Freezing Drizzle Threatens Wild Bird Survival

Freezing Drizzle Threatens Wild Bird Survival

Feb 8, 2019

Tailless black-capped chickadee – Feb. 7, 2019 Here in northern Iowa, the first week of February has provided an incredibly diverse mix of weather – everything from 40-degree temps to double digit, below zero wind chills and new snow. On Feb. 6th, prolonged periods of freezing drizzle turned to snow during the overnight hours. As snow continued into the...

Winter Weather Extremes Bring Bizarre Wildlife Sighting

Winter Weather Extremes Bring Bizarre Wildlife Sighting

Feb 7, 2019

No one will argue that our Iowa winter has been one of weather extremes. Gone but not forgotten, the month of January provided our most dramatic example; offering everything from unseasonable warmth to polar blasts of life threatening cold and minus 60-degree wind chills. The month included a rich variety of rain showers, freezing drizzle, fog, heavy snowfall,...

Surviving the Cold

Surviving the Cold

Jan 31, 2019

Regardless of Species – Winter is a Hard Time for Iowa Wildlife You probably don’t need a reminder that Iowans have just endured one of the most vicious mid-winter cold snaps on record. The multiday event began with significant snowfalls which quickly gave way to plunging temperatures, followed by winds gusting to 50 plus mph. As the storm raged, weather...

Snowy Woodland

Snowy Woodland

Jan 31, 2019

Following a brutal three day siege of polar air and gusty winds, the North Iowa weather had finally moderated to a comparatively balmy minus twenty degrees. Winds had diminished to the point where wind chill values had risen to minus 46, according to the weather channel. At the Nature Conservancy’s Clausen’s Cove [located along Clear Lake’s south...

Deep Freeze Duck Hunt

Deep Freeze Duck Hunt

Jan 29, 2019

Waterfowl hunting has been one of my lifelong passions. From balmy September teal hunts, to the final days of ice laden decoys and freezing marshes; each and every outing becomes a unique and cherished outdoor memory. And although I love all phases of the annual migration, Iowa’s late falconry season provides some of my most exciting hunts. Generally...

Calling it Quits

Calling it Quits

Jan 21, 2019

  The Canada goose is about as tough as a water bird can get.  This year, the living has been easy – even in extreme northern Iowa.  With endless supplies of waste grain and plenty of open water, the winter weather has offered little challenge.  But times have changed.  Snow covered stubble fields, subzero temperatures, and shrinking air holes have...