Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal - Image 651588 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-11-20

  Moist Turkeys, Wood Ducks, and a Blue-winged Teal After nearly a week of steady rain, I can only imagine our wildlife is getting hungry. Maybe not though, perhaps the rain has not slowed their regular activities. Wildlife tends be much more tenacious than we mortal humans. I suppose my concern is based, in part, …

Wood Duck - Image 622623 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-17-20

  The Value of A Puddle This is the time of year when many of the areas of water, especially the smaller ponds or even large puddles, are hosting waterfowl. Since this is the nesting season, waterfowl are establishing or attempting to establish nests where ever possible. Often the birds will select areas that hold …

Central Newt - Image 558787 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-23-19

  An Interesting Morning With Wildlife I had only a brief amount of time to spend with wildlife this morning. In that short amount of time I saw a variety of species. I think I made pretty good use of the time!                           …

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Image 429172 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-9-17

  Worth The Effort and A Great Marsh Migration Outing The relentless wind that has been pounding us from the south has brought outdoor temperatures up, but has caused some problems at Sweet Marsh, at least for some of us. Many people do not realize that many of the cattails at Sweet Marsh are not …

Greater White-fronted Geese in Front of Moon - Image 428467 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-6-17

  Bald Eagle Update – Random Birds and an Observation Bald Eagle (Inga) Update – Today’s bald eagle update is more good than bad, I hope. The bald eagle is standing more, but tires when it receives its treatments. That is good news. A huge unknown remains as we wait for the lab results to …

Broken Canada Goose Egg - Image 427921 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-5-17

  Bald Eagle Update – Paddling Slowly Bald Eagle (Inga) Update – The bald eagle rescued from along the Cedar River in Bremer County remains in critical condition. The good news is that the bird is now beginning to hold its head up (after a couple of days of  intensive treatment). The bad news is …

Female Black Scoter - Image 426668 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-3-17

  Bald Eagle Update and A Life Bird I Almost Forgot I wish I had good news to share about the bald eagle Jim, Mike, and I rescued yesterday, but I do not, other than that the bird is still alive. Since yesterday the eagle has been treated for presumed lead poisoning. It will be …

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Image 378953

Kip’s Comments 5-11-16

  Another New Visitor For the Year and a Growing Baby In the last day or two several migratory bird species have stopped in our backyard to eat sunflower seeds, thistle seeds, cracked corn, or grape jelly. The ovenbird seen yesterday was a pleasant surprise. A number of other birds are expected to appear in …

Rue Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 368960

Kip’s Comments 4-11-16

  Vacation – Use It or Lose It! Springtime poses an interesting challenge to me. Some will not understand; I hope others do. I really like and appreciate my job, at least most of the time. Sometimes I like it too much. For the last few years I have not used all of my earned …

Northern Shoveler at Sunrise - Image 311095

Kip’s Comments 4-12-15

  And Then There Was Wind Mother Nature, or the Good Lord, or whoever controls the wind certainly can change the plans of a fellow. When I woke this morning to a dramatic sky filled with rich colors and “hit and miss” clouds, I thought for sure it would be a great day for paddling. …