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Outdoors Today

Summer is for the bugs

The old saying that something “is for the birds” usually means that something is useless. For those who know me know that I am a cold weather type of person, give me shoveling snow over mowing grass any day. With that said, I humorously twist this old saying into “summer is for the ...

Two favorites out of thousands

RETIREMENT? I was asked again recently, which is A-okay, how goes retirement? A quick answer is .... it is way ahead of whatever is in second place. Of course I did have a professional conservation working career of 32 years as the Director of the Marshall County Conservation Board. That was ...

Water and wildlife at Arney Bend

BEAVER (Castor canadensis) are one of our common species of wildlife, seldom seen due to their underwater wandering and propensity to conduct activities at night time. The evidence of their existence can be seen by humans during daytime excursions into a place like the Arney Bend Wildlife Area. ...

Africa bow hunt: Fantastic adventure

FRICA is a huge continent, at least four times larger than the United States. It is a very diverse land mass containing 121 intricate mosaics of terrestrial ecoregions identified by biologists and botanists. Obviously the expanse of habitat types from the Sahara desert to mountainous ...

One fish, two fish, catfish

Public recreational bodies of water in Marshall County come at a premium. Three such areas exist — Green Castle Recreation Area, Sand Lake and the Iowa River. Four public access points to the Iowa River are available — Forest Reserve, Timmons Grove, Furrow Access and Three Bridges. ...

Old mossyback, a snapper with attitude

SNAPPING TURTLES are out and about, getting on with their Mother Nature assigned duties of living and trying to bring about a new generation of turtles. These impressive animals look mean and yes, they mean business. They are superbly capable of defending themselves from any predator who gets ...