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Special deer seasons begins today

September 15, 2012 DEER are a major big game animal in Iowa. They draw a lot of interest from hunters each year as the lure of being outdoors in the crisp autumn air rekindles hunting instincts. more »»

Fall fishing is finally here

September 15, 2012 It has been awhile since my last article, and I am glad that fall is in the air. Summer was a busy time for me with fishing, family and some college classes. more »»

Disappearance of Barn Swallows signals season change

September 15, 2012 One of the first signs of fall’s approach is the disappearance of Barn Swallows. They arrive each spring and build their cup shaped nests under bridges and the eaves of buildings. more »»

Hummingbirds a delight for human eyes

September 8, 2012 The RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS (Archilochus colubris) is a tiny creature. We humans are amazed that such a little package of feathers, muscles and bone can be put together like this. more »»

The great outdoors is a family tradition

September 1, 2012 ALASKA fishing fun for the family of the Armstrongs and Browns was a top priority this summer. While the U.S. more »»

Fishing fun never ends

August 25, 2012 WALLEYE, lots of them, and some really nice big ones, were the fish most sought after earlier this month in Ontario, Canada. more »»

Kids Fishing Derby is today

August 18, 2012 Today is the KIDS FISHING DERBY at Lake Woodmere, the pond at Riverside Cemetery. It is not too late to make the journey to waters edge. The derby is primarily fun ... for the kids .. more »»

They are called snappers for a reason

August 11, 2012 SNAPPERS are found fairly often, most often in random situations. While fishing at an area pond, lake or river, coming across this reptile would be expected. more »»

A walk on the wild side

August 4, 2012 Lots of things wildlife-related are happening and being reported. Keen observers see lots of interesting items and are willing to share the who, what and where to this scribe. Thank you. more »»

Drought persists, river shows it

July 28, 2012 HOW LOW can the river go? Rivers in Iowa seldom go completely dry— Very low, yes. Right now the river gauging station on Highway 14 is reading 9.25 feet. more »»

Bison jump sites part of prairie history

July 21, 2012 BUFFALO, or more correctly bison, were so numerous at one time that naturalists later estimated the peak population of these giant beasts of the prairie lands at 60 million. more »»

Wildlife surveys a summer necessity

July 14, 2012 SURVEYS help pull in the numbers. But to mean anything, the validity of the survey methodology must be scientifically base. more »»

Orioles brighten summer skies

July 7, 2012 This week's featured critter is the BALTIMORE ORIOLE, a colorful orange and black feathered bird with a body size similar to a robin. more »»

Fishing friends find Canada a good choice

June 30, 2012 CANADA CALLS for some folks to return every year, same place, same station. more »»

Summertime panfish

June 30, 2012 Summer weather has once again graced central Iowa, and as anglers we must change our thinking if we want to continue to catch fish. more »»

Summer outdoor activities are in session

June 23, 2012 ROBINS like to take baths. So do many other bird species, even resorting to shallow mud puddles or the edges of ponds, lakes or streams. more »»

Nature thrives in summer to survive winter

June 16, 2012 CEDAR WAXWINGS are cool birds. They usually are found in flocks of six to 12 as they dart into berry laden bushe. more »»

Fishing for fun a great summer task

June 9, 2012 Last weekend was FREE FISHING in Iowa for residents. I hope you took the opportunity to go fishing somewhere, anywhere for a few hours. It can be some of the best relaxation time ever invente. more »»

Moths work the night shift

June 2, 2012 SPINX MOTHS are big, almost as big as a hummingbird. They are pretty to watch. They also sound, at close range, like a hummingbird due to the fast action of its wing. more »»

Knowing the laws of fishing

June 2, 2012 I have had the chance to fish on 12 public bodies of water this year. more »»



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