Get Out!

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From Xplor: July/August 2020
  • Look up at the night sky. The Perseid meteor shower peaks August 11–13, usually with 50–75 meteors an hour.
  • Baby common Snapping turtles begin to hatch in August.
  • Sharpen your archery or firearms shooting skills at staffed and unstaffed shooting ranges around the state. Find one near you at
  • Look but don’t touch. The wheel bug can give you a nasty bite if you pick it up.
  • Yuck — what’s that?! Dog vomit slime mold appears on landscaping mulch in hot, humid weather.
  • Pick up some pawpaws. These “Indiana bananas” ripen in late August.

Looking for more ways to have fun outside? Find out about Discover Nature programs in your area at

Critter Corner

Spothanded Crayfish

You might see this big crayfish in any Ozark stream or river except the Osage and Neosho. In the White River basin, it lives in the North Fork and Bryant Creek. A black spot on each pincer near the base of the moveable finger proves you’ve found the spothanded crayfish. It is a strong swimmer. At night, it grazes on algae, and it’s known to feed on dead fish. Learn more at

Also In This Issue

American Bumblebee
Plants and animals team up to keep nature abounding with blooms.
Black-Necked Stilt
Learn to spot these summer visitors when you’re at the lake or on a float trip.

This Issue's Staff

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White