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. / KRCU

May 24 - May 30

Discover nature this week as bird song at daybreak is at its peak.

The end of May is the perfect time to learn bird calls and song. The distinction between songs and calls is based upon inflection, length, and context. Songs are longer and more complex and are associated with courtship and mating, while calls tend to serve such functions as alarms or keeping members of a flock in contact.

Eastern Bluebirds

May 14, 2017
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May 17 - May 23

Discover nature and put up a nesting box on your property for the eastern bluebird to use this week as it begins its second nesting season of the year.

Missouri is a great state for bird watching. Of the approximately 900 bird species in North America, more than 400 have been recorded in Missouri and more than 150 species regularly nest in our state. 

Wild Strawberries

May 7, 2017
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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 30, 2017
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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.

Candice Davis / Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation says it’s important for people to know how to keep bears wild.

Black bears are native to Missouri, which means they belong in our wild spaces like forests. Because bears are exciting to see, sometimes people want to get a closer look at them by feeding them or getting closer to them. The Missouri Department of Conservation says this is not a good idea as this can lead to conflicts between bears and people, especially in the spring when bears come out of hibernation and are very hungry.

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