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Outdoors Today

Waterfowl by the millions at Loess Bluffs NWR

A waterfowl migration spectacle is underway right now along the Missouri River bottomlands and wetlands of northwest Missouri. One of the best places is called Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. This scribe has traveled there several times, not every year, but at any time I have been ...

Spring getting closer, but winter is not over

Warmer than typical early February weather has made a mark for some wildlife critters. For birds that migrate, great flocks of snow geese can be found in concentrated areas such at the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, as I talked about last week. The geese are feeling the urge of ...

Trumpeter Swans check out Hendrickson Marsh

Trumpeter Swans are big. One could say they are huge. Both terms are descriptive and correct. With wingspans of six feet, their muscles have to power their 20 plus pound bodies over the water surface while outstretched wings create the lift to make flight possible. They do that job quite ...

Wild Game Supper open invite for Feb. 7

The local Izaak Walton League has several special events during each calendar year. It could be clay bird shoots, hunter safety courses, club house rentals and special firearms competitions. From time to time special speakers are arranged to visit about conservation issues and how the Ikes ...

Eagles feast on deer

Bald eagles are regal birds, very big birds and as birds of prey, offer opportunities to observe how they go about their struggles in life to survive. They eat fish primarily if they are using open water habitat below river dams. Lake Red Rock is just one such place to view eagles all winter ...

Hunting season begins to close out

Pheasants are survivors. They are hardy and can make due in many circumstances of winter weather events. What they need are good winter cover habitats for protection from weather and predators, food sources. What they do not need are freezing rain systems to coat the ground with ice or make ...