From Xplor for Kids
September 2019 Issue

What Is It?

  • This is not the face you see...
  • ...when I am perched up in my tree.
  • You won’t see my owlish eyes ...
  • ...unless you crack my shell just right.

When it falls in the fall, the black walnut is covered in a thick green husk that smells kind of like citrus fruits. After lying on the ground for a while, the husk turns black and rots away, revealing a coarse black shell. It takes a hard whack with a hammer to open the nut. If you crack it just right, you might find what looks like an owl’s face surrounding the sweet nutmeat. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.

Also in this issue

Woodcock

Sarah’s Guide to Birds

Birds are awesome, and Sarah is here to show you why.

Grey Squirrel

Nature Goes Nuts

Meet a few of Missouri’s mighty oaks and the critters that crave their acorns.

And More...

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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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