From Xplor for Kids
October 2010 Issue

Foggy Forest

Publish Date

Oct 01, 2010

A foggy fall forest might seem spooky, but there's nothing to fear. Sit quietly against a tree, and you'll be surprised by what you'll see.

All along the forest floor, tiny eight-legged anglers tend their silken nets. An orb weaver has caught a tussock moth, ridding the forest of a leaf-eating pest. The filmy dome spider wasn’t so lucky. Its tent-shaped trap is insect free.

Sleepy from a long night spent scavenging food, an opossum gathers leaves to pad its bed. Overhead, a blue jay streaks through the trees, desperate to escape the Cooper’s hawk on its tail. The hawk is closing in fast, but the birds careen out of sight before you see who wins.

A white-tailed deer nibbles acorns. Her ears move constantly, like tiny satellite dishes, scanning the forest for sounds of danger. A barred owl’s thunderous call interrupts her meal. “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” he seems to ask. Other owls know it isn’t a question but a declaration that this patch of woods—and all the tasty mice in it—belongs to him.

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Also in this issue

Photos With Nop & Dave: Fall Color at Hickory Canyons

Dave Stonner shot this photo of colorful fall trees at Hickory Canyons Natural Area near Farmington.

You Discover

With birds migrating south, leaves changing color and hunting seasons gearing up, there’s plenty for you to discover in October and November. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wild Jobs: Snake Charmer Jeff Briggler

Jeff dives headfirst into nearly everything. He overflows with curiosity about nature, especially animals that give some folks the creeps.

My Outdoor Adventure

For weeks, twins Ashton and Nina Smith had gone to the shooting range to practice firing their dad’s deer rifle. When deer season came around, they could hit the center of the target every time.

Missouri's Creepiest Creatures

Some creatures make folks shriek “Eeek!” Maybe it’s their hairraising appearance or the way they scurry, skitter or slither.


Got snot? Of course you do. Your nose makes enough every day to fill a soda bottle. And, that’s a good thing.

Xplor More: Make a Milkweed Bracelet

Not long ago, nature was a grocery store, pharmacy and hardware shop all rolled into one.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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