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Outdoors Today

Waterfowl migrating will find water at Hendrickson Marsh

Hendrickson Marsh is one of a series of natural areas that work as stopovers for all kinds of migrating birds, waterfowl, shorebirds and many other small critters. Even birds of prey will filter over this site as fall approaches. From the Minnesota border to the Missouri border, wetland ...

Beware — Some plants are pretty yet deadly

In the realm of natural history subjects that this author finds interesting, which is a huge list, therefore anything Mother Nature offers is fair game. From (A) astronomy to (Z) zebra mussels, and everything in between, life on Earth, now or prehistoric, plant or animal, including the geologic ...

The big fish that did not get away

Summer fishing expeditions are one of those outdoor activities that will weld memories into your gray matter forever. Just ask our local state conservation officer Tyson Brown if the trip was worth it. He will definitely agree it was worth it, for an entire family and friends. Planning for ...

Wildlife in abundance

How many wild critters are there in Iowa? Well, it is impossible to count each individual bird species, insect, reptile, amphibian, mammal, or invertebrate. Biologists focus on habitats where these animals live and are specifically adapted to. To a huge extent, if the habitat is of adequate ...

Low river flow not the lowest

Water in the river is just one measurement, a barometer of sorts, or an indicator we can try to grasp, of how dry the land is after meager rains of this past summer. Has the Iowa River in Marshall County ever been lower? Yes, many times in past centuries and decades. The flip side of that ...

Sizzling summer photo opportunities

August is here, and us humans may prefer some other kind of daily weather that is a touch cooler. Never satisfied, humans can be a vain bunch. How about trying to adapt to daily weather, a good thing, and then when next January arrives with an abnormal cold spell, we can resume complaining ...