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.

Garden Spiders

Aug 27, 2017
Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

August 30 - September 5

Discover nature this week and look for intricately decorated black and yellow garden spiders in gardens and grassy areas near houses.

Though many in the United States are squeamish when it comes to spiders, in some parts of the world, people believe that giving a spider as a gift or meeting a spider will bring good fortune, a successful marriage, or fair weather.

Missouri Department of Conservation

August 23 - August 29

Discover nature this week as young male white-tailed deer rub the velvet off their antlers.

The white-tailed deer is aptly named because the white undersurface of its flag-like tail is all that’s seen as it bounds across an opening in the woods.

Birds Change Coloring

Aug 13, 2017
Missouri Department of Conservation / KRCU

August 16 - August 22

Discover nature this week as birds get ready for a change of season.

The mall isn’t the only place where fashions are changing in response to the coming fall season. Take a close look at your neighborhood birds and you’ll see they’re already losing their bright colors in preparation for cooler weather.

Missouri Department of Conservation / KRCU

August 9 - August 15

Discover Nature this week as you use the song of Fall Field Crickets to calculate the temperature.

When we think of watching wildlife, we usually think about birds or deer or turkeys. But our state has many insects, like crickets, that are just as interesting and just as beautiful as other wildlife.

Learn how to discover nature with ease as you take the itch out of summer. Every Missourian knows chiggers are the worst pests in the summer months. First they appear as annoying red bumps then the itch begins and spreads.

Chiggers are not bugs or any other type of insect. They're a juvenile form of a specific family of mites. Although they're almost invisible to the unaided eye...when several chiggers cluster together near an elastic waistband or wristwatch you might see their bright red color.

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