Get Out!

By MDC | May 1, 2021
From Xplor: May/June 2021

Fun things to do and great places to discover nature.

  • Baltimore Orioles begin building nests. It takes about a week to weave their dangly, sock-like homes.
  • American toad tadpoles turn into toadlets and leave the water.
  • Go berry picking. Gooseberries, raspberries, and mulberries ripen in June.
  • Xplor summer fun at an MDC nature center. Visit to find the center nearest you.
  • Keep an eye out for black bears if you live in the Ozark region. They’re browsing for berries, too.

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

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This Issue's Staff

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Alexis (AJ) Joyce
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White