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Lazy river tube floating a good summer adventure

July 23, 2011 The IOWA RIVER is peaceful at the moment. It’s flow rate is low and slow compared to its potential during flooding times. more »»

Support wildlife areas with stamps

July 16, 2011 MIGRATORY BIRDS get a big boost from the income generated from the sale of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp. more »»

Turkey banquet next weekend

July 9, 2011 WILD TURKEYS are our largest game bird. They are tough rascals able to endure cold winters, hot summers and predators big and small. more »»

Snakes have to make a living too  

July 2, 2011 SNAKES are part of our wildlife legacy. They have ecological niches to fill in the predator/prey game of life. more »»

Goose Roundup is Monday

June 25, 2011 CANADA GEESE have hatched their young. Right now, the goslings have grown enough that their legs will support an official Fish and Wildlife leg band. more »»

Alaska’s Inside Passage Cruise

June 18, 2011 ALASKA is a long way from Iowa. Going to Alaska has been on our ‘bucket list’ for a long time. We made it happen and are not sorry we did. It was a fantastic trip. more »»

What’s wrong with my pine tree?

June 11, 2011 If you are a homeowner with evergreens or a windbreak tree planting on your property, perhaps you’ve asked yourself or a neighbor this question recently. more »»

Become an Outdoorsmen

June 4, 2011 A month ago an email came across my computer from the regular scribe of this column, Garry Brandenburg. He tempted me with the idea of being a guest writer. more »»

May mushrooms: A mighty meal

May 28, 2011 MOREL MUSHROOMS are one of Iowa forest’s sweet treats during the month of May. Lots of people look for them in the same places that have been good for production in years past. more »»

Nature’s identification lessons never end

May 21, 2011 There are sparrows and there are sparrows. more »»

Bison remain historical icons of American wildlife

May 14, 2011 BISON are one of the iconic symbols of America. more »»

New life each spring: A testament to the struggle to survive

May 7, 2011 There are lots of new wildlife critters, feathered or furry kinds, making their way into the spring season. more »»

Woodland flowers welcome spring

April 30, 2011 SPRING BEAUTY wildflowers are nice to look at. And if insects know anything at all about survival for their species, it is apparent that lots of six legged critters know what tastes good. more »»

Iowa connections at P&Y national convention

April 23, 2011 The POPE & YOUNG CLUB is just one of many fine conservation organizations that a person can join and support. This scribe is proud to be a Pope & Young member. more »»

Red fire equals green prairies

April 16, 2011 FIRE is a natural resource management tool. Fire used correctly at the right time and right place assists in killing off woody vegetation. more »»

Living with wildlife

April 9, 2011 WILDLIFE of many species are either on nests, have young or soon will give birth to a new crop of critters. It is nature’s way of keeping itself going year after year. more »»

Deer forecasts for 2011-12 season are being formulated

April 2, 2011 CITY DEER hunts are going well despite some severe cold weather last winter that kept archers away. Plus deer have adapted to moving to areas where deer hunting pressure is less. more »»

Refuge systems are ‘Stepping Stones’ for wildlife

March 26, 2011 SNOW GEESE will be the topic of an informative program this coming Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Conservation Center at the GrimesFarm. more »»

Ducks Unlimited honors youth

March 19, 2011 DUCKS UNLIMITED (DU) puts money into the coffer for wetland conservation efforts. more »»

Trumpeter Swans are majestic migrators

March 12, 2011 TRUMPETER SWANS are huge waterfowl. They are five feet long, have a seven foot wingspan and adult males weigh about 28 pounds. more »»



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