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Are You Ready for Poison Ivy Season?
March 27, 2017
 

For me it is not a question of “if” but a question of “when.” When will I get my first poison ivy rash of 2017? Did I already have it this winter when I was clearing brush? I think I did, but I was only a #2 on the skin irritation scale. 

Another Mark Twain Sunset
March 23, 2017
 

Mark Twain’s career began as an apprentice riverboat pilot on the Mississippi, but this crashed with the onset of our Uncivil War, and he then drifted into adventure journalism. Decades later, he took a nostalgia steamboat ride, recording his memory of Iowa along the way: “And I remember Muscatine – still more pleasantly – for its summer sunsets. 

What Do Americans Think of Climate Change?
March 21, 2017
 

Many land trusts struggle with how to communicate about climate change in the communities they serve. That’s because climate change continues to be a polarizing issue — and it’s challenging to authoritatively know where local views fall along the spectrum of beliefs. 

Searching for the Native Celandine Poppy
March 16, 2017
 

Celandine poppy, aka wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), is native to the forests of the eastern half of the US. Its range extends westward into Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri, but so far I have not found it, or found out about it, in Iowa.