Kissing Painted Turtles - Image 709752 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-27-21

  I am Blushing This afternoon, after work, I may have interrupted a romantic moment for two painted turtles. I am wondering if they know that soon their population will either be spending months buried in mud under sheets of ice, or they will die, was the impetus to share what appears to be a …

Painted Turtle on Wapsipinicon River - Image 449944 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-1-17

  Thank You Wapsipinicon River Over the past few days plenty of rain has fallen across our area of Iowa. So much so that the Wapsipinicon River near our cabin quickly rose and spilled out of its bank, and all of this just before the Independence Day holiday. Kristy and I had pretty much written …

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 …