Nesting Wood Ducks – the Hatch is On!

Nesting Wood Ducks – the Hatch is On!

May 27, 2021

The hatch is on.  Breaking free of their eggshell imprisonment, broods of newborn wood ducks are getting their first glimpse of the Iowa outdoors.  Leaping from tree cavity nest sites, boisterous chains of fluffy ducklings are currently following their mothers over hill and dale.  Navigating a predetermined route, the journey will lead to the...

Spinning on a Dime

Spinning on a Dime

May 26, 2021

I’ve said it a thousand times before, and I’ll say it again.  Turkey hunting spins on a dime.  A nonstop series of exhilarating peaks and dark valleys, turkey hunting represents one of the Iowa outdoors’ most challenging endeavors.  For the moment, at least, I was currently residing at the bottom of one of those valleys.  The day...

Spring Turkey Harvest

Spring Turkey Harvest

May 25, 2021

Iowa’s five segment, thirty-five-day spring turkey season concluded Sunday, May 16.  According to data obtained through the Department of Natural Resources’ harvest reporting system, a total of 11,680 wild turkeys were bagged during 2021, a decrease of nearly three thousand birds from last year’s harvest of 14,614 turkeys. Turkeys were bagged...

Spring Migrations

Spring Migrations

May 13, 2021

The spring songbird migration is winging northward.  And while the larger and more colorful species – such as tanagers, orioles, and grosbeaks – tend to steal the annual show, there are other interesting, though less conspicuous, species that often tend to go unnoticed. Two of my favorites in this category are the white-throated and...

Morels!

Morels!

May 11, 2021

The much-anticipated, spring mushroom season is underway.  And although several mushroom species are edible, the famed morel reigns as undisputed king.  Exactly when morels populations will achieve peak numbers is an ever-popular topic of debate.  There are some trustworthy indicators.  Two of the most reliable are temperature and...