RING-TAIL’S REVENGE

RING-TAIL’S REVENGE

Aug 23, 2016

  Nothing makes a raccoon any madder than when a family of humans invades its sweet corn patch. It happens every summer in Iowa. But the masked marauders sometimes get the last laugh by raiding brim full garbage cans and scattering the heat ripened contents far and wide. They add further insult by conducting late night visits to backyard feeders where they...

2016 Waterfowl Forecast

2016 Waterfowl Forecast

Aug 13, 2016

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Predicts Strong Duck Migration For 2016             When the leaves turn color and autumn winds blow, Iowa duck hunters can anticipate seeing a strong migration during 2016. That’s the official assessment from this year’s North American Breeding Duck and Habitat Survey released this week by the U.S. Fish &...

American Toads Make Interesting Additions To Summer Landscapes

American Toads Make Interesting Additions To Summer Landscapes

Aug 10, 2016

  One thing that my Dad and I could always agree on was that neither one of us had ever landed a walleye while mowing the lawn. I am reminded of that depressing truth every time I crank up the mower and begin another mindless session of circling round and round the yard; engine roaring, blades whirling. Although never a favorite pastime, I especially...

Summer Molt

Summer Molt

Aug 3, 2016

  They were a motley looking crew; a bachelor group of four drake mallards quietly sneaking their way through an opening in the cattails. Deep into the summer molt, the birds scarcely resembled the familiar elegantly plumed “Greenheads” of early spring. Rendered flightless by a complete loss of primary wing feathers, the drakes would remain grounded...