Nature Walk: Fox Sparrows

Fox Sparrow

“In autumn Fox sparrows migrate south from their breeding territory in northern boreal forests through the central states. They are somewhat larger than song sparrows, which have similar markings, but are brick red instead of dark brown. Most appear to precede winter weather in their migration and are generally uncommon in mid-winter. Like their finch relatives cardinals and grosbeaks they are seed eaters.” – Carl Kurtz

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this photo or requesting information on possible use of any of our “Nature Walk” photographs, please contact Carl Kurtz at cpkurtz@netins.net. View our other Nature Walk posts!

Adam_Author_Banner

INHF Communications team welcomes Joe Jayjack

Joe JayjackJoin INHF in welcoming Joe Jayjack, INHF’s new Communications Specialist. Joe will assist our Director of Communications, Hannah Inman, with media, including social media, Iowa Natural Heritage quarterly magazine, member email and other duties. He is also responsible for maintenance and upgrades for INHF’s website and supervising INHF’s communications intern. Continue reading

Women Food and Agriculture Network Conference

Karen W2

Karen Washington presenting at the conference. *Photo courtesy of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network Facebook page.

On November 14th and 15th, Mary Runkel, INHF’s Volunteer Coordinator, and Andrea Piekarczyk, INHF’s Program and Development Assistant, attended the Women Food and Agriculture Conference with about 400 other guests from around the nation. A majority of the attendees were farmers and landowners who were interested in organic and sustainable farming. Continue reading

Nature Walk: Hoarfrost

Hoarfrost -Winter Stream

“Moving water in small streams freezes as temperatures near zero degrees Fahrenheit. When the air is supersaturated (has a high dew point) and combined with below freezing temperatures crystals form on the ice surface and objects which are imbedded in the ice such as leaves or small branches. Under just the right circumstances crystals can grow in layers through a process known as constructive metamorphism and gradually increase in size. On occasion I have seen them attain the size of dinner plates on the ice of open lakes.” -Carl Kurtz

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this photo or requesting information on possible use of any of our “Nature Walk” photographs, please contact Carl Kurtz at cpkurtz@netins.net. View our other Nature Walk posts!

Adam_Author_Banner

Nature Walk: Crow Families

Thanksgiving Crows

“Crows are gregarious birds with social ties to family groups or closely related individuals. One study found that the average group size was seven individuals, however you can often see two or three individuals sitting huddled close together. Siblings from pervious years often help care for young birds after hatching. Many crows migrate into cities during the winter where they roost in bare trees. Daily the birds stream out to forage in fields, or perhaps check out a fast food dumpster.” -Carl Kurtz

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this photo or requesting information on possible use of any of our “Nature Walk” photographs, please contact Carl Kurtz at cpkurtz@netins.net. View our other Nature Walk posts!

Adam_Author_Banner