Go Find It!

By MDC | January 1, 2022
From Xplor: January/February 2022
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Eastern Gray Squirrel

Look for gray squirrels in forests, backyards, and nearly anywhere nut trees are found. To learn more about them, scamper over to mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.

TreeTop Apartment

The large leafy nests you see in trees don’t belong to birds. Squirrels build them to sleep in.

Talented Tails

A squirrel uses its bushy tail for balance, for shade on a sunny day, as an umbrella when it rains, as a blanket when it’s cold, and as a parachute if it falls.

Catching the Love Bug

During mating season, males chase females up, down, and around trees.

Chatterboxes

When it’s angry or scared, a squirrel flicks its tail and barks out cherk! cherk! cherk! to warn other squirrels.

Messy Eaters

When nibbling nuts, squirrels are messier than your baby brother eating spaghetti. Their picnic sites are littered with half-eaten acorns and hickory nut shells.

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