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Bison remain historical icons of American wildlife

May 14, 2011 BISON are one of the iconic symbols of America. more »»

New life each spring: A testament to the struggle to survive

May 7, 2011 There are lots of new wildlife critters, feathered or furry kinds, making their way into the spring season. more »»

Woodland flowers welcome spring

April 30, 2011 SPRING BEAUTY wildflowers are nice to look at. And if insects know anything at all about survival for their species, it is apparent that lots of six legged critters know what tastes good. more »»

Iowa connections at P&Y national convention

April 23, 2011 The POPE & YOUNG CLUB is just one of many fine conservation organizations that a person can join and support. This scribe is proud to be a Pope & Young member. more »»

Red fire equals green prairies

April 16, 2011 FIRE is a natural resource management tool. Fire used correctly at the right time and right place assists in killing off woody vegetation. more »»

Living with wildlife

April 9, 2011 WILDLIFE of many species are either on nests, have young or soon will give birth to a new crop of critters. It is nature’s way of keeping itself going year after year. more »»

Deer forecasts for 2011-12 season are being formulated

April 2, 2011 CITY DEER hunts are going well despite some severe cold weather last winter that kept archers away. Plus deer have adapted to moving to areas where deer hunting pressure is less. more »»

Refuge systems are ‘Stepping Stones’ for wildlife

March 26, 2011 SNOW GEESE will be the topic of an informative program this coming Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Conservation Center at the GrimesFarm. more »»

Ducks Unlimited honors youth

March 19, 2011 DUCKS UNLIMITED (DU) puts money into the coffer for wetland conservation efforts. more »»

Trumpeter Swans are majestic migrators

March 12, 2011 TRUMPETER SWANS are huge waterfowl. They are five feet long, have a seven foot wingspan and adult males weigh about 28 pounds. more »»

Countdown to spring well underway

March 5, 2011 Winter keeps hanging on. Yuck. Spring is getting close. more »»

Whitetails rule this weekend at the Classic

February 26, 2011 This is the IOWA DEER CLASSIC weekend in Des Moines. With well over 20,000 people coming through the doors, this show speaks well for the interest associated with whitetail deer. more »»

Quail add spice of life to winter scene

February 19, 2011 BOBWHITE QUAIL (Colinus virginianus) are neat little ground dwellers critters that are native to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. more »»

Just waiting for spring

February 12, 2011 All of us are waiting for spring. At least six more weeks of wintery weather must be endured. Such is life in the midwest. more »»

Blizzards test the capacity of wildlife

February 5, 2011 WINTER attacked with a vengeance this week. It was a little reminder to people that Mother Nature always calls the shots. She wins, we must adap. more »»

Local receives state PF award 

January 29, 2011 PHEASANTS FOREVER has lots of volunteers throughout the entire spectrum of its Chapters all over the USA. Locally, we have a winner in our midst. more »»

Winter birds, wildlife worth watching 

January 22, 2011 The PILEATED WOODPECKER is the big bird of the woodpecker variety.  Only its very rare (possibly extinct) cousin, the Ivory-billed woodpecker is larger. Pileateds are approximately 16. more »»

Turtle named Crunch didn’t disappoint

January 15, 2011 There are turtles and then there are really big turtles. more »»

Wildlife and a camera, a great excuse to get outside 

January 8, 2011 Wildlife observations are always a special treat for this author. more »»

Frost seeding works to restore prairie 

January 1, 2011 HAPPY NEW YEAR. Only 364 days left until 2012 arrives.  So get ready for another great year in the great outdoors.  What a contrast: dispersing seeds onto the snow ... more »»

 
 

 

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