Fledging Woodpeckers

Fledging Woodpeckers

Jun 26, 2020

Female Hairy Woodpecker Feeding Fledgling While photographing an energized gang of scurrying chipmunks at the abandoned woodpile, I couldn’t help but notice an excessive amount of activity on the part of a nearby pair of hairy woodpeckers.  I soon discovered the reason for the commotion.  The woodpeckers’ nest — containing two...

Do Chipmunks Make You Smile?

Do Chipmunks Make You Smile?

Jun 25, 2020

Can’t say for sure what it is, but there’s just something about a chipmunk that makes people smile.  It doesn’t seem to matter where the chipmunk is or what it’s doing – you might spot one sitting atop an old stump munching on an acorn, cautiously peering around a stack of firewood, or high tailing it across a forested trail.  Doesn’t...

Iowa’s Bird & Bunny Season Has Begun

Iowa’s Bird & Bunny Season Has Begun

Jun 20, 2020

It’s that time of year again.  Iowa’s Baby Bird & Bunny season has officially begun.  During the past few days, I’ve seen lots of wildlife babies.  Baby birds, baby rabbits, baby squirrels.  I even spotted the season’s first pair of spindle-legged twin fawns.   Each new sighting is cause for celebration – a vivid...

Blanding’s Turtle – A Vanishing Link to Iowa’s Wetland Heritage

Blanding’s Turtle – A Vanishing Link to Iowa’s Wetland Heritage

Jun 10, 2020

With its distinctive high-domed helmet-shaped upper shell, bright yellow throat, and endearing smile, it would be hard to mistake the Blanding’s turtle for anything else.  Sadly, it is a species that most Iowans will never have an opportunity to view.  There are exceptions, of course.  Take for example, the adult Blanding’s recently seen...

Iowa’s Natural Areas Provide Year-round Wonders

Iowa’s Natural Areas Provide Year-round Wonders

Jun 3, 2020

Temperatures are rising.  The days are still getting longer.  In the Iowa woodlands, the transition from spring to summer is nearly complete.  But don’t take off your hiking boots just yet.  For those willing to look and listen, Iowa’s wooded trails continue to reveal new wonders at every turn. Iowa Woodland – A wildlife rich...