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Outdoors Today

Grosbeaks light up our spring season

Rose-breasted grosbeaks (pheucticus ludovicianus) lead off today’s adventure into things wild and free. It is hard to pass up the colorful feather patterns of the male with his bold white chest, with red chevron under a black head. In flight, his color pattern will draw your eye because of ...

Gifts of spring: wildflowers and mushrooms

Springtime is most welcome to everyone. After a long cold winter, we all can bask in the warmth of the spring season, appreciate new plant and animal life, look forward to planting season for farmland or garden areas, and even appreciate those mundane tasks of mowing lawns. At this time of year ...

Geology and fossils — all great vacation destinations

Summer vacation destinations can be close to home, within Iowa’s borders, surrounding states, the nation, or the world. Whatever your interest level, there is something for everyone, so let’s take a journey together to investigate places with special scenic, natural history stories to tell, ...

Orioles are colorful May bird arrivals

The month of May has arrived, and with it comes a large assemblage of neotropical birds on their migratory journey northward. When they stop long enough for us humans to observe, we will be greeted with a host of new species and colors on their plumage to fit most categories of the rainbow. ...

Turkey takers are happy 10-year-olds

Spring turkey seasons have begun. Hunters hitting the woodlands and fields in pursuit of bearded (tom) turkeys have been waiting a long time for this special time of the year. Hearing gobbling tom turkeys in their pre-dawn darkness roosts is an impressive sound as their gobbles send ...

White Pelicans make impressive flights

White pelicans (pelecanus erythrorhynchos) will soon be a common sighting, along with other migratory waterfowl, as their large flocks grace the skyline. A huge flock of these birds with eight foot wing spans will readily demonstrate an incredible steadiness to make it appear the ...