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Snack Attack: Bears Munch on Ants and Help Plants Grow

Tiny ants may seem like an odd food source for black bears, but the protein-packed bugs are a major part of some bears’ diets and a crucial part of the food web that not only affects other bugs, but plants…[more]

Florida State University


01-23-2015

New Contaminants Found in Oil and Gas Wastewater

Duke University scientists have discovered high levels of two potentially hazardous contaminants, ammonium and iodide, in wastewater being discharged or spilled into streams and rivers from oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Levels of contamination were just…[more]

Duke University


01-23-2015

Hunting Bats Rely on ‘Bag of Chips Effect’

When bats hunt in groups at night, they rely on the sounds of their fellow bats to tip them off on the best places to a grab a good meal. Researchers reporting their findings in the Cell Press journal Current…[more]

Cell Press


01-08-2015

MDC Talks Winter Turtle Power

As winter sets in, some of our wildlife, like turtles, seem to disappear. According to Bruce Henry, a natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), turtles are still here, they just have ways of hiding away to…[more]

By Missouri Dept. of Conservation
01-08-2015

Are Human Behaviors Affecting Bird Communities in Residential Areas?

A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that habitat alteration may be less important than other factors- such as human behavior- in driving the effects of “exurban” development on bird communities. These unexpected results are fueling more questions…[more]

Wildlife Conservation Society


01-08-2015

How to Help Winter Wildlife

This week’s cold weather caught many of us off guard. It takes quite a bit of preparation to really be ready for winter storms. We check our vehicles to make sure they’re full of fluids and the tires have tread.…[more]

By Missouri Dept. of Conservation
12-11-2014

Eat More Carp

Asian carp are creating havoc in Midwestern rivers. The invasive fish is usurping habitat of native species in the Missouri and Mississippi river basins, and threatening to enter the Great Lakes. The easily scared carp even injure recreationists when…[more]

By Randy Mertens
12-11-2014

Home in the Business Park

Raptors won’t live in urban business parks with vast expanses of grass and parking lots. Research in St. Louis just completed by the University of Missouri shows that adding certain trees and tall grass will attract this wildlife.

Charles…[more]

By Randy Mertens
11-06-2014

Nestling Birds Struggle in Noisy Environments

Unable to fly, nestling birds depend on their parents for both food and protection: vocal communication between parents and offspring helps young birds to determine when they should beg for food and when they should crouch in the nest to…[more]

Acoustical Society of America


10-30-2014

Minimal Risk of Encountering Stinging Caterpillars in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has received several inquiries about stinging, or venomous, caterpillars, as a result of high populations of the puss caterpillar in more southern states. Because the occurrence of stinging caterpillars is…[more]

By Missouri Dept. of Conservation
10-30-2014
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