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.

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. 

Rock Snot

Oct 17, 2012
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June 19 - June 25

Discover Nature this week as you learn about a most unattractive invasive species.

Mama Is Near

Oct 17, 2012
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June 12 - June 18

Discover Nature as young wildlife emerges from hiding places to venture into the world.

Often times, this typically is when conflict occurs between nature and humans. Conservation offices and employees get a wide variety of calls and contacts about young wildlife that may be abandoned by their parents, especially “orphaned deer.” Some people want to raise the supposed orphans themselves, while others want to know where to take the animal to be cared for.

Wild Grapes

Oct 17, 2012
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September 12 - September 18

Discover nature this week in the sweet and sour tastes of wild grapes.

Missouri’s wild grapes are smaller than cultivated varieties, though they pack a lot of punch and concentrated flavor, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. Our state has seven species of native wild grapes that are found across the state and will bear fruit in bunches starting in late summer.

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Discover nature this week as Salamander larvae are transforming into adults.

Salamanders are amphibians. They live in forested areas under rocks and logs or in caves and they breed in woodland ponds.

Most of us know frogs metamorphose from tadpoles to frogs in a matter of weeks. Did you know salamanders do so through a similar process? Known as larvae, they compare to frog tadpoles in being the step between egg and adult.