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Outdoors Today

Winter wildlife wonders

Our American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is now a common winter, spring, summer or fall sighting for anyone interested in watching the sky or tree lines. A large bodied bird sitting on a tree branch always deserves a second look. And if the location lends itself to the making of a ...

Wildlife endure winter’s long cold season

Winter can be a difficult time for wildlife survival. Yet Mother Nature has provided every species that remains in cold country with adaptations to make it through a long cold winter. Adaptations include accumulated fat layers from which nutrients can be pulled as needed. By springtime, fat ...

An eagle’s eye view of the land

To see what an eagle sees sometimes requires a method of becoming airborne just like the big predatory bird. Us humans have to resort to aircraft to do so. Flying offers the opportunity to view the land below from an entirely new perspective. Things we are familiar with from ground level ...

Natural moments await us in 2023

House finches are a sparrow sized bird, with typical sparrow-like coloration on its back and sides. However, the head and chest of male House finches are quite distinct. This finch species was originally a bird associated with western United States and Mexico. In 1940, a small number ...

Conservationists’ Christmas stories

The First Christmas By JOHN GARWOOD It was a clear, cold and starlight night. A blanket of the whitest snow bedded down the valley of the Iowa ... there were no lights from farms or villages ... because there were no farms of villages ... it was ‘most two thousand years ago! Like the ...

The attraction of bridges

Bridges, whether on roadways, or nature trails, assist in the way people get from point A to point B. We tend to take them for granted until one breaks, is destroyed, or causes inconvenience when it takes a long time to construct a replacement. Bridges across the Iowa River are hugely important ...