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Bass in the grass

August 23, 2013 The hot months of summer can provide excellent fishing, if you can focus on certain areas of lakes, rivers and ponds. Today’s information will be focused on the latter of that list, ponds. more »»

Native plants a virtual pharmacy if we can learn to understand how they work

August 17, 2013 PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER are neat plants. more »»

Colo Bogs a remnant of glacial ice 

August 10, 2013 COLO BOGS has been known for decades as a wetland complex a few miles west of State Center. This area of land is relatively flat to slightly undulating in topography. more »»

Lake improvements pay long run dividends

August 3, 2013 GREEN CASTLE is getting a lot of attention from the MCCB staff this summer. As you may already be aware, water levels in the lake continue to go down slowly with the aid of a siphon system. more »»

Conservation Center a special place

July 27, 2013 CONSERVATION education is the emphasis of its being. The Conservation Center will be 10 years old this fall. more »»

Time is running out — take your kids fishing

July 27, 2013 Area schools are set to go back in the middle of August this year, and that does not leave a lot of time to take a kid fishing. more »»

Green Castle lake renovations continue

July 20, 2013 FISHERIES MANAGEMENT can be complicated exercise to balance various fish species populations. more »»

Goldeneye duck on new stamp

July 13, 2013 The COMMON GOLDENEYE, (Bucephala clangula americana), is named for the yellow iris of its eye, a very distinctive detail of identification. more »»

Prairies are subtle but amazing

July 6, 2013 The citizens of Marshall County are very fortunate to have a wide variety of natural habitats conserved within our borders. more »»

Take time to smell the roses

June 29, 2013 The WILD ROSE is a neat flower. Even though there are several species of this ‘rose’, the wild prairie rose, Rosa pratincola, is usually cited as the official flower. more »»

Welcome summer, let’s go fishing

June 22, 2013 KIDS FISHING IS FUN, especially when guaranteed catching is the name of the game. more »»

Six new cygnets at Green Castle

June 15, 2013 TRUMPETER SWANS seem to have made a great comeback from the brink of extinction. Prior to settlement, these swans, Cygnus buccinator, nested throughout the state. more »»

Big Fishin’

June 8, 2013 KIDS FISHING for fun is an exciting time. Even more exciting is what happens after a fish bites hard on the bait that has been presented. more »»

The flood of 2013

June 8, 2013 Central Iowa has been blasted with rain for the past two weeks. This caused every stream, creek and river in the area to overflow and caused mass chaos. more »»

Flood is Mother Nature trump card

June 1, 2013 The IOWA RIVER rose up to demand our full attention this past week.  It would have been hard for anybody to not feel the influence of too much rain falling in very short periods of time. more »»

Sporting Clays

May 25, 2013 In the REAL WORLD of wing shooting for quail, pheasant, grouse or waterfowl, the birds never flush from cover exactly where one might expect and fly a course that offers an “easy” shoot opportunity. more »»

Spring is alive with color

May 18, 2013 SPRING is alive with color. And lately this scribe has been seeing lots of color. more »»

Louisiana men found guilty of poaching Iowa deer

May 18, 2013 RED OAK — Four Louisiana men were found guilty of poaching Iowa deer from a case that started when someone made a call to the Turn in Poachers hotline. more »»

River a magnet for migrating birds

May 11, 2013 CORMORANTS are not that common locally except when they migrate and have stopovers at local watering holes. Today’s photo was one of several images captured recently. more »»

Take a kid fishing

May 11, 2013 I have always said, the next best thing to catching a fish is watching a kid catch a fish. If you have ventured out with a child in recent years for a fishing adventure, you know exactly what I mea. more »»

 
 

 

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