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Attack Bats? Probably Not
July 20, 2017
 

Whether you live in town or out in the country, you might find yourself sharing a room with a flying bat. In summer twilight, bats cruise surfaces – of leaves, of ponds, and along house walls – picking off insects, which have their own agendas on those surfaces. 

Gather Around for Music on the Prairie
July 17, 2017
 

Saturday, July 8th was Bur Oak Land Trust’s 4th annual Music on the Prairie. And this is definitely a tradition that I want to see continue – an evening where folks from the community gather together to eat good food, listen to local musical talent, and enjoy a beautiful natural setting. 

Hoping to Disappoint, Again, at “Seize The Carp” Day
July 13, 2017
 

Back in 2014 Judy Joyce shared her goal to create a local riverfest, to encourage folks to take more interest in the Iowa River. She chose “Seize The Carp” as a play on Carpe Diem to name this lighthearted event. For my role, I offered to build kayaks from recycled materials – OK junk – and race them on the river. 

On the Trail? Take a Closer Look
July 10, 2017
 

The number of times I have stopped and hunkered down to get a closer look at an interesting spot on the trail only to discover it is poop is…discouraging. Is that a toad on the sidewalk? Maybe a moth of some kind?