Xplor: Aug/Sept 2010





This issue of Xplor contains features on Missouri's black bears, animal migration, tagging monarch butterflies and identifying animals by their scat.

Photos With Nop and Dave: Bell Mountain Sunrise

In photography—as in life—sometimes you have to try, try again. Just ask photographer David Stonner.

You Discover

With summer winding down, and autumn gearing up, there’s plenty to discover in August and September. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wild Jobs: Duck Counter Andy Raedeke

It’s a bird. it’s a plane. It’s ... a waterfowl biologist?

My Outdoor Adventure

“This place needs help,” Triston said on the first visit to his family’s new farm.

Migration Sensation

Imagine traveling to a place you’ve never been. You have neither a suitcase nor a map. To get there, you’ll have to fly hundreds of miles and pit your wits against predators and storms. Sound scary? Migrating animals do it all the time.

Diary of a Black Bear

Hi! I’m a 3-year-old black bear. I live deep in the Ozarks along the banks of the Current River.

Xplor More: Tag a Migrating Monarch

In mid-September orange-and-black monarch butterflies flutter south to Mexico. You can help biologists track their movements by catching migrating monarchs and putting identification tags on their wings.

Whose Scat is That?

Animals leave clues to let us know where they’ve been. Search the woods carefully and you might find footprints in the dirt, chew marks on a nut, fur snagged on a thorn, and other, well, stuff.

This Issue's Staff

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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