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Biology tidbits on animals we enjoy

October 18, 2014 GARTER SNAKES are common, so common that the number of sub-species makes a long list. Some of these do not live in the Midwest. more »»

Nature's paint brush found on butterflies

October 11, 2014 In one little PRAIRIE FLOWER PATCH that just happens to be located adjacent to this scribe’s driveway, monarch butterflies and several other smaller butterflies were making the most of a nectar... more »»

Cooler temps equals biting fish

October 11, 2014 Fall is finally here in Central Iowa! In some regards I wish New Year’s Day was Oct. 1, because it is so much more enjoyable than Jan. 1. more »»

Duck season looks promising

October 4, 2014 DUCKS will be moving soon. This past Friday’s wind and colder temperatures got some of the waterfowl species into the air and moving south. more »»

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day

September 27, 2014 NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY is a big deal. When one tallies up all the benefits of time spent outdoors, it soon becomes evident how important these activities are to people. more »»

Sand Prairie beauty is subtle and sweet

September 20, 2014 The MARIETTA SAND PRAIRIE is at its prime time right now. Tall grasses such as bluestem and Indiangrass are thrusting seed heads toward the sky at the tips of tall stems. more »»

An early fall?

September 20, 2014 It appears that Mother Nature has an early fall planned for us. Temperatures plummeted into the 40s earlier this month, and that will definitely affect the fishing in the local lakes and rivers. more »»

Home, home on the range

September 13, 2014 ­HOME ON THE RANGE had a different meaning during recent glacial and interglacial times. The geologic record is written in stone and preserved as fossils. more »»

Small game survey released

September 6, 2014 SMALL GAME surveys are conducted every early August by Iowa Department of Natural Resources biologists and conservation officer. more »»

Summer and Swallowtails go together

August 30, 2014 GIANT SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLIES are beautiful insect creatures. Big colorful golden yellow and black wings grab your attention. more »»

A welcome to Conservation Officer Tyson Brown

August 23, 2014 STATE CONSERVATION OFFICER Tyson Brown has waited a long time to fulfill a goal, to become a game warden. It was a long road with many stepping stones along the way. more »»

Iowa Connections Walleye Derby goes fishing

August 16, 2014 WALLEYES, WALLEYES, and more WALLEYES was the name of the game for The Iowa Connections Walleye Derby organized by Dennis Baker of Clemons. more »»

Taking care of your delicious fish

August 16, 2014 Summer and early fall are excellent times to target panfish. Anglers all over Iowa are catching bluegills and crappies to take home and enjoy them for a meal. more »»

Wild turkey nests successful this year

August 9, 2014 WILD TURKEYS are making it through another nesting seaso. more »»

Iowa State Fair’s DNR exhibit always a big attraction

August 2, 2014 STATE FAIR time kicks off next week on August 7 for its annual 10-day Run. If the weather cooperates, about 100,000 people per day will pass through the gate. more »»

Otter Creek Marsh a valuable asset

July 26, 2014 OTTER CREEK MARSH is a state wildlife management area located adjacent to the Iowa River east of the Tama/Toledo area of Tama County. more »»

Money for Conservation

July 19, 2014 MONEY for CONSERVATION, as one can imagine, is a cost that is not chea. more »»

Izaak Walton League heritage continues locally

July 12, 2014 IZAAK WALTON lived a long time ago. However, his writings and his vision for assemblies of like-minded people to care for the land carry on today just as strong as ever. more »»

Adapt to Mother Nature at her pace

July 5, 2014 There was no mistaking the effects of too much rain last week. The IOWA RIVER is high, fast and dangerous. The crest happened at 3 a.m. on Wednesday at 22. more »»

Wetlands recharged good for wildlife

June 28, 2014 The IOWA RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA contains 485 acres in a combination of upland with grass cover, upland oak hickory forests and bottomland cottonwood, maple stands. more »»

 
 
 

 

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