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Feb 22

Kiting

Posted to Naturally Speaking with Steve Lekwa by Erica Place

Several large raptors were seen in what appeared to be hovering flight as we recently drove across eastern Iowa on I-80. A few birds such as humming birds and kingfishers routinely hover in one spot even in calm air. Some other songbirds can hover briefly, but it costs them too much energy to hold for long. The hawks I saw weren’t actually hovering, but were doing something called kiting. They were actually flapping and gliding forward into the wind, but controlling their airspeed and altitude to stay over one spot. Kiting allows them more time to watch for movement of any possible prey.

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Jul 23

Fishery Renovation Update

Posted to The Greenprint by Erica Place

The DNR will treat Hickory Grove Lake on August 4th (pending workable weather conditions) with rotenone, a botanical pesticide, to eliminate the remaining fish population.

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