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How much longer can we ice fish?

February 14, 2015 The snow piled up around the Marshalltown area a few weeks ago. This past weekend much of that has melted away. With Valentine's Day tomorrow (hint ... more »»

Birds compete for best nest sites

January 31, 2015 EAGLE versus GREAT-HORNED OWL is on the news at Decorah. A pair of great-horned owls are attempting to take over a nest built by bald eagles. more »»

Citizen science bird watching adds to database

January 24, 2015 TRUMPETER SWANS are very common critters in Iowa today thanks to a captive breeding program that started more than 20 years ag. more »»

The hidden lessons winter brings us

January 24, 2015 There is something romantic about winter. more »»

Water refill almost complete at Green Castle

January 17, 2015 GREEN CASTLE RECREATION AREA has new lake water. The lake is almost completely refilled since the gates were closed last fall. Slowly but surely water levels began to rise. more »»

Nature is the real world

January 10, 2015 The REAL WORLD, the real classroom for outdoor education, has to take place outside. Yes, the ideas and themes of conservation can be introduced in classroom settings. more »»

Ice fishing ... again

January 10, 2015 To say it has been a weird winter would be an understatement. Thus far this winter I have ice fished in Central Iowa earlier than I ever have, which was Nov. 1. more »»

Ice flows on river create bumpy texture

January 3, 2015 HAPPY NEW YEAR. This scribe predicts the following things will happen during 2015. more »»

Another year full circle, welcome to 2015

December 27, 2014 GRAY FOX are one of Iowa's not very often seen creatures. The main reasons for this is its nocturnal behavior, and low population level. more »»

The First Christmas

December 20, 2014 It was a clear, cold and starlight night. A blanket of the whitest snow bedded down the valley of the Iowa ... there were no lights from farms or villages ... because there were no farms of villages . more »»

Nature puts on a frost show

December 20, 2014 NATURE offers many photographic opportunitie. more »»

Wildlife survival a tough business

December 13, 2014 BALD EAGLES have made a miraculous comeback in the survival game from its low numbers of several decades ago. Now fully recovered, it population is expanding. more »»

Watching wildlife always popular

December 6, 2014 WINTER TIME wildlife observations take on a new opportunity when temperatures are cold, snow may be on the ground and howling winds attempt to seep into every crack and crevice. more »»

Dream big on the minds of deer hunters

November 29, 2014 DREAM BIG is always a good goal. If it happens, then a hunter can dwell in the limelight for his or her good fortune. Iowa’s reputation for having some nice trophy deer is well know. more »»

Thanks to the land for giving us food

November 22, 2014 TURKEY TIME is a Thanksgiving Day staple of many a family dinner table next Thursday. A big bird, precisely cooked, offers many tender morsels of protein for the entire househol. more »»

Safety is key when it comes to ice fishing

November 22, 2014 Winter has hit the Midwest a few weeks early, and that is only good for one thing ... ICE FISHING! Despite all the recent cold days and nights the ice on area ponds and lakes is not ideal. more »»

Wacky wildlife ... sometimes

November 15, 2014 FALL and WINTER-LIKE WEATHER let us know this past week just how suddenly air temperatures, cold winds and snow flurries can descend upon the landscape. more »»

Brrrrr ... gearing up for some ice fishing

November 15, 2014 I have lived in Central Iowa for a little more than 15 years. However, I can never remember a winter coming in as hard as it has this past week. more »»

Passenger pigeon replica on display

November 8, 2014 PASSENGER PIGEONS once upon a time were so numerous that flocks of flying birds would block out the sun for hours at a time. more »»

Bowhunting: Memories to last a lifetime

November 1, 2014 DEER are on the minds of lots of hunters at this time of year. Archery season is still on-going through Dec. 5. Bow and arrow season resumes on Dec. 22 and ends Jan. 10, 2015. The break during Dec. more »»



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