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Photo of the Week – July 18, 2013

We had a terrific field day last week – thanks to the more than 100 people who came out to explore our Platte River Prairies with us. There were two neat wildlife discoveries during the day.  The first came when … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – November 1, 2012

On Wednesday, our staff was out enjoying some beautiful fall weather and harvesting the last of our prairie seeds for the season.  Walking along a gravel lane, we found a small snake basking in the sun.  I didn’t recognize it, … Continue reading

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It’s Spring for Snakes

The temperature topped 80 degrees F today in the Platte River Prairies.  I heard a frog plop into the water as I walked along a wetland edge.  Red-winged blackbirds were defending territories.  …and apparently red-sided garter snakes were feeling the spring … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – March 2, 2012

Meet Henry.  Henry is a very small softshell turtle that spent a few days at our house in late August, 2010.  I’m not sure what Henry thought of the ordeal, but our family sure enjoyed having him.  He even went … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – October 14, 2011

Back in June of this year, I went up to The Nature Conservancy’s Broken Kettle Grasslands in northwest Iowa for a meeting on prescribed fire.  As we were starting a field tour, a group of us was walking from the parking … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Traveler

My sons and I were at our family’s prairie and farm this weekend.  At one point, we noticed that the cattle seemed agitated and were making a lot of noise and milling around.  We walked up to see what was … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 27, 2011

Ring-necked snakes are small and slender snakes that are fairly common throughout many habitats – but not often seen.  This one squirted out from beneath a cedar tree I was cutting down last weekend. Ring-necked snakes are nocturnal snakes that … Continue reading

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