Get Out!

By | January 1, 2015
From Xplor: January/February 2015

Don't miss the chance to discover nature at these fun events!

  1. Swing a hammer and Build a Bluebird Bungalow Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. February 17, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Register at 573-290-5218.
  2. Watch wild eagles soar along the riverfront at Clarksville Eagle Days. January 24 and 25. For info, call 660-785-2420. Find other Eagle Days events at node/16598.
  3. Tie a popping bug fly at the Beginning Fly Tying Class. St. Joseph Regional Office. Mondays and Thursdays in January, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Register at 816-271-3100. Youth must be with an adult.
  4. Learn how Sacajawea survived at Discover Nature — Lewis and Clark. Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. January 8, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Register at 573-325-1381.
  5. Learn the basics of upland hunting at the Youth Pheasant Clinic. August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. February 26, 6–8:30 p.m. and hunt March 7. Register at 636-441-4554.

Even during winter, nature is on the move. Watch for these natural events around the following dates.

  • JANUARY 2 White-tailed deer bucks start to shed antlers.
  • FEBRUARY 5 Watch for pintail and mallard ducks migrating north.
  • FEBRUARY 17 Look for large flocks of reddish-orange chested robins.
  • FEBRUARY 18 Once temperatures rise above 60 degrees, male rabbits begin fighting and chasing each other while looking for mates.
  • FEBRUARY 21 Chipmunks come out of hibernation.
  • FEBRUARY 25 Listen for chorus frogs. Their calls sound like a thumbnail scratched along a comb.

Looking for more ways to have fun outside? Find out about Discover Nature programs in your area at xplormo.2 i xplor org/node/2616.

  1. I like the muck.
  2. I’m not a duck.
  3. I have big, funny feet.
  4. Old coots call me a “marsh hen.”

Spot these crazy coots in a wetland near you. The American coot’s white bill and dark feathers make it easy to ID. The piercing red eyes of an adult signal it’s ready to find a mate. Nicknamed the “marsh hen,” the coot bobs its head when it walks or swims. Coots don’t have webbed feet like a duck. Their oversized feet have side flaps to help them swim. They’re clumsy fliers and make long running water takeoffs.

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Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White