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Swans numbers in good shape

November 24, 2012 TRUMPETER SWANS (Cygnus buccinator) are the largest waterfowl. It is all white except for its black beak. It can weigh up to 32 pounds and fly very well on its powerful wings spanning 8 feet. more »»

Goodbye fall, hello winter

November 24, 2012 Where did fall go? Did we ever really get fall weather? Either way, as you picked up your paper today, you could feel that winter is finally her. more »»

Thankful for the Great Outdoors

November 17, 2012 GREEN CASTLE’s water is slipping away, trickling through a special spillway tube gate. The once 16 acre surface area lake is shrinking on purpose as a management strategy. more »»

Waterfowl habitat improvements made during drought

November 10, 2012 DROUGHT can be tough to deal with. We have to adapt. Wildlife adapts too. I’m inclined to think that wildlife take drought years in stride just as they do excessively wet years. more »»

November is magical month outdoors

November 3, 2012 DEER are on the minds of lots of hunters this month. November is a magical time of cool air, frosty mornings and increasing movement of deer due to the breeding season. more »»

It’s not over for fishing

November 3, 2012 Fall can be some of the best fishing all year long, if you know what to look for and prepare for the trip. more »»

Trout = Fishing Fun

October 27, 2012 “Gone Fishing’” is a sign many people love to hang on their door. It helps explain a lot of things ... more »»

Calling Coyote

October 20, 2012 COYOTES are smart, crafty and very good at surviving in a wide range of environments. They can be found from Alaska to Mexico and California to Maine. more »»

Roots go deep to support tall trees

October 13, 2012 TREES have a tough job to do, particularly to stay alive throughout all kinds of weather conditions. more »»

Trout coming to Marshalltown

October 13, 2012 A rare species (to Central Iowa) of fish will be coming to Marshalltown next weekend. Two thousand Rainbow Trout will be delivered to Sand Lake on Oct. 20 for the first ever Sand Lake Trout release. more »»

Youth deer hunters proud of accomplishments

October 6, 2012 YOUTH DEER seasons went well for several kids who spent valuable time outdoors with their fathers over the last several weekends. more »»

Fishing vs. Nature

October 6, 2012 How can these two things ever be pitted against each other, when fishing is part of nature? Well, to a certain degree, yes that is correct. more »»

Gone fishing with an electric boat

September 29, 2012 FISH MANAGEMENT has its own set of pluses and minuses. more »»

Be wise as an owl — check for facts

September 22, 2012 GREAT HORNED OWLS are big. Standing about 22 inches tall, these silent flyers can observe a mouse crossing a highway, grassland or open field, then quickly set a glide path to intercept it. more »»

Feeding frenzies and fall migrations

September 22, 2012 There is no doubt that fall is in the air; cool crisp breezes, nighttime temperatures dipping into the 40s and 50s, and leaves are beginning to change color. more »»

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 »»



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