Get Out!

By MDC | January 1, 2022
From Xplor: January/February 2022
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Fun things to do and great places to discover nature.

  • Witness a migration sensation by visiting one of Missouri’s wild wetlands. You’ll see thousands of ducks, geese, and other waterbirds refueling for their journey north.
  • Black bears begin to emerge from winter dens in February. Learn how to be bear aware at short.mdc.mo.gov/Zky.
  • To show off for females, male cottontails chase, punch, and jump over each other. Bunny battles are triggered when temperatures climb above 60 degrees.
  • Share a bagel with some birds. Smear peanut butter on a bagel. Roll it in birdseed. Poke a pencil through for a perch. Hang it in a tree with a loop of yarn.
  • Eastern bluebirds nest in early spring. Learn how to build a home tweet home for Missouri’s colorful state bird at audubon.org/news/how-build-bluebird-nest-box.
  • Don’t put away your tent just because it’s cold outside. Winter camping can be fun and cozy — if you know how to do it right. For tips, check out short.mdc.mo.gov/ZvT.

Looking for more ways to have fun outside? Find out about Discover Nature programs in your area at mdc.mo.gov/events.

This Issue's Staff

ARTIST
Alexis (AJ) Joyce

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Noppadol Paothong
David Stonner

DESIGNERS
Marci Porter
Les Fortenberry

ART DIRECTOR
Cliff White

EDITOR
Matt Seek

SUBSCRIPTIONS
Laura Scheuler

MAGAZINE MANAGER
Stephanie Thurber