From Xplor for Kids
June 2011 Issue

Xplor More: Catch a Crayfish

Publish Date

Jun 01, 2011

Crayfish Wrangling

Have you caught a crayfish or has the crayfish caught you? To keep from getting pinched by the crayfish’s pincers, grab your mudbug by the hard shell on its back, just behind its claws. When you’re done looking, put it down beside its chimney and watch it scoot back inside.

What You Need

  • 3 feet of sturdy string
  • 1 metal nut (the kind you put on a bolt)
  • 1 piece of bacon

What You Do

  1. Roll up a piece of bacon, and tie it to the end of the string.
  2. Tie the nut just above the bacon.
  3. Look in soggy areas near ditches, ponds and marshes for crayfish chimneys. They look like towers built with blobs of mud.
  4. Lower the bacon into a chimney.
  5. If you feel a tiny tug on the string, carefully pull it up. There might be a crayfish clutching the other end!

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.

My Outdoor Adventure

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.

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.

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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