Despite Hard Winter — Iowa Deer Enjoy Excellent Production

Despite Hard Winter — Iowa Deer Enjoy Excellent Production

Aug 12, 2019

Intelligent, adaptable, unbelievably resilient; the white-tailed deer is one amazing creature.  The white-tail’s resilience – its ability to survive under extreme circumstances — has never been more evident than it has this spring and summer.  Everywhere I go, I see does with fawns. So, what makes this noteworthy?  To put things...

Sandhill Cranes Reclaim Historic Iowa Wetlands

Sandhill Cranes Reclaim Historic Iowa Wetlands

Aug 7, 2019

Following months of austere reclusion, resident families of sandhill cranes are beginning to appear.  Stealthily prowling marsh edge, cow pasture, and bean field; crane parents are busily teaching youngsters – more properly called crane colts — the useful art of frog spearing.  Learning to successfully hunt frogs, snakes, and other edible...

Goose Production

Goose Production

Aug 1, 2019

The Iowa skies are getting louder.  This year’s crop of Canada geese are testing their wings.  The gosling’s initial flights are entertaining — often humorous — endeavors.  Facing into the breeze, the flights begin with an awkward, wing flapping, running start.  Like an airplane taxiing down the runway, the speed...

Hard Winter and Spring Flooding May Have Negative Impact on Iowa Pheasants

Hard Winter and Spring Flooding May Have Negative Impact on Iowa Pheasants

Jul 2, 2019

A hard winter followed by a wet spring will make it hard for Iowa pheasant populations to show significant gains during the 2019 nesting season, according to DNR Upland Wildlife Research Biologist, Todd Bogenschutz. “We had an unusual winter last year,” said Bogenschutz.  “It started out mild and dry, and then we had a winter’s worth of snow...

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...