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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.

Jan 14

It's Snowing – Who's Happy and Who's Not

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 9:52 AM by Erica Place

It's snowing as I sit down write this morning. The ground is covered, but there's barely enough to sled on. Maybe there will be enough by this afternoon, and that might make some kids happy. It might also make snow clearing businesses happy since the season has offered them little work so far. The rest of us humans might rather see dry roads, no salt, and mild temperatures continue until spring.

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Jan 07

Winter Walk Opportunities

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 9:40 AM by Erica Place

My wife, Sue, and I have enjoyed taking walks for many years. Our goals in walking sometimes differ, though. Sue likes to set a pace and keep to it for the exercise benefit. I, on the other hand, often get distracted. That's especially true when we walk in wilder areas, but it even happens on sidewalk excursions around the neighborhood. There are flowers to see or smell, landscapes to admire, finding the source of a bird song, etc. It breaks up my pace and often leaves me hurrying to catch up. Mostly gone are the days when “a walk” might take hours and cover several miles, but we still enjoy walking when we can despite our different priorities.

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Dec 31

Noises In the Night

Posted on December 31, 2018 at 8:44 AM by Erica Place

Most folks prefer to stay inside where it's warm on winter evenings. The outdoor world isn't visible beyond the small area illuminated by the headlights even when people do go out after supper. Although much of what's happening outdoors during a winter night can't be seen, nature is far from asleep or sitting still. Hunters are out and about, as are their prey. Some of the activity, like an owl's flight or a fox's creeping stalk, is silent. Those same creatures and others can make quite a bit of noise this time of year, too. A few folks enjoy winter night walks just to listen in on them.

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