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.

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You see them at any given park pond, but what’s the story behind those geese?

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You might steal a kiss under its green branches around the holidays, but in nature, mistletoe is known as a thief.

This parasitic plant attaches to and steals nutrients from trees, but it's not a complete parasite as its leaves can convert sunshine into energy to make its own food. And it's not a complete bum as its flowers, fruits, and leaves provide many benefits.

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Discover Nature this week with Missouri snakes.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover Nature this week with yourThanksgiving turkey.

A bird – most likely a turkey -- will land on your dining table this week signaling America’s thankfulness. But did you know that your entrée’s ancestors were once so common in America that when U.S. officials were deciding on a national mascot there was deliberation between the bald eagle and the turkey? It’s true!

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Discover Nature this week with Missouri’s dabblers and divers.

Dabblers and divers are two main types of ducks, and you can tell them apart by the way they eat, fly and look.

Dabblers (also called puddle ducks) ride high along the water, skimming the surface for food. They’ll tip their head underwater and stick their bottoms straight up in the air while munching on seeds, grains, plants, insects and worms. Divers ride low in deep, open waters and can dive down 40 feet or more to feed on fish, snails and invertebrates.

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