Here are two different Virginia Opossums our Blufflands Program Manager, Brian Fankhauser came across and photographed while doing the annual site inspection of the Jester property in Winneshiek County. Virginia Opossums are the most common opossum species throughout the United States.
This little owl is only eight inches high and hunts at night eating mostly mice. They migrate to Iowa in the winter from Northern Minnesota and Canada and return north in March. This one was found and photographed a couple weeks ago in Ida County by Robert Gillespie.
Our 2015 nature calendars have arrived and are in the mail!
We want to wish all of our members and friends a great Thanksgiving. Thank you all for your support these last 35 years!
Photo credit: Nathan Houck
Andropogon gerardii, commonly known as big bluestem, is a flowering stalk that grows 3-7 inches tall. The tips of the flower stalk closely resembles the foot of a bird, which makes this perennial earn its other nickname, turkeyfoot. This photo was taken around the area of Stone State Park by longtime INHF member, Robert Gillespie of Sioux City.
Winter is coming, but we are already excited for summer blooms. Only seven more months! Monarda, commonly known as bee balm or horsemint, was found on Snyder Heritage Farm in Story County.
Photo credit: Patrick Snell, Mark Ackelson Policy Fellow
INHF is getting in the Halloween spirit. The marbled orbweaver is a frighteningly beautiful spider that lurks in trees, shrubs and grasses along riverbanks and wooded areas.
Fall is winding down. Get outdoors and explore your favorite spots this weekend! Where’s your favorite spot to see fall colors?
Photo credit: Melanie Louis // Soper’s Mill in Story County
Downy gentian is one of the most beautiful fall prairie flowers. It is uncommon on mesic to dry prairies across Iowa, and begins to bloom late August to early October. It most commonly blossoms on a prairie remnant, so now is the time to search for this beauty!
Take a look at the development of Chicken of the Woods over a couple weeks! If you would like more information on this particular fungus, check out our previous Wordless Wednesday post here.
Photo credit: Dustin Hinrichs, Field Coordinator at Trees Forever. If you have any further questions, you may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.