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.

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December 27 - January 2

Discover Nature this week by recycling your Christmas tree and improving wildlife and fish habitat at the same time.

There is one last thing to do before we start the countdown to the next Christmas season: Put this year’s tree to rest. But if you used a real tree this year, it is still useful once the lights and tinsel are removed. 

Christmas trees can be recycled by putting them beside bird feeders to provide extra cover and nesting places, or they can be put into ponds or lakes to give fish extra hiding places.

Natural Centerpieces

Nov 22, 2015
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November 22 - November 28

Discover Nature this week by including nature in your holiday festivities.

Ever notice how even the most pricy centerpiece for a holiday table is usually made to represent nature? You can do the same thing – minus the price – and build a family tradition at the same time.

Candice Davis

Discover Nature this week and a natural mystery called lichen.

"United we stand, divided we fall". And so it is with lichens.

A lichen is made up of two unrelated organisms: a fungus and an algae. If the fungus and the algae were divided, the lichen would no longer exist. 

The fungus gives the lichen form and shape -- it also holds water and slows evaporation. The algae, a green plant, provides food for the fungus.

Lichens look like nature's living carpet and are often seen covering rocks and trees in Missouri's Ozark region.

Missouri Department of Conservation

November 6 - 12  

Discover Nature this week and the value of a rodent.

Though some folks scream and climb the highest point possible when they see a rodent,  there isn't a reason to avoid native rodent species according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The term "rodent" may raise images of disease-infested vermin living in garbage-strewn alleys. Actually, most of the negative images arise from two unwelcome imports -- the house mouse and the Norway rat. These old-world immigrants are not typical of native rodents, though. 

Bats Bear Young

Jun 29, 2015
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June 28 - July 4

Get outside and discover nature as bats begin to bear their young this week.  One way you can discover nature is by helping to protect the Indiana bat.

The nocturnal habits of bats, their affinity for eerie places like caves, and silent, darting flight have made them the subjects of folklore and superstition. They’re the only mammals capable of true flight, and they’re active at a time when most people prefer to be indoors.