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Topics planned for 2010-2011

October 2010: Bloodsuckers
They want to drink your blood! Learn about the mysteries of these creepy creatures!
September 2010: The Wild Side of the Family
Learn about dogs and cats their cousins in the wild! A fourth grade guest author (and son of the magazine editor) penned this issue!
August 2010: Desert Dwellers
How do animals and plants live with little water?
July 2010: Rivers Rock
Explore the physical and biological world of rivers.
June 2010: Homegrown Greenery
Learn how native plants are vital to the way we live!
May 2010: Amphibians
From regenerating tails to breathing through their skin to eyeballs helping them swallow and not to mention metamorphosis -- Amphibians are truly amazing!
April 2010: Garbage Getters
People may be spring cleaning, but nature's clean up crew is always on the job!
March 2010: Honor Roll: Texas Symbols
Have fun learning about the wildlife-related symbols of Texas.
February 2010: Building the West: The Buffalo Soldiers
Students learn about the origins and accomplishments of the first African American Army regiments in the late 1800s.
January 2010: Alien Invaders!
Find out what happens when non-native, invasive plants and animals get a foothold in Texas.
December 2009: One State, Many Places
Few states can claim deserts, praries, tropical forests, swamps and coastal beaches! Have fun learning and appreciating the regions of Texas!
November 2009: Bird Lips?!
Open wide! Mouths make a big difference in what animals eat. Variety is what keeps an ecosystem healthy!
October 2009: Mysteries of the Monarch
From migration to metamorphosis, take a closer look at this amazing creature!
September 2009: Cool School
Dive into the wet world of fish and have fun learning how and why fish do what they do!
August 2009: Snakes
Snakes are essential to our ecosystem. Learn how snakes manage without paws, claws or a voice.
July 2009: Every Drop Counts
Water is essential for all life. Will we remember to save some water for wildlife?
June 2009: Turtle Hurdles
On the land and in the water, turtles are one of the most lasting and interesting creatures on Earth!
May 2009: Come Fly With Me
Birds travel across continents fo find food, nesting spots and suitable weather. Learn what the difference is between migration and just flying around, how Texas fits in the migration map and some great tips on sharpening your observation skills.
April 2009: What's the Buzzzzz?
Bees are fascinating engineers and critical to our lives. They are also in some peril. Learn about how bees do their "bizznezz" that benefits us all.
March 2009: Nature's Nursery
Spring has sprung and it's time for a look at wildlife babies! Have fun with wildlife baby names and amazing facts, then dig a little deeper by sharpening observation and thinking skills.
February 2009: Weird, Wild and Wacky
Why do moths have long tongues? How fast can a woodpecker peck? Have fun discovering the weird, wild and wacky adaptations in the wild, and celebrate diversity!
January 2009: Vanishing!
If your students think endangered species are only in the rainforest or polar ice caps, this section will be an eye-opener. See some Texas rare species and find out why some of our plants and animals are vanishing.
December 2008: Animal Homes
Some animals find shelter, some build it and some carry it on their backs. Learn about the role of shelter and how wildlife finds this essential for survival.
November 2008: Living Off the Land
Early Native American Indians are our example of how man depends on plants and animals for survival.
October 2008: Bats
Myths are dispelled and we learn about the amazing skills and physiology of bats.
September 2008: Predator vs. Prey
Adaptations of predators and some insight into the role and challenge of being a predator. Features barn owl and jumping spider.
Issues planned for 2010-2011 school year:
September: Cats, Dogs and their Wild Relatives
October: Bloodsuckers
November: Leaves
December: Wetlands
January: Weather
February: What Killed Freddie the Fish?
March: Vaqueros
April: Conservation
May: Star Party
June: Ants
July: Water
August: Life in a Cave

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