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.

Fall Mushrooms

Sep 10, 2017
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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 with any dangerous poisonous species.

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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 Canada and the northern U.S. When the days start getting shorter, millions of monarchs migrate through Missouri as they travel to the mountains of Mexico for the winter.

Garden Spiders

Aug 27, 2017
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August 30 - September 5

Discover nature this week and look for intricately decorated black and yellow garden spiders in gardens and grassy areas near houses.

Though many in the United States are squeamish when it comes to spiders, in some parts of the world, people believe that giving a spider as a gift or meeting a spider will bring good fortune, a successful marriage, or fair weather.

Missouri Department of Conservation

August 23 - August 29

Discover nature this week as young male white-tailed deer rub the velvet off their antlers.

The white-tailed deer is aptly named because the white undersurface of its flag-like tail is all that’s seen as it bounds across an opening in the woods.

Birds Change Coloring

Aug 13, 2017
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August 16 - August 22

Discover nature this week as birds get ready for a change of season.

The mall isn’t the only place where fashions are changing in response to the coming fall season. Take a close look at your neighborhood birds and you’ll see they’re already losing their bright colors in preparation for cooler weather.

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