Spring Warblers

Spring Warblers

May 26, 2018

   Magnolia Warbler    American Redstart   For Iowa birding enthusiasts, there’s no better time than late May; the grand finale of the spring migration. Yellowthroat Spring migrants come in all colors, shapes and sizes. But of the more than 200 bird species that will nest in or migrate through our state, perhaps no single group is more uniquely...

Close Encounter of the Gobbler Kind

Close Encounter of the Gobbler Kind

May 14, 2018

  By now, it had become obvious that the gobbler was getting plenty cranked up. Couldn’t blame him. I was getting plenty revved myself. The turkey and I had been playing an ebb and flow, high stakes game of hide and seek for more than two hours now. Patience was growing thin on both sides. From the turkey’s perspective, the hen he was hearing should be...

Mother Goose – A Tale of Survival

Mother Goose – A Tale of Survival

May 8, 2018

  Ventura Heights wildlife enthusiasts have found reason to celebrate. Following weeks of mixed speculation, the female Canada goose which serves as the Height’s unofficial mascot has been successful at hatching her eggs. Located near the far west end of Cerro Gordo County’s Clear Lake, the goose nest was located atop an abandoned muskrat lodge at...

Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild

May 2, 2018

  There is no sound in nature that stirs my blood like the daybreak call of the wild turkey. No wild chorus incites more anticipation, produces more goose bumps, or penetrates deeper to my core than the ancient, staccato rattle of a mature spring gobbler. The closer you can get to spring gobbling, the louder and more exciting it becomes. But since the...