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Winter wildlife viewing opportunities | News, Sports, Jobs - Marshalltown Times Republican

Winter wildlife viewing opportunities | News, Sports, Jobs - Marshalltown Times Republican

Winter wildlife viewing opportunities | News, Sports, Jobs - Marshalltown Times Republican

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 11:20 PM PST

PHOTO BY GARRY BRANDENBURG Winter wildlife viewing never goes out of style. Almost anyone who travels locally can see wild critters going about their business of survival during winter time. Today's image of wild turkeys was made just prior to the first snow event. However, even now, with snow on the ground, any critter, whether pheasants, turkeys, deer, crows, eagles, raccoons or opossums are easier to spot. So take the time to use binoculars for a close up look at wildlife. Back roads for wildlife viewing tend to work best. Go exploring and enjoy.

WINTER WILDLIFE comes in all sizes and shapes. Of course there are the backyard bird feeder visitors for resident feathered species. On a larger scale are wild turkeys whose big dark bodies stand out prominently against a background of snow covered fields. Look for them along field edges. And since wild turkeys have strong legs and feet to stir up snow cover to gain access to crop residue under the snow, turkeys are providing a bit easier access for pheasants who are also hungry.

At various times this scribe has been amazed at the number of pheasants visible in open fields. It is not the ideal situation for pheasants who must eat and in doing so might have to be far away from escape cover and therefore become more exposed to potential aerial predators like eagles or ground predators like coyotes. Of course pheasants can fly away at any of the first signs of danger. However, winter survival to a large extent depends upon how best to conserve energy. Flying takes energy which is the burning of fat reserves the birds have hopefully gained from last summer and fall.

A COMMON GRACKLE: I have no explanation for a recent bird sighting….a common grackle….at my backyard bird feeder. There is just one grackle finding a way to pluck sunflower seeds while surrounded by bluejays, cardinals, red-bellied woodpeckers, hairy and downy woodpeckers, juncos and sparrows. For whatever reason it decided to show up for its free meals, more power to it. It is still a long time before spring arrives.

HIBERNATION is a good scheme for winter survival used by mammals such as ground squirrels, pocket gophers and of course the well known woodchuck or groundhog. Today is Groundhog Day as far as humans are concerned who need, want or just have fun with the idea of a groundhog awakening from its deep sleep to look outside. If it sees its shadow, according to legend, there will be six more weeks of winter. If the animal does not see its shadow, well, we can safely assume winter is only a month and one-half away. "Crazy people" is probably what a groundhog may think of the human antics above ground.

Humans should instead be watching the position of the sun with respect to its height above the horizon at mid day and the sun's position at daybreak and sunset times. Day length is getting longer steadily and predictably just like it always does as the earth's orbit keeps on track during its annual journey around the sun.

From the perspective of the woodchuck, safely and warm in its underground below frost line burrow, it does not want to be bothered by people wearing big felt top hats, having live bands playing music and having a host of television cameras pointed in its direction just for the amusement of mankind. If I was a woodchuck, I'd bite my handler on his or her fingers to drive home the point that disturbing my sleep comes at a price. Now go to a first aid station to get your cut finger wounds stitched, a shot of antibiotics and remember to not mess with me again. Just pay your doctor bill and be quiet.

Hibernation starts earlier and lasts longer the further north a woodchuck lives. Once in its grass lined winter burrow, its body temperature may fall to about 35 degrees F. Its heart rate will lower to just 4 to 10 beats per minute. Breathing slows to once every six minutes. In this torpor state, they make due and use up stored body fat to survive. Come spring the animal may be only one-half as heavy as it was last fall.

The groundhog, or woodchuck has a scientific name (Marmota monax). It is a member of the rodent family Sciuridae and specifically the larger ground squirrel segment called marmots. Adults are 16 to 20 inches long including a six inch tail. Weights can range from 5 to 15 pounds. The incisor teeth grow about 1/16th of an inch per week during its active time of April to November. Constant wearing of the bottom teeth against the top incisors is required to keep the teeth 'trimmed' to usable size.

The animal is a powerful digger using its forearms to loosen soil and move it backwards and outside a den area. Tunnel complexes can be extensive, up to 24 feet long with side galleries. One researcher measured the excavated soil from one groundhog den and found it contained about six cubic feet of material weighing over 650 pounds. Trying to put all that soil back in place, if you are unfortunate to have a woodchuck decide to burrow under a garage slab floor, is next to impossible. The fact that groundhogs sometimes invade backyard spaces and disrupt your living spaces does not endure them with favorable feeling from humans. A pest is a pest for which woodchucks can easily gain that title.

