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.

Overland Park Gardens

Missouri River


Tawny Emperor 

 Great Spangled Fritillary

 Little Wood Satyr

Mourning Cloak

Flowering Staghorn 

 Chicken Fungus

 Eastern Hognose Snake


Smallmouth Bass

Flocks of migrating birds

Downy Woodpecker & fledgling

 Nesting Wrens