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Outdoors Today

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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 ...

Bug catchers of two different kinds

To start off this weekend’s Outdoors Today adventure into natural history, I have picked two small but mighty creatures, one that flys and one that keeps its sticky suction cup toes on the ground, or on tree bark or tree branches. I hope you enjoy this brief exploration into and among some of ...