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What Happens to Chickens in a Natural Disaster?

What Happens to Chickens in a Natural Disaster?

Clouds darkened in the late morning of August 10, 2020, as a thunderstorm warning was broadcast by radio stations. That’s common during Iowa summers, so we weren’t overly concerned. A half-hour later, a roaring wind engulfed Cedar Rapids. It was a derecho bearing...

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How Do You Prepare for a Derecho?

How Do You Prepare for a Derecho?

Well, you don't. These powerful storms develop quickly from what seems like a "normal" thunderstorm. Even the weather service can be caught off guard as happened Monday, August 10, 2020, as a series of storms developed over Nebraska and swept East rapidly. Gustavus...

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Drought Lessons and Tips for a Green Lawn

Drought Lessons and Tips for a Green Lawn

Iowa normally enjoys about an inch of rain a week during the growing season. Not this year. We haven’t had rain for a month and none is in sight. Droughts have their benefits. Most obvious is the dearth of mosquitoes and gnats that thrive during wet years. Less known...

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Why Is There a Snake in My Garden?

Why Is There a Snake in My Garden?

On a July evening, Rich reached down to pick string beans and was startled to spot a garter snake peering up at him from beneath a plant. We’ve seen the three-foot-long snake many times this year around the yard but it seems to particularly like lounging in shade cast...

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Prairie Renaissance Part Five

Prairie Renaissance Part Five

Learning from the Prairie  Wow. It’s August! We recently completed a management step on the prairie planted in early June. Weeds were outgrowing infant prairie plants that need sunshine. We buzzed off the weeds at the highest setting possible on our battery-powered...

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How We Have Spent Our Time in The Great Pause

How We Have Spent Our Time in The Great Pause

Guest Bloggers Reply Readers offered their activities in The Great Pause. Most were home-centered with some careful forays into society. And, of course, connecting with self and nature. SA: My mother was in a nursing home in Bettendorf. Visitors were prohibited but I...

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Why Do Raccoons Tear Up Feeders?

Why Do Raccoons Tear Up Feeders?

What to Do About Raccoons One June morning we peered out our dining room window to see bird feeder carnage. The shepherd’s hook that holds up suet and seed feeders were bent and the board it was anchored in shattered. The feeders were gone. One we later found in the...

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What To Do About Cats Under the Feeder

What To Do About Cats Under the Feeder

One morning while watching the arrival of spring migrant birds, we were startled and annoyed to see a cat lurking under the feeder seeking a bird victim. We so enjoy the Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, and Indigo Buntings at our feeders. They add diversity to our usual...

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Prairie Renaissance Tools of the Trade

Prairie Renaissance Tools of the Trade

Prairie Seedlings Tuesday, June 2nd was an exciting day. We walked to our 3,000 square foot patch of dirt that, until recently had been a lawn, and spotted bits of feathery green poking through the dirt. They were baby partridge peas, scattered somewhat evenly through...

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What Did You Do In the Great Pause?

What Did You Do In the Great Pause?

We are fully into summer and still pausing as SARS-CoV-2 and the subsequent disease COVID-19 resurges. So, looking back how did you manage from Mid-March through now? What interesting activities did you do? How did you connect with Nature? How did you nurture...

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Why Do You “Shoot” Birds?

Why Do You “Shoot” Birds?

She feeds 'em. I shoot 'em. Guest Bloggers STB Yes, this sounds like a love/hate relationship. But, it is truly pure enjoyment for my wife and me to witness the birds that visit our backyard feeder here in SE Minnesota. Throughout the year a variety of birds comes...

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Who is Mistress Mary?

Another beautiful, blue-sky day. This early morning I am drinking tea and looking out the patio windows. As I enjoy the view of the freshly cut lawn and watch the birds flit about, a bit of busy-ness above the deck catches my attention.  A small, loose clump of grey...

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Scarlet Tanagers

Scarlet Tanagers

We’re lucky. Scarlet tanagers nest near us. Winding Pathways abuts Faulkes Heritage Woods, a protected 110-acre forest of mostly monstrous oak trees. So, every May we’re delighted as this brilliant bird arrives and sets up home. Male scarlet tanagers appear at our...

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