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 Josh Hartwig brings us the stories of river otters, luna moths, red buds, and other actors as they take center stage in nature’s theater.

You can hear Discover Nature, Mondays at 7:42 a.m. and 5:18 p.m.

Blazing Star Blooms

Oct 17, 2012
Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

July 26 - August 1

Discover nature this week and identify native Blazing Star in your area. Learning to identify and appreciate Missouri’s native wildflowers will get you one step further to enjoying some of our most enjoyable wildlife species, butterflies.

Missouri Department of Conservation. / KRCU

July 19 - July 25

Discover nature this week and help protect young birds.

Though newborn wildlife is irresistible the best thing you can do for a young bird is leave it alone. If you can’t resist keeping track of young wildlife, use binoculars and watch from a distance

Many wild animals produce their young in May and June, and though they might appear to be lost, many times they’re not. It’s more likely the mother is away temporarily or is intentionally staying a short distance off to avoid attracting attention to her young.


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

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.