Mud Hen Mayhem

Mud Hen Mayhem

Aug 16, 2013

Across Northern Iowa’s wetland strongholds, it’s been an excellent production year for mallards, wood ducks, and hoodeds.  And although most folks aren’t seeming to notice, Iowa coots have also enjoyed an excellent nesting season.  Coot broods are abundant, and most youngsters are now in the process of being “weaned” while they...

A World Without Bees

A World Without Bees

Aug 14, 2013

I just pulled my latest issue of TIME magazine out of the mail box.  This week’s cover story is a piece titled: A World Without Bees.  Written by Bryan Walsh, the article deals with the importance of bees to agriculture and focuses on the ongoing mystery of widespread Colony Collapse Disorder.  According to Walsh, pollination by bees is responsible...

Fishing With Chopsticks

Fishing With Chopsticks

Aug 13, 2013

This year’s waterfowl production has been excellent across North Central Iowa and broods are abundant wherever you find thick vegetation.  Increased water levels and plant growth has also been good for the production of aquatic insects, frogs, toads, and fish.  Wading birds are currently capitalizing on the newly expanded fishing opportunities.  While...

Quick Glimpse

Quick Glimpse

Aug 10, 2013

Sometimes a quick glimpse is all you get.  Almost stepped on this one.  But once the fawn decided to make its getaway, it put the hammer down and was gone in an...

Prairie Summer

Prairie Summer

Aug 10, 2013

It’s late summer and the Iowa prairie is flourishing with  a dazzling array of life and color.   Although impossible for contemporary Iowans to fathom the endless, horizon to horizon prairie vistas that greeted European immigrants as they rushed westward into Iowa during the 1830s and 1840s, today’s grassland remnants and ongoing prairie...