Young Bullfrogs in Hand - Image 661124 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-8-20

  You Are Going the Wrong Way Little Ones Our many days of unseasonably mild weather, while very nice for us, is confusing local reptiles and many amphibians. With each passing warm day I am seeing more and more small frogs along the edges of our local wetland. Normally our frogs and toads would be …

Cardinal Flower and Asters - Image 653690 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-20-20

  A Bird Friendly Community Because of Habitat The City of Tripoli is considering a project to earn “Bird Friendly Community” designation. The requirements are not terribly difficult, yet they are challenging enough that every city cannot simply fill in paperwork and earn the recognition. There is work to be done if a community wishes …

Trumpeter Swans in Flight at Sweet Marsh - Image 617530 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-27-20

  Ending With More Beautiful Swan Song  Shortly after sunrise I began my morning walk around Sweet Marsh. Expecting the day to be busy, I knew I needed to get out early if I was going to get out at all. So, early it was, even though it meant I was hiking with a camera …

Trumpeter Swans at Sweet Marsh - Image 617022 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-25-20

  Trumpeter Swans at Sweet Marsh  Early on this dark and dreary day I went for a walk around Sweet Marsh. My reward for the effort was nearly an hour watching a pair of trumpeter swans as they fed and preened. The swans remained in the shallow pond after I left the area. Listen near …

Barred Owls at Sweet 616451 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-24-20

  One Day – Two Parts Due to many duties associated with COVID-19, my photography time lately is split between early before work and after work. A person might think that would give you a decent chance at blue skies, but apparently not at the current time. Both morning and evening photo shoots were done …

River Otter at Sweet 616324 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-22-20

  Early Spring Wildlife at Sweet Marsh Ever wonder if the good Lord supports worthwhile efforts? I learned again today that if I follow where I am led, I will be provided for. Case in point – I had an urge today to hike an area I visit only a few times a year. As …

Sandhill Crane at Sweet Marsh - Image 614548 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-15-20

  They Are Here With More Over the past few weeks I have been asked several times about sandhill cranes at Sweet Marsh. People are interested to know if enough cranes stop at the marsh to make a visit worth the effort. People also ask how easy it is to see the sandhill cranes. Based …

Trumpeter Swan in Flight in Snow at Sweet Marsh - Image 614102 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-14-20

  Looking for Sounds, Cherishing the Experience Yesterday I mentioned I planned to paddle my kayak today, assuming the overnight temperatures did not drop so low that ice would form on what open water there was. Even though the temperature was below freezing when I left home, I gambled that the water has still open …

Canvasback in Flight - Image 613536 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-8-20

  And the Sky Was Full After months of quiet in the sky over Sweet Marsh, today was just the opposite as my granddaughter and I walked around it. At seven-years old she was not quite as excited as her grandpa was to see so much avian activity as the spring migration is upon us.  …

Sandhill Crane in Flight - Image 613435 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-7-20

  True Colors This afternoon my granddaughter and i shared a brief but productive wildlife watch near Sweet Marsh. For the past several days I have been expecting to see the first sandhill cranes of 2020 in the Sweet Marsh area. During our wildlife watch we found one close and in good positions to photograph. …