suggestions when transporting your boat.

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June 21 - June 27

Discover nature this first week of summer and watch for northern water snakes basking in the sun.

Snakes have generated more fear and misunderstanding than any other group of animals. And psychologists have proven that a fear of snakes is acquired. We are not born with it.

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June 13 - June 19

Discover nature this week as American toad tadpoles turn into toadlets and leave the water.

This is the perfect time to start watching local fishless ponds and witness the transformation through the week.  All Missouri toads and frogs must return to a body of water to reproduce and most select fishless bodies of water for breeding. Flooded fields, ditches, woodland and prairie ponds, and temporary pools are their favorite breeding places.

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