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.

Blackberries

Oct 17, 2012
Missouri Department of Conservation.

July 5 - July 11

Discover nature this week by awakening your taste buds with plump blackberries.

Blackberry is widespread in Missouri and is eaten by deer, turkey and other wild species. One of the most popular uses of blackberries is blackberry pie, but there are other ways to put the berries and the leaves to use.

Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

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.

Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

Discover Nature this week as it’s the perfect time to go out to Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Duck Creek Conservation Area, Trail of Tears, or anywhere along the Mississippi river to watch for bald eagles as they begin to share incubation duties. Throughout this 35 day period, one parent is always on the nest, not only to keep the eggs warm but to protect them from squirrels and gulls which would relish the chance to break open and eat the eagle’s eggs.

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