Candice Davis

Host - Discover Nature

Candice Davis is the host of Discover Nature on KRCU and a media specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Her goal is to help people to discover nature and learn to appreciate the many outdoor opportunities Missouri has to offer. Candice knows that people who spend time in the outdoors are generally less stressed, more thankful, healthier and more successful in life. Children who spend time outdoors have better grades and are more physically active. It’s Candice’s goal to inspire Missourians to discover nature in their everyday lives through stories of butterflies, elk, tupelo trees, alligator gar and other marvels of nature on KRCU’s Discover Nature program.

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Discover Nature this week as you discover the diverse value of our native trees.

"As strong as an oak."

It's a saying that's spanned generations. Traditionally, we associate oaks and other trees with children's tree houses and as food and shelter for wildlife. But have you ever considered trees as a valuable tool for your financial portfolio?

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February 14 - February 20

Discover Nature this week as turkey vultures begin arriving to our state.

I remember seeing these big birds many times as a child and wondering at the size of them as they circled in the sky. Last year, however, I got an up close look at several of them, when I rounded a turn on one of our many country roads. When you can see them at close range, it is easy to see a small resemblance to a wild turkey, and difficult to imagine how something so grotesque can be so valuable to our ecosystem.

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February 7 - February 13

Discover nature this week as freezing nights and thawing days cause maple sap to flow best.

The Maple tree is found throughout Missouri, and its leaf was the inspiration for the Canadian flag. This species varies in its leaf shapes and lobe spaces.

School children are best at identifying maple trees, as nearly every Missouri child has at one time pretended the seed pods were helicopters as they spiral down to the ground in the swirling wind.

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January 31 - February 6

Discover nature this week as you witness male American goldfinches molt into their bright breeding plumage.

In nature, there are beauties and there are annoyances.  Sometimes it is hard to see how a sticky thing like a thistle could be in the same arena as a beauty like the American goldfinch.

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January 24 - January 30

Discover nature this week as you watch for a lucky glimpse of snowy owls in this last full week of January. If food is scarce in the arctic, you just might see them.

Known to be the heaviest and most distinctively marked owl of North America, the wingspan of a snowy owl can reach 4-and-a-half to 5 feet. Young males have dark brown bars that whiten as they age, but the females keep the contrasting dark bars against the bright white base throughout their lives.