From Xplor for Kids
August 2011 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Aug 01, 2011

Jacob Moore prowled the fields and creeks around his house looking for frogs, lizards and snakes. He wanted to be a reptile and amphibian biologist when he grew up.

Jacob spent his free time reading everything he could about the reptiles and amphibians of Missouri. These efforts paid off when one day he spotted a snake slithering across the road. With its brilliant red pattern, Jacob knew it was a harmless red milk snake.

As soon as the car stopped, Jacob popped out. It took some fancy footwork, but he finally caught the snake. His mom found a pillowcase, and Jacob dropped the serpent inside. Part of his mom’s job is teaching kids about Missouri’s wildlife.

She turned the snake into a celebrity, showing it to classrooms throughout northeast Missouri. When he’s not catching snakes, Jacob loves to hunt and fish.

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Starry Night

Starry Night Dave Stonner reached the summit of Stegall Mountain at sunset. He’d been hiking since daybreak, up and down 15 miles of hilly Ozark terrain. The straps of his backpack, weighted by heavy camping and photography gear, dug into his shoulders. His feet hurt. His legs wobbled. Dave was tired.

You Discover

With summer winding down and autumn gearing up, there’s plenty to discover outside in August and September. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wild Jobs: Darter Diver Doug Novinger

This scientist searches streams for one of Missouri’s rarest fishes.

The Underworld

Nature uses every nook and cranny—even the ground underfoot. Hidden from view but often just inches below the surface, animals search for food, raise their babies, escape the weather and hide from predators. Want to shed some light on these creatures of the underworld? Then watch your step, and let’s head down to nature’s basement.

Having a Blast

For end-of-summer fun, nothing beats a dove hunt.

Xplor More: Ask a Persimmon

Will Winter be cold and snowy? Ask a Persimmon.

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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