From Xplor for Kids
June 2011 Issue


Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore oriole on Branch
Reva Dow

Jam with a Songbird

Publish Date

May 23, 2011

What’s orange and flies and loves grape jelly? It’s a Baltimore oriole. Like hummingbirds, orioles eat nectar and insects.You can attract the brilliantly colored birds to your yard by setting out a dish of grape jelly or jam. Be sure to replace the jelly every couple of days to keep germs from growing in it. If you don’t have jelly, orioles also enjoy oranges. Simply cut an orange in two and set the halves outside.


Image of a Baltimore oriole eating orange from a feeder
Baltimore Oriole
A Baltimore oriole drinks juice from an orange. These brilliant songbirds also eat nectar and insects.

Also in this issue

Amber Bokern

Amber's Outdoor Adventure

Amber Bokern had no problem catching a limit of frogs. Catching them after they escaped in her house was another story.

Photo of a devil crayfish.

Catch a Crayfish

You get a line. I'll get a pole. Here's how to fish at a crawdad hole.

Storm Clouds loom over conservation area

Clock a Thunderstorm

How far away is that thunderstorm? Here's how to tell.

Insect Pit Trap

Dig a Trap

Like to know what's crawling around the forest floor? Dig a pit trap to find out.

Go with the Flow

There's no better way to beat summer's heat than floating a cool, clear Ozark stream.

Periodical Cicadas

Hum Along at a Reunion Concert

Periodical cicadas are wiggling out of the ground for a reunion concert. Grab some earplugs, because June will be LOUD!

Image of a monarch

Nature's Exclamation Points

Summer's aflutter with Missouri's amazing—and beautiful—butterflies.

Girl Step on Log During Hike

Take a Hike!

Before you strike off for a walk in the woods, check your trail-trekking know-how by following Mari and Amy on a virtual hike.

Girl fishing with father on Missouri river.

Take Dad Fishing

Follow these tips for the perfect Father's Day.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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