Canoeing at Sweet Marsh - Image 509216 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-17-18

  Reflections on Father’s Day Over the years I have been fortunate to celebrate a good number of Father’s Day holidays. Each is memorable for its own merit, but a couple really stand out.    Back in 1994 our family enjoyed a long vacation tent camping in the Great Smoky Mountains. On Father’s Day we …

Female Wood Duck with Young on Log - Image 509127 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-16-18

  Pay it Forward and Did Anyone Else See Her? I’ve heard about it and I’ve read about it, but until tonight I had not been the recipient of a “Pay it Forward” gesture. Let me tell you what happened.    As I was driving home from Cedar Falls, Kristy and I talked about how …

Canada Goose Goslings at Silver Lake Park - Image 508944 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-11-18

  Killing Time  A family member and I spent some time in Rochester, Minnesota today. Since medical tests and doctor consultations were hours apart, we spent time checking out area parks. We spent the most time at Silver Lake, a park known for its giant Canada goose population.    While I am a big fan …

Snapping Turtle - Image 508927 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-10-18

  Wildlife on an Anniversary Date Ten years ago today was the peak of the Flood of 2008 for Bremer County. Especially hard-hit was the City of Waverly. I found it ironic that on the anniversary date of our big flood I was again doing damage assessments after heavy rains over the past day or …

Eastern Kingbird on Fence - Image 508734 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-9-18

  Putting at Ease Recently there have been discussions about ticks on the Sweet Water Trail. I have heard reports of many seen at one time in the same spot. Today I was asked about it, so I went to the specific location to confirm (or not) what was present.  Hopefully to the relief of …

Adult Bald Eagle in Soybeans - Image 508613 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-8-18

  Whew…Nothing To Worry About When I see bald eagles, especially adult bald eagles, on the ground close to the road and not moving away when traffic is present, I begin to get concerned. Are they injured? Might the birds be suffering the effects of lead poisoning? Has something caught them and they cannot fly …

Snapping Turtle With Large Fish On Wapsipinicon River - Image 508541 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-7-18

  Always Watching I am often asked how I see some of the things I do. The answer to that question comes in two parts. Part 1 is that the Good Lord puts me in positions to see things. Part 2 is that I am always watching for something unusual or out of the ordinary.  …

Eastern Meadowlark on Power Line - Image 508253 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-4-18

  A Little of Everything Once again life is posing challenges… medical treatments, medical decisions, time management, do this, don’t do that. When so much is happening at the same time, even the act of getting out into nature is not easy. Today my outings were very short, but productive. Interestingly, there were no common …

Killdeer Eggs at Sweet Marsh - Image 508198 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-3-18

  Getting Warmer This evening Kristy and I rode our bicycles to Sweet Marsh via the Sweet Water Trail. Our journey was at a comfortable pace and a nice outing. Once we arrived at the Wapsipinicon River, we decided to ride the dikes at Sweet Marsh to view the repairs being made to the dike …

Sick Raccoon - Image 507946 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-2-18

  Sick Neighborhood Visitor While working out in the yard this morning, before the rain, I noticed a good-sized raccoon walking in circles, lying down, then standing up and walking in circles again. I contacted officials and the situation was quickly remedied.      Sick animals happen in the wild all of the time. When …