From Xplor for Kids
January 2015 Issue

Get Out!

Publish Date

Jan 01, 2015

Don't miss the chance to discover nature at these fun events!

  1. Swing a hammer and Build a Bluebird Bungalow Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. February 17, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Register at 573-290-5218.
  2. Watch wild eagles soar along the riverfront at Clarksville Eagle Days. January 24 and 25. For info, call 660-785-2420. Find other Eagle Days events at mdc.mo.gov/ node/16598.
  3. Tie a popping bug fly at the Beginning Fly Tying Class. St. Joseph Regional Office. Mondays and Thursdays in January, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Register at 816-271-3100. Youth must be with an adult.
  4. Learn how Sacajawea survived at Discover Nature — Lewis and Clark. Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. January 8, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Register at 573-325-1381.
  5. Learn the basics of upland hunting at the Youth Pheasant Clinic. August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. February 26, 6–8:30 p.m. and hunt March 7. Register at 636-441-4554.

Even during winter, nature is on the move. Watch for these natural events around the following dates.

  • JANUARY 2 White-tailed deer bucks start to shed antlers.
  • FEBRUARY 5 Watch for pintail and mallard ducks migrating north.
  • FEBRUARY 17 Look for large flocks of reddish-orange chested robins.
  • FEBRUARY 18 Once temperatures rise above 60 degrees, male rabbits begin fighting and chasing each other while looking for mates.
  • FEBRUARY 21 Chipmunks come out of hibernation.
  • FEBRUARY 25 Listen for chorus frogs. Their calls sound like a thumbnail scratched along a comb.

Looking for more ways to have fun outside? Find out about Discover Nature programs in your area at xplormo.2 i xplor org/node/2616.

  1. I like the muck.
  2. I’m not a duck.
  3. I have big, funny feet.
  4. Old coots call me a “marsh hen.”

Spot these crazy coots in a wetland near you. The American coot’s white bill and dark feathers make it easy to ID. The piercing red eyes of an adult signal it’s ready to find a mate. Nicknamed the “marsh hen,” the coot bobs its head when it walks or swims. Coots don’t have webbed feet like a duck. Their oversized feet have side flaps to help them swim. They’re clumsy fliers and make long running water takeoffs.

Also in this issue

Hungry Hunters

A mini field guide to Missouri's meat-eating mammals.

Head Bangers

Meet Missouri's hard-rocking feathered drummers.

Strange but True

Your guide to all the unusual, unique, and unbelievable stuff that goes on in nature.

How To: Build an Igloo

Even though it’s frozen, snow is great at trapping heat. Inuit hunters in the Arctic figured this out long ago and have been keeping cozy in igloos ever since.

This Issue's Staff:

Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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