Ways to connect with nature.
Blackberries are ripening. Gather your family and friends and plan a trip to the nearest blackberry patch. Better hurry! Birds and wildlife also enjoy these juicy, sweet wild fruits.
Fall webworm caterpillars (Hyphantria cunea) begin building webs in trees. Walnut, hickory, pecan, persimmon, sweetgum, ash, maple, oak, poplar, redbud, and willow are most common targets. Though unsightly, these webs do not damage trees. Fall webworms have dozens of natural enemies to reduce populations. To assist these natural enemies, rip open easily accessible webs with a long stick to expose the caterpillars inside.
Saturday, July 13 • 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center 201 W. Riviera Drive, Joplin, MO 64804 Registration required. Call 888-283-0364 by July 12. All ages
Southwest Missouri offers lots of opportunities to fish and enjoy the outdoors. This river fishing clinic will focus on fishing for bass species in our local waterways. We will talk about locations to fish, strategies, equipment, rules and regulations, and how to catch different species of bass. We will meet at Shoal Creek Conservation Center and after the classroom portion, go down to Shoal Creek and fish. All students 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. All equipment will be provided, but you may bring your own.
Thursday, July 25 • 8–9:30 p.m. Twin Pines Conservation Education Center Rt. 1, Box 1998, Winona, MO 65588 Registration required. Call 888-283-0364 or visit mdc.mo.gov/twinpines by July 20. For more information, call 573-325-1381. All ages
This program starts just before dark at Twin Pines, which is the best time to explore nature’s “night shift.” What is the “night shift?” It is more than owls and bats. Many animals are active only at night. Learn what you can expect to see and hear, then we will head out on the trail to enjoy the Missouri Ozarks after dark. Suitable shoes are recommended.
Look for chanterelle mushrooms now through August. Though maybe not quite as well-known as morels, chanterelles are growing in popularity. Chanterelles are bright orange or yellow, although one, the black trumpet chanterelle, is blackish-brown. They are funnel- or trumpet-shaped, with wavy cap edges, and are found in the same places as morels. For more on Missouri’s edible mushrooms, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/ZNf.
Beat the summer heat. Try night fishing for crappie. All you need is a flashlight, a pole, some bait, and a good fishing hole. Browse places to fish at mdc.mo.gov/atlas.
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