Nature Happenings

  • June is Perennial Garden Month & National Rivers Month

  • Blackberries are ripening. They're a favorite of raccoons, squirrels, box turtles, birds and people.

  • Butterflies like the Tawny Emperor, Great Spangled Fritillary, Little Wood Satyr and Mourning Cloak can be seen.

  • Staghorn Sumac flowering. The fruits that follow are attractive to many species of song and game birds.

  • Chicken Fungus and other Sulphur mushrooms are noticeable.

  • Eastern Hognose Snake mating continues into August.

  • Bluegill, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass are spawning.

  • Bird migration is finished. Birds that are here now are summer residents that nest.

  • As the month progresses, feeders can become busy with visiting parents and fledglings.

  • House Wrens are nesting.

Missouri Botanical Gardens

Mississippi River


Tawny Emperor

 Great Spangled Fritillary

 Little Wood Satyr


Mourning Cloak 

Flowering Staghorn Sumac

 Eastern Hognose Snake



Flocks of Migrating Birds

Feeders busy with parents feeding fledglings!

 Nesting Wrens