Xplor: February/March 2011





This issue of Xplor contains features on elk, vultures and building a house for one of Missouri's most colorful birds, the eastern bluebird.

Photos With Nop and Dave: Cranky Snake

Nop Paothong lay belly-down on the forest floor, trying hard not to irritate the large and quite venomous cottonmouth coiled 3 feet in front of him.

You Discover

With winter almost gone and spring right around the corner, there’s plenty for you to discover outside in February and March. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wild Jobs: Bug Detective Rob Lawrence

Bad bugs beware. Insect investigator Rob Lawrence is on the case.

My Outdoor Adventure

At first, Cedar was content to watch his dad and uncle snag paddlefish.

Vulture Culture

The sickly sweet smell of rotting flesh hangs in the humid air. A large black bird circles overhead, homing in on the scent. It soon spies the source, a dead opossum swollen in the sun like a furry balloon.

Xplor More: Time to Build a Bluebird House

What’s red, white and blue, eats bugs, and sings in the spring? It’s Missouri’s state bird, the eastern bluebird.

This Issue's Staff

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
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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