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Discover Nature: Spring Nature Hike

A backpacker hikes a trail near Mina Sauk Falls in eastern Missouri. Take a hike on a trail near you this week, and discover nature, as the first week of spring brings new signs of life to Missouri’s outdoors. ";

This week on discover nature, celebrate the first week of spring with a nature hike.



Spring brings new life to the outdoors: watch for young river otters near lakes and streams, bats leaving hibernation caves, wild turkeys, and turtles becoming active. 


The sounds of spring, alone, offer reason to rejoice. Listen for pileated woodpeckers drumming to establish territories, mourning doves cooing from their crop field nests, and the serenade of spring peepers at sunset.  


With longer daylight hours and warming weather, many wildflowers and trees will begin blooming across Missouri, and every corner of the natural world will carry new colors, smells, and sounds of growth and awakening. 


Fortunate foragers may even find fresh morel mushrooms… Just be sure you know how to identify them before eating any. 


Find a trail near your home and take a few quiet moments to appreciate the return of spring in nature. 


Visit your local Conservation office or Nature Center for maps of nearby hiking trails and information on the changing sights, sounds, and smells you’ll encounter. You can also access an interactive database of trails and public lands with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s online atlas


Discover Nature is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

Kyle Felling was born in the rugged northwest Missouri hamlet of St. Joseph (where the Pony Express began and Jesse James ended). Inspired from a young age by the spirit of the early settlers who used St. Joseph as an embarkation point in their journey westward, Kyle developed the heart of an explorer and yearned to leave for adventures of his own. Perhaps as a result of attending John Glenn elementary school, young Kyle dreamed of becoming an astronaut, but was disheartened when someone told him that astronauts had to be good at math. He also considered being a tow truck driver, and like the heroes of his favorite childhood television shows (The A-Team and The Incredible Hulk) he saw himself traveling the country, helping people in trouble and getting into wacky adventures. He still harbors that dream.
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