One for the Record Book

One for the Record Book

Apr 3, 2018

 WINTER STORM UMA MARCH 23 & 24, 2018     Promises. Promises. Promises. After a full season of hyping those great big winter snow storms that never ever materialized, the Weather Channel finally got it right. Dubbed by the channel as Winter Storm Uma, the massive system that plowed across parts of Iowa Friday night was a real winter...

Pan-Fried Snow Goose

Pan-Fried Snow Goose

Apr 3, 2018

Sometimes the Simplest Methods are the Best “Can I get you anything?” the guy behind the Fareway meat counter asked. Stopping my cart, I replied, “No thanks,” and then mentioned that we were having fresh snow goose for supper. “Hmmm; snow goose,” he mused. “Don’t they melt when you put ‘em in the oven?” “Good one,” I said. “You know...

Migrating Ring-necks Provide an Exciting Morning at the Smartweed Pond

  I heard the ducks seconds before I actually saw them. Arriving from behind, the descending flock’s set wings was neatly dividing the firmament into halves, resulting in that unique, jet engine roar that thrills waterfowl enthusiasts to their very core. Rocketing over and past the blind, the half dozen ring-necks – five drakes and a hen —...

Thank God for Sparrows

Thank God for Sparrows

Mar 20, 2018

We’ve all heard how one rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel. That’s kind of the way it is with sparrows. Imported from Great Britain during the 1800s, the house sparrow [also called English sparrow] took America by storm. Today, it has become one of our most familiar – and despised – bird species. Universally regarded as a destructive feathered pest,...

Rare Blackbirds Visit North Iowa

Rare Blackbirds Visit North Iowa

Mar 8, 2018

  Iowa is well known for its late season, often-spectacular March snowstorms. This year proved no exception when, on March 5th and 6th, anywhere from four to seven inches of heavy, wet snow descended on the state’s northern counties. Although the weather event didn’t exactly fit the description of an old-fashioned prairie blizzard, the snowfall was...

End of Season Rabbit Hawkin’

End of Season Rabbit Hawkin’

Mar 7, 2018

  Widespread and abundant, cottontail rabbits are an important component of Iowa’s natural food chain. I’m an active member of that chain. I love finding, chasing, and consuming rabbits. White, light and extremely nutritious, rabbit is one of my favorite entrees. There are lots of ways to pursue cottontails. I’ve hunted them with bow and arrow, .22...