From Xplor for Kids
June 2011 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Jun 01, 2011

Amber’s headlamp shone on a big bullfrog floating in the dark marsh water. With a quick jab, she caught the frog with her gaff.

It didn’t take long for Amber to catch a limit of bullfrogs. Back home, her dad wanted to take a photo of Amber holding all eight of them. The frogs, however, wouldn’t cooperate. They squirmed and kicked. They were slick, too. Soon a frog slid free, then another and another. They began hopping around the kitchen looking for places to hide.

Amber’s dad already had caught one frog. Her cat had another cornered under the couch. Amber found the last frog hiding behind the refrigerator. Amber ran to the bathroom to stash the remaining frogs in the tub. Then she ran back to the kitchen to help her dad catch the frogs that had escaped.

When she isn’t frogging, fishing or hunting, Amber loves to paint pictures of ducks. She entered her first duck stamp contest at age 7. Since then, she’s won honorable mention, second place and two first places in her age group.

To learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp Program, visit

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: When Breakfast Bites Back

To painters and photographers, a portrait is an image that depicts the face and upper body of a person or animal. Its purpose is to show what the critter in question looks like. Of course, this photo of a yellow-crowned night-heron satisfies the definition. But if you call it a portrait, photographer Noppadol Paothong might want a word with you.

You Discover

School’s out, and the best way to beat summer boredom is to get outside. With creeks to seek, baby animals to watch and fireflies to catch, there’s plenty to do in June and July. Here are eight more things you can discover.

Wild Jobs: Bat Counter Shelly Colatskie

Shelly Colatskie sheds light on creatures that live in darkness.

Take a Hike!

Hiking promises adventure—or at least something new to see—around every bend. Before you strike off for a walk in the woods, check your trail-trekking know-how by following Mari and Amy on a virtual hike. Ready? Let's go.

Nature's Exclamation Points

Some butterflies, with their dazzling colors and intricate patterns, seem to exclaim, “Summer is here!” Others lie hidden, perfectly camouflaged on leaves and bark, and reward only careful observers. But butterflies don’t just win cool points for color. They are downright incredible.

Xplor More: Catch a Crayfish

Have you caught a crayfish or has the crayfish caught you?

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
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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