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.


Apr 30, 2017
Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

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.

Dan Woods

Discover Nature this week with Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau as we learn about snakes.

Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

Step outside this week and discover nature in the call of the American toad.

This most common toad in Missouri will start calling that sustained, high-pitched musical trill this week from area ponds and water-filled ditches. These amphibians control destructive insects and add their voices to the outdoor choir we enjoy on Missouri spring and summer nights.

Luna Moths

Apr 2, 2017
Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

Step outside this week and discover nature in a six-legged winged symbol of love.

This week is the luna moth’s one-week life on the wing as he’s driven by pure romance. Not exclusive to Missouri, or even the Midwest states, the luna moth can be found from east of the Great Plains in the United States, to northern Mexico and from Ontario eastward through central Quebec to Nova Scotia in Canada.