From Xplor for Kids
January 2016 Issue

Get Out

Publish Date

Jan 01, 2016
  1. Take to the woods during the two-part Squirrel Hunting Workshop. Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center in Blue Springs. January 9, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and January 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages 10 and older. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Register at 816-228-3766.
  2. Learn what it takes to keep nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy at Feeding Frenzy . Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. January 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 573-290-5218.
  3. Reel in a rainbow at a lake near you during WINTER TROUT FISHING. Each winter, the Conservation Department stocks more than 70,000 rainbow trout in lakes across the state. Get hooked at
  4. Meet both a golden and bald eagle at Discover Nature: Eagles. Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. January 29, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. Register at 573-325-1381.
  5. Learn upland hunting basics at the Youth/Women Pheasant Clinic and Hunt. August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. Clinic on February 25, 6 – 8:30 p.m.; Women’s hunt February 27; Youth hunt March 5. Ages 11 and older. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Register at 636-441-4554.

There is plenty going on outdoors, even in winter. Watch for these natural events around the following dates.

  • JANUARY 2 - White-tailed deer bucks begin to shed antlers.
  • JANUARY 12 - Look for signs of deer and rabbits feeding on saplings.
  • JANUARY 22 - Peak numbers of bald eagles gather this month near lakes, rivers, and wetlands.
  • FEBRUARY 3 - Cedar waxwings flock to feed on cedar berries and other fleshy fruits.
  • FEBRUARY 20 - Coyotes are seeking mates. Listen for howling.
  • FEBRUARY 25 -Listen for chorus frogs. Their call sounds like a thumbnail scratched along a comb.

Also in this issue

Into The Wild: Snowy Trail

Don’t stay inside when the snow gets to blowing. Head into the wild to see nature coming and going. (Just don’t forget to bundle up!)

Feathered Feeding Frenzy

Nothing brightens a gray winter day faster than watching a flock of colorful birds gobble seeds at a bird feeder.

Red's Winter Hunt

Out from his den, a red fox blinks, adjusting to the morning light. He’s up early, hoping to fill his growling tummy.

Strange But True!

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

How To: Build a Wren House

Wrens are divas of the bird world — though small, they have oversized attitudes and sing loud, cheerful songs. Build a wren house this winter so you’ll be ready for the show when spring arrives.

This Issue's Staff:

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

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