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Outdoors Today

Hummingbirds ready to leave the nest

HUMMINGBIRDS, RUBY-THROATED are our only common hummingbird east of the Rocky Mountains which we are likely to see. There may be other species of hummingbirds observed in Iowa on very rare occasions, but one can bet that those odds are poor. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are common. These little ...

A river’s curvy course

DROUGHT-LIKE conditions occur periodically, to be followed years later by excess rain fall events, and all become intertwined with “normal” years when a stream like the Iowa River does not flood. All seems well if the river water levels stays below bank full. It is to be expected that ...

Nectar everywhere…and insects will find it

INSECTS are plentiful, sometimes a pest, however for the most part are underappreciated for the good things they do. If us humans like to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods, we must acknowledge the role beneficial insects play in creating those foods. Three-fourths of the world’s plant ...

Wildlife is always a big attraction

The EASTERN WILD TURKEY has populated the entire Iowa River valley woodlands and fields throughout Marshall County. And many of the tributary streams to the Iowa River, namely these waterways known as creeks: Linn; North, Middle and South Timber, Honey, Mud, Middle and Little Minerva, Asher, ...

Looking at the land from above

I begin this column with a big thank you to Mike Stegmann, director of the Marshall County Conservation Board, for filling in as a guest writer last week. Even I take vacations periodically so it is nice to have a fill-in option that allows the readers of Outdoors Today to never miss a beat. ...

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 ...