From Xplor for Kids
September 2016 Issue

Predator Vs. Prey: White Pelican vs. Gizzard Shad

Publish Date

Sep 01, 2016

The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight.

Dive Goggles

Special lower eyelids slide up to protect pelicans’ peepers underwater.

Bucket Bill

A flexible, bucket-like lower bill can scoop up fish lickety-split!

Paddle Feet

Big webbed feet make for powerful propulsion.

Skipping the Scene

Quick and streamlined, shad can scatter fast and even leap clear of the water to escape chase.

Safety in Numbers

Gizzard shad travel in large, constantly moving schools, a habit that helps individuals survive. It’s hard to pick a single shad out of a crowd.

And the winner is…

The white pelican gets its game, but not all of it. Some shad live to breed, eat plankton, and feed a host of other hungry hunters above and below the waterline.

Also in this issue

Monarch Butterfly

Get Out!

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

Persimmons ripening in fall leaf litter

Into The Wild

Before winter’s whiteness drifts in, Missouri’s trees paint our state with dazzling colors. But pretty leaves aren’t the only things you’ll find in a fall forest.

Bear cubs cradled by researchers.

Into the Woods With a Bear Researcher

Jeff Beringer studies bears. Maybe because his last name starts with “Ber?” Or maybe because studying bears in the woods is fun, surprising, and important? Let’s ask him!

bobolink on barbed wire

Masters of Migration

More than 300 kinds of birds can be seen in Missouri, and over half of them migrate.

Strange but True

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

Boy shooting a home made bow

How To: Build a Bow

You don’t need an expensive bow to practice archery. Here’s how to make one for less than $5 using plumbing pipe.

This Issue's Staff:

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
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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