Sure Footed Bighorns Climb Road to Recovery

Sure Footed Bighorns Climb Road to Recovery

Aug 30, 2015

CUSTER, SD–With symmetrically curved horns and sure footed agility, the Rocky Mountain bighorn is one of North America’s best known and most spectacular forms of wildlife. The closest populations of wild bighorns [to Iowa] exist among the higher elevations of South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest and in the nearby Badlands National Park....

A Nature Horror Tale: Cicada Killer Wasp Completes Amazing Cycle

A Nature Horror Tale:  Cicada Killer Wasp Completes Amazing Cycle

Aug 18, 2015

  It’s late August. Right on schedule, this year’s crop of annual cicadas are making their above ground debut as the distinctive chorus of hopeful males is beginning to fill the sultry summer atmosphere. With volumes exceeding 100 decibels, the ear piercing trill is impossible to miss. Louder than most lawn mowers; the cicada’s song is the insect...

Winnebago County Cemetery Preserves Link to Iowa’s Vanished Pioneer Heritage

Winnebago County Cemetery Preserves Link to Iowa’s Vanished Pioneer Heritage

Aug 15, 2015

    “. . . there was nothing to see but prairie, green stretches of grassland rolling quietly outward till lost in the haze that trembled on the horizon.” – Norwegian immigrant Laurence Larson describing his l870’s arrival in Winnebago County.   THOMPSON– Even by rural Iowa standards, Winnebago County’s Linden Township Cemetery is...

Little Green Heron: An Amazing Iowa Bird

Little Green Heron: An Amazing Iowa Bird

Aug 4, 2015

It’s late summer and the season is moving on. In the woodlands bordering Iowa’s lake and river systems, the last of this year’s crop of green herons are leaving the nest. Cloaked in a bizarre mix of baby fuzz and half grown feathers, the gangling birds aren’t much to look at — at least at this stage of their life. With stubby wing feathers still...