Fall Raptor Migration Offers Lesson in Avian Diversity

Fall Raptor Migration Offers Lesson in Avian Diversity

Oct 20, 2015

  The annual fall migration of raptors — eagles, hawks, falcons, and ospreys — is one of Iowa’s most popular wildlife shows. Regardless of whether the habitats are grassland, forest, marsh, or open lake; there is no natural ecosystem that will not be visited by traveling birds of prey during the next several days. Humans have long been...

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

Oct 20, 2015

  It Should Have Been A Slam Dunk But Hunting the Wild Goose Does not Always Go as Planned   Three o’clock in the morning and the anticipation was building. I was so wound up, in fact, that I literally couldn’t sleep; which is how I happened to know it was three a.m. The excitement had begun the day before when I discovered a freshly harvested...

Duck Season Opener 2015

Duck Season Opener 2015

Oct 9, 2015

                        Iowa waterfowl hunters enjoyed overall good success during the the October 3rd kickoff to this year’s regular duck season.  According to DNR Conservation Officers, hunters encountered good to excellent numbers of ducks statewide during Saturday’s opener.  Although a scattering...

The Duck Call

The Duck Call

Oct 3, 2015

  When I was a kid, most of my grade school classmates had two favorite days — Christmas and their birthdays. The reason was simple. That was when everyone got presents. I was different. My favorite day of the year occurred early each fall when, arriving home from school, I would discover the top half of my Dad’s duck call sitting on the kitchen...