Owl Pellet (Close) - Image 542824 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-22-19

  Do It Again Kristy One year ago today Kristy found her first snowy owl on a telephone pole west of town. Her find came only a couple of months after I had found one at Sweet Marsh. That we both found snowy owls during the same winter was amazing. Unfortunately, neither of us have …

Snowy Owl - No, Plastic Bag in Field - Image 482096 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-25-18

  Plastic Bag Syndrome After the past couple/few months of the snowy owl irruption in Iowa, serious birdwatchers across the state are being afflicted with “Plastic Bag Syndrome.” This situation occurs when people either intentionally or accidentally allow their plastic bags to blow across the landscape rather than properly recycling or disposing of them.    …

Snowy Owl on Utility Pole - Image 481913 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-23-18

  A Great Surprise and The Rivers are Trying To Come Alive! Who would have imagined that I would find a snowy owl last November and Kristy would find snowy owl last night! That is exactly what happened. As Kristy was driving home she spotted a snowy owl on a utility pole west of Tripoli. …

Snow Goose with Canada Geese - Image 476652 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-30-17

  The Importance of Fleeting Moments (or very special days) The past few days have prompted a personal review of the immediate details (finding a snowy owl) and the bigger picture (how does such an opportunity happen and what does it mean, if anything)? While I would like to divide the two, they are very …

Snowy Owl in Bremer County - Image 476301 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-29-17

  A Special Day With A Snowy Owl Words cannot express my gratitude to the Good Lord for once again guiding me to be in the right place at the right time. Thank you!          Last night when I left the snowy owl it was on a muskrat mound quite deep into …

Snowy Owl at Sweet Marsh - Image 475136 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-28-17

  Our Snowy Owl Visitor is Gun Shy After being surprised to walk up on a snowy owl yesterday, I went out to look for it again today. I assumed it would be in the area, but had no assurance until I actually saw it. Unlike yesterday, today the snowy owl was a few hundred …

Snowy Owl at Sweet Marsh - Image 474825 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-27-17

  Those Species Don’t Belong in the Same Sentence Nobody can tell me the Good Lord does not put a person where they are supposed to be. Three times today I saw things that few others, if anyone, witnessed. Let me explain what happened. First I spotted an adult bald eagle in the top of …

Snowy Owl Tribute - Image 415184 (mono/NIK)

Kip’s Comments 2-14-17

  Meaningful Experiences Every now and then I have days overflowing with satisfying experiences in nature. Sometimes one interaction is the limit. Other days, like today, I am blessed with multiple interesting wildlife involvements. As I thought about how to put into words and images all that occurred today, I thought I would make it …

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 413825

Kip’s Comments 2-6-17

  A Meaningful Experience – Birding With Mom Interactions with nature are good for the soul. Troubling thoughts seem to vanish in the presence of wildlife. Complicated decisions are non-existent, even if for a little while, when you are close to God’s creatures.       As Mom and I were returning from a trip …

Pen-raised Pheasant With Blinder/Peeper - Image 349327 (close)

Kip’s Comments 12-26-15

  I Learned Something Today, And Now Have A Couple of Questions and a Thought After today’s freezing rain ended and a little time passed to allow the road treatments to work in Howard County, I went looking for a snowy owl. My travels took me up and down familiar gravel roads, many covered in …