Friday, July 19, 2013

Midwest Nature Quote of the Week

Prairie watching is addictive. The diversity on the landscape, from shoetop to horizon, holds one’s attention to the exclusion of the passing of time and matters of pressing concern. Studying the prairie is satisfying, especially aesthetically, but also intellectually. Reading the landscape through the species present, observing the season of bloom, deciphering the structure of the flowers, recognizing the visiting pollinators, investigating the size and shape of seeds, and experiencing the thrill of germinating seedlings are all part of getting to know prairies.

Paul Christiansen and Mark Müller, An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Further Reflections: Auctioning off a lifetime of memories isn't easy

Nice article by future U of Iowa Press author/photographer, Kurt Ullrich. Come meet him and us at the Iowa State Fair on opening day, August 8!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Iowa Nature Calendar: July 17

July heat triggers the hatching of millions of short-lived mayflies along the Mississippi; their remains often have to be shoveled from streets and sidewalks in Dubuque and other river towns.

The Iowa Nature Calendar by Jean Prior & James Sandrock

Monday, July 15, 2013

Great article about flooding

Raptor of the Week: Broad-Winged Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk
Buteo platypterus

This midsize buteo is a common migrant but a rare nester in Iowa. During
migration, it can move in large flocks of two to three thousand birds or more.
It nests sparsely across the state, usually in deep woodlands. Iowa birds are
gone by mid to late October and are virtually unknown in the state after that.

The Raptors of Iowa , paintings by James F. Landenberger