Year ‘Round Deer Watching

Year ‘Round Deer Watching

Jun 5, 2019

White-tailed deer are fascinating creatures.  Watching them is one of my favorite pastimes; not just during the fall and winter archery seasons, but all year ‘round.  You never see it all.  No matter how many hours you spend observing; there is always something to learn, something new to see.      Late spring is an...

Iowa’s Bird & Bunny Season Has Begun-Leave the Wildlife Babies Alone!

Iowa’s Bird & Bunny Season Has Begun-Leave the Wildlife Babies Alone!

Jun 3, 2019

It’s that time of year again.  Iowa’s Baby Bird & Bunny season is officially underway.  For me, each new sighting of a recently hatched brood of Canada geese, spindly-legged fawn, or baby robin is cause for celebration – a vivid portrayal of the annual renewal of life.  The sightings also serve as a visual reminder for me to...

Although Prickly to the Touch Wild Gooseberry Provides Many Outdoor Benefits

Although Prickly to the Touch Wild Gooseberry Provides Many Outdoor Benefits

Jun 2, 2019

The wild gooseberry is one of my favorite woodland plants. Although its thorny exterior can make the gooseberry a prickly customer, the shrub does have some redeeming qualities. During spring, its thick greenery becomes a protein rich pantry for insect eating warblers while, at the same time, provides safe nesting for many other songbird species. In summer,...

The American Little Torch Is One Amazing Bird

The American Little Torch Is One Amazing Bird

Jun 1, 2019

Of all the warblers migrating through Iowa, the energetic American redstart is perhaps the easiest to identify. With its coal black head and back, burnt orange wing and tail patches, and white underbelly; an adult male is hard to mistake for anything else – although the orange and black plumage does occasionally lead people to mistake it for the more...