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Mighty midgets

September 28, 2013 They are small. They are fast. They are survivors. And they are fun to watch. more »»

Slow down with fall fishing

September 28, 2013 Sept. 21 marked the first day of fall, although the feel in the air did not seem like i. more »»

Hawk watch teaches about local migration

September 21, 2013 HAWKS are big and numerous at this time of year. Middle to late September is the perfect time to watch the skies for these raptors as they move southward. more »»

Base flow keeps some water in the river

September 14, 2013 WATER is precious. All living things, plant or animal, need it. Without it we die. Without water plants also become stressed to the point where some may not live through it. more »»

Natural resources need our help

September 7, 2013 WILDLIFE populations of all species ebb and flow, up or down, all driven by a host of factors. Each year is different. more »»

Fishing derby ‘Iowa Connections’ a big hit

August 31, 2013 IOWA CONNECTIONS is the title Denny Baker, of St. Anthony, applies to the fall excursion to Kettle Lodge, Halley’s Camps, Ontario, Canada. more »»

Bison are big beasts

August 23, 2013 BISON are big beasts. They are powerful if they choose to employ their full strength to get from point A to point B. more »»

Bass in the grass

August 23, 2013 The hot months of summer can provide excellent fishing, if you can focus on certain areas of lakes, rivers and ponds. Today’s information will be focused on the latter of that list, ponds. more »»

Native plants a virtual pharmacy if we can learn to understand how they work

August 17, 2013 PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER are neat plants. more »»

Colo Bogs a remnant of glacial ice 

August 10, 2013 COLO BOGS has been known for decades as a wetland complex a few miles west of State Center. This area of land is relatively flat to slightly undulating in topography. more »»

Lake improvements pay long run dividends

August 3, 2013 GREEN CASTLE is getting a lot of attention from the MCCB staff this summer. As you may already be aware, water levels in the lake continue to go down slowly with the aid of a siphon system. more »»

Conservation Center a special place

July 27, 2013 CONSERVATION education is the emphasis of its being. The Conservation Center will be 10 years old this fall. more »»

Time is running out — take your kids fishing

July 27, 2013 Area schools are set to go back in the middle of August this year, and that does not leave a lot of time to take a kid fishing. more »»

Green Castle lake renovations continue

July 20, 2013 FISHERIES MANAGEMENT can be complicated exercise to balance various fish species populations. more »»

Goldeneye duck on new stamp

July 13, 2013 The COMMON GOLDENEYE, (Bucephala clangula americana), is named for the yellow iris of its eye, a very distinctive detail of identification. more »»

Prairies are subtle but amazing

July 6, 2013 The citizens of Marshall County are very fortunate to have a wide variety of natural habitats conserved within our borders. more »»

Take time to smell the roses

June 29, 2013 The WILD ROSE is a neat flower. Even though there are several species of this ‘rose’, the wild prairie rose, Rosa pratincola, is usually cited as the official flower. more »»

Welcome summer, let’s go fishing

June 22, 2013 KIDS FISHING IS FUN, especially when guaranteed catching is the name of the game. more »»

Six new cygnets at Green Castle

June 15, 2013 TRUMPETER SWANS seem to have made a great comeback from the brink of extinction. Prior to settlement, these swans, Cygnus buccinator, nested throughout the state. more »»

Big Fishin’

June 8, 2013 KIDS FISHING for fun is an exciting time. Even more exciting is what happens after a fish bites hard on the bait that has been presented. more »»



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