From Xplor for Kids
January 2017 Issue

Predator vs. Prey: American Kestrel vs. Prairie Vole

Publish Date

Jan 01, 2017

Hover-Craft Wings

Kestrels hover like mini helicopters over grassy fields where mice and voles tunnel and feed.

Sharp Eyes

Are great for spotting small prey scurrying through the grass or popping up through the snow.

Sharper Talons

Deliver sudden death. Strong, clawlike toes pierce and crush prey in an instant.

Snow Survivor

Voles must eat their body weight in food every day to survive. Snow can hide them as they search for seeds, bark, roots, and dried berries.

Runway Runner

Voles build systems of tunnels above and below ground. In winter, voles are more active during the day.

And the winner is…

That kestrel is close, but the little vole dives under the snow. When the snow melts, look out! The kestrel wins, talons down.

Also in this issue

Bald Eagle

Get Out

Things to do and great places to discover nature.

Riverbreaks Burr Oak

Into The Wild: Mighty Oak

Every tree is a tower of life. Lie down beside a mighty oak and gaze up into its branches. You might be surprised at the number of wild creatures you find.

Opossum in snow

Animal Tricksters

Sometimes you have to be sneaky to survive.

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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