Monthly Archives: March 2014

Day of Insects

Yesterday I attended the sixth annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa.  This event pulls together people from all over who have a general interest in insect conservation.  Since it is at Reiman gardens, we also get … Continue reading

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Indian Hemp

Indian hemp, Apocynum cannabinum, grows wild in our ditches.  It has a seed pod that is long and skinny and opens to release seeds that blow away with the wind. It looks kind of milkweedy–in fact it is closely related … Continue reading

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Blue Sky and Clouds

We don’t get days like today too often.  Brilliant blue sky and puffy clouds.  Typical of cool (but not cold) spring or fall days.  I grabbed my camera when I got home from work. I am out of shape and … Continue reading

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The Prophylactic use of Pesticides

Many decades ago I went to college at Iowa State University.  One of the issues we talked about in my biology classes was “the prophylactic use of antibiotics.”  Back in the late 1970’s there were professors at this agricultural school … Continue reading

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