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Prairie history and notes from Lewis & Clark

June 26, 2016 PRAIRIES are grasslands by definition. And within this broad brush stroke label, botanists refine that definition into three categories; mesic, dry and wet. more »»

Cheerful chattering chipmunks

June 19, 2016 CHIPMUNKS are small and fast. Cute is a human term sometimes misapplied to this critte. more »»

Time to head west to Hickory Grove

June 19, 2016 Hot weather, and hot water temperatures have hit Central Iowa lately. more »»

Fawns find a new world to explore

June 12, 2016 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. more »»

Hendrickson Marsh is wildlife oasis

June 5, 2016 HENDRICKSON MARSH is not a huge wetland complex, but it is just one of many wildlife havens each spring and fall during migration times. more »»

Meadowlarks love grasslands

May 29, 2016 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. more »»

Mushroom mysteries

May 21, 2016 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 myster. more »»

A hidden gem

May 21, 2016 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. more »»

Maria Canuta Lupia Martinez, 82

May 17, 2016 Maria Canuta Lupia Martinez, 82, of Tama, Iowa passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa with her loving family surrounding he. more »»

Mary Giovanna Stangl

May 17, 2016 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. more »»

Foggy morning = fine flower photo

May 14, 2016 COOL things happen to anyone who takes the time and effort to examine the natural world. more »»

Bold and beautiful birds returning this month

May 7, 2016 Seeing a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is still possible although its overall population has been in decline for a long time. more »»

Everyone lives in a watershed

April 30, 2016 WATERSHEDS are the definition geologists and other land managers are quite familiar with. more »»

Rock Creek Lake

April 30, 2016 Marshalltown, being in the center of the state has a lot of fishing opportunities by taking a short driv. more »»

Pelicans ply the airwaves

April 23, 2016 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. more »»

Turkey time on Monday

April 16, 2016 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. more »»

Bluebirds and blue sky

April 9, 2016 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS have arrived. That is a sure sign of spring, along with longer days, warmer air, rain, wind, and the emergence of insects. more »»

Prairie management tool = fire

April 2, 2016 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. more »»

Talented taxidermy on display April 2-3

March 26, 2016 The ART of TAXIDERMY done well makes long lasting replicas of animal life. more »»

Spring time

March 26, 2016 Warm weather, cold weather, rain, sleet and snow ... sounds like March in Iowa to me. This has certainly been true so far this month. more »»

 
 
 

 

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