Hiking for Owls

Hiking for Owls

Feb 14, 2020

There are a lot of good reasons to visit Iowa’s winter woodlands.  Listening to the eerie, nighttime serenades of resident owls ranks high on my list of favorites. As is the case with any outdoor adventure, being prepared is key to success.  It is, after all, the dead of winter.  Dress too lightly and you’ll freeze.  Wear too much and...

Winter Wildlife Survival

Winter Wildlife Survival

Jan 23, 2020

Sub-zero temperatures.  Drifting snow.  Winds gusting to forty-five.  Near zero visibility.  How’s that for a chilling winter combo?  But those were the exact conditions we endured last weekend when a major winter storm system bulldozed its way across the continent’s midsection.  I’m guessin’ there were a lot of Iowans who...

Arctic Traveler from the Midnight Sun

Arctic Traveler from the Midnight Sun

Jan 14, 2020

PHOTO:  Ready To Fly – Like all peregrines, Aurora loves to hunt and will chase just about anything she sees.  Photo by: Carol Washburn If Jack Vooge had lost one more drop of blood; I should have called for a Medivac.  I was springing a leak or two myself, but my injuries were nothing compared to the sight of Jack’s hands and...

Lovelock Cave Canvasback

Lovelock Cave Canvasback

Nov 27, 2019

The scene is timeless.  At the edge of a shallow marsh, two hunters crouch in the cattails.  The sunrise is fast approaching and a rising breeze is providing lifelike movement to the group of eleven canvasback duck decoys swimming out front.  Anticipation is growing as the hunters anxiously await the arrival the day’s first flock. An ancient...

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Nov 25, 2019

I was beginning to feel the pressure.  With the Thanksgiving holiday less than a week away, my turkey dinner was still running wild and free somewhere in the big woods.  Perhaps I should backtrack a bit and begin by saying that Thanksgiving is one of my all-time favorite holidays.  Roast turkey, homemade dressing, cranberries, pumpkin pie –...