What Is It?

By MDC | January 1, 2023
From Xplor: January/February 2023
  • My head is topped by a crest.
  • And I always dress to impress.
  • My stout beak puts seeds to the test.
  • And I sing with high-spirited zest.

Northern Cardinal

Birds come in all shapes and colors, but with its punk-rock crest and bold color, it’s hard to mistake a northern cardinal. Cardinals live in shrubby thickets in backyards, weedy fields, and forest edges. They eat berries and seeds, which they crack open using stout beaks. In the spring, male cardinals sing cheerful songs from the tops of trees. Females sing on their nests.


This Issue's Staff

Artist - Alexis (AJ) Joyce
Photographer – Noppadol Paothong
Photographer – David Stonner
Designer – Marci Porter
Designer – Les Fortenberry
Art Director – Cliff White
Editor – Matt Seek
Subscriptions – Laura Scheuler
Magazine Manager – Stephanie Thurber