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Mallards make marshland splash dance

March 30, 2013 MALLARDS are this week’s featured critter. more »»

Anglers take season’s last adventure on the ice

March 30, 2013 I think everyone in Central Iowa would agree that this winter has been a very unusual one. Back in December I was just hoping to go ice fishing, which happened for the first time on Dec. 24. more »»

Just add water — birds will come

March 23, 2013 MIGRATION is an unstoppable happening. Waterfowl have been flying south in the fall for eons of time. more »»

Birds know spring will arrive soon

March 16, 2013 PHEASANTS are far from going away. These hardy birds can take a lot of abuse from man or adverse weather. more »»

Changing lives one arrow at a time

March 9, 2013 NATIONAL ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAMS are a big hit with the kids. And a big hit with teachers. And a big hit with parents for a host of reasons. more »»

Predator-prey: Standard procedure in nature

March 2, 2013 COOPER’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) are fast fliers. When flying through thick stands of timber in pursuit of prey, it has the ability to dodge tree branches skillfully. Medium sized birds, look out. more »»

Glacial ice map tells interesting history

February 23, 2013 GLACIERS don’t just happen without a cause. Likewise, they do not melt into retreat without powerful cosmic influences way beyond the scope of the average human being to understand. more »»

Anglers: Use extreme caution on the ice

February 23, 2013 It may be the end of February, but ice anglers are still catching fish through the ice. more »»

Wildlife banquet season in full swing

February 16, 2013 DEER are still on the minds of hunters. Last fall’s experiences are still vividly etched into their memory bank. more »»

Otters thriving in Iowa

February 9, 2013 RIVER OTTERS are more common than we think. Being a mostly nocturnal animal, seeing one is not likely but possible. They like to eat fish, invertebrates or anything that swims slower than they do. more »»

White Bison is a unique treat

February 2, 2013 A WHITE BISON is unusual. I’ve seen a mounted specimen in a museum in Helena, Mont. more »»

Taking youth ice fishing

February 2, 2013 Last weekend I had the privilege to introduce about a dozen youth to the sport of ice fishing. I called upon my team of ice angling friends to lend a han. more »»

Chickadee Check-off is a great cause

January 26, 2013 There is no escaping the fact that all the various forms of income to the Iowa DNR for all of its legislated functions are under intense financial pressure. more »»

Beyond ‘magical hour’ — great ice fishing happens at night

January 26, 2013 The air is crisp, the moon looms above, and the ice is making noises you have never heard in your life. I am describing some of the things your senses pick up on when fishing after dark. more »»

A woodpecker as big as a crow

January 19, 2013 PILEATED WOODPECKERS (Dryocopus pileatus) are big birds that do draw attention to themselves. They are not particularly common for us in central Iowa, but they do call our mature forest areas home. more »»

An Iowa snow scorpion?

January 12, 2013 SNOW and ICE can be shaped by the wind into some very art-like creations. more »»

Ice fishing in full swing

January 12, 2013 The weather has been delightful as of late, and local ice anglers have been taking advantage of some good ice fishing opportunities. more »»

The long wait is over for ice anglers

January 5, 2013 Right around the Dec. 25 ice anglers in the area were given their holiday gift — thick ice. more »»

Iowa’s deer take exceeds 103,000

January 5, 2013 DEER hunting seasons are still in effect for late muzzle loader and the soon to start late antlerless deer season between Jan. 11-20 in select southern and western Iowa counties. more »»

HAPPY NEW YEAR almost here

December 29, 2012 Christmas trees are about to be dismantled. Ornaments will be tucked away for another year. more »»



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