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Naturally Speaking with Steve Lekwa

An insightful and informed view on wildlife and the environment from former Story County Conservation Director Steve Lekwa.

Oct 14

Attacked by Pirates

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 9:39 AM by Erica Place

I'm writing this on October 9 after enjoying a string of nearly perfect early fall days. I've been trying to get caught up on yard and garden work before we get more rain and a forecast cold for the latter part of the week. It's been wonderful weather for outdoor work . . . except for being attacked by pirates on those lovely, warm, sunny afternoons.

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Oct 07

What's a Specie?

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 11:09 AM by Erica Place

It's commonly understood that any particular specie of creature or plant can reproduce successfully only with another of its own kind. It's also generally assumed that when two separate species do occasionally reproduce, the offspring will be sterile such as when a horse and donkey produce a mule. Nature isn't that neat and tidy, though. About the best that can be said is that these “rules” are usually true. Nature is full of exceptions.

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Sep 30

A Hopeful Sign for Monarchs

Posted on September 30, 2019 at 9:36 AM by Erica Place

Monday, September 23, was something of a red letter day for observers of nature – at least this one. I saw something that I hadn't seen in a good many years. A cool front passed through on the 22nd. Rain stopped and wind switched from a southeasterly direction to southwest, but remained relatively light. The sky cleared for a perfect late summer day. It appeared that all of the last summer hatch of adult monarch butterflies in the upper Midwest decided it was time to begin their long journey toward Mexico in earnest. Multiple migrating monarchs were visible in the sky no matter where I went all day long.

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