Category Archives: land management

The Ledges Sunday

A couple of years ago I wrote about an Iowa state park called The Ledges.  At the time, a road in the park had been closed for a couple of years.  Extensive rains had flooded the park and caused erosion, … Continue reading

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Three Habitats

This summer, I was able to attend a bioblitz at the Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids, Iowa. On one of the field trips we saw three types of habitat typical to Iowa.  We traveled through the first two to find … Continue reading

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The Rabbit in the Basement

We have a rabbit living in our basement.   You see, my son was in 4-H a few years ago, and got the rabbit so he could show it in the county fair. I always found the rabbit showing events … 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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Coming to a State Preserve Near You

If you go to Cedar Bluffs State Preserve in Mahaska County, Iowa, and follow the walking trail you will come to a hill with a very steep set of wooden stair steps.  Climb the stairs–by the time you reach the … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 10: Black Hawk on Prairie Fire

After the hostilities known as the “Black Hawk War” were ended, Chief Black Hawk was captured.  He was initially shackled, but later he was treated with more respect.  He was taken on a tour of Eastern cities, probably with the … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, part 9: Prairie Fire

Josiah B. Grinnell was on his deathbed when he finished his autobiography, Men and Events of Forty Years, Autobiographical Reminiscences of an Active Career, 1850 to 1890 .  He asked his longtime friend and Auburn Theological Seminary classmate, Henry W. Parker (the poet who … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 8: Prairie Fire

There is an issue with the management of our postage stamp sized prairies by fire, or “prescribed burning.”  Specifically, many of the butterfly researchers argue that management by prescribed burning has eliminated a number of the prairie obligate butterflies, including Oarisma poweshiek, from … Continue reading

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In Defense of Bioswales

There is a trend among environmentalists to push for something called “daylighting” of storm water flows. That just means that when an area is developed, the storm water is channeled to open ditches rather than through underground pipes–i.e., “storm sewers.”  This … Continue reading

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