What Is It?

By MDC | January 1, 2024
From Xplor: January/February 2024
  • By day, I hang out in a tree.
  • At night, I use sound waves to “see.”
  • In winter and summer, I flee.
  • The color of my hair is the key.

Silver-Haired Bat

Silver-haired bats are named for the white-tipped hairs on their backs, which give them a frosty appearance. They’re most abundant in Missouri during their spring and fall migrations. At night, they hunt flying insects, using echoes from high-pitched squeaks to pinpoint prey. During the day, they sleep in trees. Although most live in forests north and south of Missouri, a few raise babies in northern Missouri, and a few spend winter here in hollow trees, rock crevices, and houses.

Also In This Issue

Red Shouldered Hawk

Make this mini field guide to learn about Missouri’s birds of prey


Hungry muskrats are the architects of the marshes where they live.

This Issue's Staff

Artist – Matt Byrde
Photographer – Noppadol Paothong
Photographer – David Stonner
Designer – Marci Porter
Designer – Les Fortenberry
Art Director – Cliff White
Editor – Matt Seek
Subscriptions – Marcia Hale
Magazine Manager – Stephanie Thurber