Outdoors Today

Time to head west to Hickory Grove

Hot weather, and hot water temperatures have hit Central Iowa lately. When water temperatures near the 80 degree mark, it is time to start fishing early and late in the day, as well as the deepest areas of area lakes. This weeks' local lake review travels west to Hickory Grove Lake. This lake ...

Fawns find a new world to explore

FAWNS of the White-tailed deer are out and about. Single births have happened for first time doe deer. The majority of older does will have twins. About 10-15 percent of the older and definitely mature does will have triplets. A high birth rate for this species is one of nature's methods to ...

Hendrickson Marsh is wildlife oasis

HENDRICKSON MARSH is not a huge wetland complex, but it is just one of many wildlife havens each spring and fall during migration times. Wetlands from the prairies of Canada, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana function as a place for waterfowl, shorebirds and ...

Meadowlarks love grasslands

THE EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Sturnella magna) is a true grassland/prairie species. We typically hear them singing, and simultaneously see them, perched on the top of a fencepost overlooking grasslands. The male will point his head and bill skyward to announce his defense of territory to other ...

Mushroom mysteries

MUSHROOMS are very numerous. The science of studying them is one way to find factual data from observation and testing, rather than relying on old superstitions or other tall tales of mystery. Still, mushrooms are mysterious life forms that have their own set of characteristics quite unlike ...

A hidden gem

A short drive straight north will get you in the general area of two nice little lakes. The drive will take about 35 minutes or so to reach Pine Lake State Park on the east side of Eldora. Each of these two little lakes is quite different from the other, however both have a good population of ...

Maria Canuta Lupia Martinez, 82

Maria Canuta Lupia Martinez, 82, of Tama, Iowa passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa with her loving family surrounding her.Visitation will be Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown, Iowa.Maria will be buried at ...

Mary Giovanna Stangl

Funeral services for Mary Giovanna Stangl, of Marshalltown, IA, were held Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Mitchell Family Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Boyle officiating. Mrs. Stangl was laid to rest in Center School Cemetery.Pallbearers were Steve Jensen, David Jensen, Wade Jensen, Rodney Jensen, ...

Foggy morning = fine flower photo

COOL things happen to anyone who takes the time and effort to examine the natural world. For this author, last Wednesday morning at zero-dark thirty, I left my house for a short drive to a turkey hunting site. Before I walked out the door, FOG was everywhere. No problem, I know the way to get ...

Bold and beautiful birds returning this month

Seeing a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is still possible although its overall population has been in decline for a long time. Never the less, this boldly colored bird gets ones attention, especially if it seen while flying. Well, that is what happened for this author this past week. And all the best ...

Everyone lives in a watershed

WATERSHEDS are the definition geologists and other land managers are quite familiar with. Even if you live in the heart of a city like Marshalltown, you have to be at least somewhat aware of the importance of watersheds to our daily lives. A defined area of land that contributes rainfall toward ...

Rock Creek Lake

Marshalltown, being in the center of the state has a lot of fishing opportunities by taking a short drive. In a previous article I highlighted all the smaller bodies of water here in Marshall County, and now it time to help you get acquainted with other lakes that are not too far away. As the ...

Pelicans ply the airwaves

WHITE PELICANS can and do make one of the most graceful flyers in the world of birds as they ply the airwaves making maximum use of thermal rising air currents. Flocks numbering in the hundreds were observed earlier this month over the Iowa River. They have a wingspan of 8.5 to 9 feet and can ...

Turkey time on Monday

WILD TURKEYS are secretive critters. At times it appears so easy to make a sneak on them from behind heavy cover and then attempt to call one in close. But nature seems to have other plans for 80 percent of the 50,000 hunters in the state. Averages from past years shows around 20 percent will ...

Bluebirds and blue sky

EASTERN BLUEBIRDS have arrived. That is a sure sign of spring, along with longer days, warmer air, rain, wind, and the emergence of insects. It is nice to see bluebirds going about their business of living as a whole new year awaits them and us. Enjoying wildlife of all kinds, observing their ...

Prairie management tool = fire

FIRE can be a friend or foe, a tool for good, or if improperly attended to, a hazard. Wise use of fire by trained personnel that have attended fire school know when to burn and when not to burn. Usually a short window of time exists each spring from about mid-March through April when last ...

Talented taxidermy on display April 2-3

The ART of TAXIDERMY done well makes long lasting replicas of animal life. Natural history museums across the globe have used taxidermist's talents to create displays of wildlife for educational purposes. Individuals also use these services to make mounts of trophy animals hunted or fished. ...

Spring time

Warm weather, cold weather, rain, sleet and snow ... sounds like March in Iowa to me. This has certainly been true so far this month. I was able to ice fish in March once again this year, which I didn't think would happen, and a short week later caught my first bass out of my boat. I don't ...

Sweet Spring!

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS have been here all winter. But they too welcome the coming of Spring with its warmer temperatures, less snow, and insects poking out of their winter hide-aways. As more migrating birds arrive during the next two months, food sources for all will increase rapidly. ...

Migrations welcome return visitors

The NORTHERN PINTAIL DUCK is the bird most casual observers will note has a distinct white chest and neck line. Its cinnamon colored head meets a grayish bill. And the reason it is called a pintail is due to the long spike-like rump feathers culminating in a long thin line. They are Spring and ...