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Quail add spice of life to winter scene

February 19, 2011 BOBWHITE QUAIL (Colinus virginianus) are neat little ground dwellers critters that are native to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. more »»

Just waiting for spring

February 12, 2011 All of us are waiting for spring. At least six more weeks of wintery weather must be endured. Such is life in the midwest. more »»

Blizzards test the capacity of wildlife

February 5, 2011 WINTER attacked with a vengeance this week. It was a little reminder to people that Mother Nature always calls the shots. She wins, we must adap. more »»

Local receives state PF award 

January 29, 2011 PHEASANTS FOREVER has lots of volunteers throughout the entire spectrum of its Chapters all over the USA. Locally, we have a winner in our midst. more »»

Winter birds, wildlife worth watching 

January 22, 2011 The PILEATED WOODPECKER is the big bird of the woodpecker variety.  Only its very rare (possibly extinct) cousin, the Ivory-billed woodpecker is larger. Pileateds are approximately 16. more »»

Turtle named Crunch didn’t disappoint

January 15, 2011 There are turtles and then there are really big turtles. more »»

Wildlife and a camera, a great excuse to get outside 

January 8, 2011 Wildlife observations are always a special treat for this author. more »»

Frost seeding works to restore prairie 

January 1, 2011 HAPPY NEW YEAR. Only 364 days left until 2012 arrives.  So get ready for another great year in the great outdoors.  What a contrast: dispersing seeds onto the snow ... more »»

Christmastime wildlife sightings are gifts to remember

December 25, 2010 Haliaectus leucocephalus is the Latin name for the American Bald Eagle. It means white headed sea eagle. more »»

Conservation Officer Steinbach on duty 

December 18, 2010 Take one young southern Iowa farm kid who loved to explore outside, chase rabbits, go fishing and enjoy nature in all its aspects, add time and encouragement, stir in a healthy dose of post high... more »»

Cold weather tests hunters’ endurance 

December 11, 2010 Second season shotgun Iowa DEER HUNTERS will be tested, by skittish deer, and very cold temperatures in addition to more snow. more »»

1,000 stories completed, many more to go 

December 4, 2010 Yes folks, since October, 1991, the stories I have written have numbered 1,000 with this edition. more »»

Hunters savor wild game meat delicacies 

November 27, 2010 Fall hunting seasons are well under way. Deer hunters, including youth, early muzzleloaders and archers have taken well over 20,000 deer so far. Next weekend, Dec. more »»

Caribou hunt leads Marshalltown man to Quebec 

November 20, 2010 CARIBOU, Rangifer Tarandus, are nomadic members of the deer family well known for legendary migrations of hundreds of miles. more »»

Hunters, trappers and fishermen: DNR wants to talk 

November 13, 2010 Congrats to the Polley boys and family for carrying out a family tradition of outdoor appreciation and understanding of wildlife. more »»

New fishes on exhibit 

November 6, 2010 Dr. Robert “Bob” LeVier passed away a few months ago, but not before he would leave his contributions to conservation education for all to see. more »»

Trail cameras catch more than deer 

October 30, 2010 REMOTE CAMERAS are very popular with sportsmen and women. These never tiring devices allow for round the clock surveillance of wildlife movements along likely trail. more »»

Giant deer fossils teach us how the earth changes

October 23, 2010 Deer hunters can only dream of antlers this large on a deer. It is proof of what was possible and common a long time ago. more »»

Fall flights of birds increasing with the season

October 16, 2010 Birds know the season of fall is here. It is time to make way for the advance of winter when food supplies become limited. more »»

The EYES have it

October 9, 2010 WHITETAIL DEER vision is uniquely adapted to this specie’s needs in the survival game of life. As an avid deer hunter, I know that movement is the first thing a deer may tend to pick up on ... more »»



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