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Great Egrets are great to see

October 16, 2016 GREAT EGRETS are noticeable primarily because their all white plumage sets it apart from the more casual grey and browns of the Great Blue Heron. more »»

River ramblings ... again

October 2, 2016 The IOWA RIVER is showing us how it must react to too much rain falling in northern counties of the watershe. more »»

Clean water starts with you ... planting trees!

September 25, 2016 “I just want to do what’s right for water quality. I want to have the archetypical farm that you’d be proud to show off to others and be proud to pass on to your kids. more »»

Fall is baton-passing time

September 18, 2016 There are four runners in this ageless 'track event' account of geologic time. There are four runners to the ebb and flow of earth's orbit of the sun. more »»

Big Bluestem likes fire

September 11, 2016 TALL GRASS PRAIRIE once covered 140 million acres of North America's plains states. Now less than 4 percent remain nationally. In Iowa, the percentage is less than one-tenth of 1 percent. more »»

Deer image makes magazine cover

September 4, 2016 BEING PREPARED is a Boy Scout motto, and a wildlife photographer's mott. more »»

Young wildlife prospering

August 28, 2016 WILD TURKEYS are being seen more regularly by passers by traveling along rural roadways near or in the vicinity of forest lands. It is good to see them. more »»

The big ones did not get away

August 21, 2016 IOWA CONNECTIONS WALLEYE DERBY is now in the record books. more »»

Last nest for the year

August 14, 2016 ROBINS (Turdus migratorius) are one of the most common feathered critters of the bird world. A few stay all winter feeding on berries or fruits. more »»

Wild foods a good thing

August 7, 2016 The COMMON SUNFLOWER, Hileanthus annus, look like the sun, standing tall on sturdy stalks, pointing their faces to the light. more »»

A deer’s nose knows

July 31, 2016 DEER are members of the family biologists call Cervidae. Worldwide there are about 40 species of antlered animals. more »»

An Olympic Peninsula adventure

July 31, 2016 As a fisherman for the majority of my short 21 years of life, I can confidently say my favorite area to hike, adventure and interact with nature is the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington sta. more »»

Straight-shooting students excel

July 24, 2016 STUDENT STRAIGHT SHOOTERS know how to compete in a very structured, safe and disciplined sports activity, namely to shoot clay targets with shotguns. more »»

Living with wild things

July 17, 2016 The IOWA RIVER WILDLIFE AREA (IRWA) is just one of several county owned natural areas dedicated to wildlife habitat. more »»

An ecological mechanism

July 10, 2016 What does a naturalist at heart do in the middle of a hot summer day. Go for a hike, camera in hand, and hike into natural settings just to see what can be seen. more »»

Good-bye for now

July 10, 2016 I moved to Marshalltown in the summer of 1999 to pursue my career as a teacher after graduating from UNI. more »»

Sizzling summer fishing fun

July 3, 2016 KIDS FISHING DERBY on Saturday, June 25th was a big hit, again, for the 150 attendees plus dedicated volunteers. The weather was perfect, no rain like last year. The fish cooperated. more »»

Prairie history and notes from Lewis & Clark

June 26, 2016 PRAIRIES are grasslands by definition. And within this broad brush stroke label, botanists refine that definition into three categories; mesic, dry and wet. more »»

Cheerful chattering chipmunks

June 19, 2016 CHIPMUNKS are small and fast. Cute is a human term sometimes misapplied to this critte. more »»

Time to head west to Hickory Grove

June 19, 2016 Hot weather, and hot water temperatures have hit Central Iowa lately. more »»



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