Vegetation of grasses, berries and some agricultural crops, when available, will work as something to eat. Dandelions are on the menu along with timothy grass, buttercup, red and black raspberries, buckwheat, plantain, wild lettuce, clover and alfalfa. However, this species will also take grubs, grasshoppers, insects, snails and maybe even a mouse. So it is not a strict vegetarian.

Celebrate Feb. 2 anyway you desire. Just remember to let the woodchuck sleep as Mother Nature intended it to do.

HUNTING SEASONS meetings with Iowa Department of Natural Resources biologists and managers will be held across the state from mid February into early March. For us in central Iowa, the meeting will be held at Tama County's Otter Creek Lake Park will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 5. These town-hall style meetings will provide time for a review of the past seasons, what may need to be done to improve them and to educate the public about a long series of inputs the DNR uses to track population trends. Potential changes to hunting seasons for 2020-21 will be listened to. Sportsmen and women are encouraged to attend.

IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE MEMBERS are encouraged to attend the annual Wild Game Feed at 6 p.m. on Feb 12 at the Conservation Center at the Grimes Farm. Specialty dishes of various fish, game meats of many kinds and of course desserts of choice will allow no one to go home hungry. The program after the meal will be presented by Mike Stegmann, Marshall County Conservation Bureau Director about anything wildlife and conservation activity related for the new 2020 year. Mark the date on your calendar and bring an appetite.


Garry Brandenburg is a graduate of Iowa State University with BS degree in Fish & Wildlife Biology. He is the retired director of the Marshall County Conservation Board. Contact him at PO Box 96, Albion, IA 50005.

Ohio wildlife agency asks for help in counting eagles | News, Sports, Jobs - Morning Journal News

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 09:39 PM PST

COLUMBUS — State wildlife officials are asking Ohioans to help count every bald eagle nest in the state to document the bird's presence.

Eagle watchers can submit sightings online at through March 31, and also see updates of verified nests.

"From the Ohio River to Lake Erie, our state has become an ideal home for the bald eagle," said ODNR director Mary Mertz. "This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and see this soaring raptor, all while providing a valuable conservation service to our state."

The bald eagle was once an endangered species, with only four nesting pairs in Ohio in 1979. However, thanks to partnerships between the Division of Wildlife, Ohio zoos, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, and concerned landowners, its population increased. The bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007 and from Ohio's list in 2012.

"Wildlife biologists estimate that Ohio hosted more than 350 nesting pairs of bald eagles in 2019," said Division of Wildlife chief Kendra Wecker. "Many of those nests are situated along Ohio's portion of Lake Erie, and along with Ohio's rivers and reservoirs."

Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists typically estimate the number of eagle nests by flying select areas of the state and verifying sightings. However, identifying the locations of all the nests in the state hasn't been attempted since bald eagles were delisted in 2012. Wildlife staff, including wildlife officers, will verify nest locations. This will help update the Division of Wildlife's historical databases and confirm the results of estimated counts.

The western Lake Erie marsh region (Ottawa, Lucas, Erie and Sandusky counties) is home to a sizeable population of bald eagles. Excellent viewing opportunities can be found at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area and Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area. In southern Ohio, eagle nests are found near major rivers such as the Muskingum, Hocking, Scioto and Great Miami.

The state's bald eagles typically lay eggs and incubate them in February and March, with young eagles leaving the nest about three months later.

Seven young conservationists to watch - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 06:37 PM PST

The young biologists, researchers, managers, conservation officers and others charged with protecting our lakes, rivers and lands are highly qualified and as impassioned in their work as any previous generation of Minnesota conservationists. Stewards of fish, wildlife and open spaces, they energetically safeguard the state's most valuable assets — its natural resources. Here, then, are snapshots of seven of these young conservation pros:

Right training gets her feet in door

Rachel Hoveland, 30 • Pheasants Forever web developer • St. Paul

Before I came to work for Pheasants Forever, I volunteered for the organization. I'm an avid trap shooter, and some friends and I started a fundraiser shoot, "Clays for a Cause," to raise money for public land with our PF chapter. Then, about four years ago, a job opened up at PF headquarters that fit my training — my undergraduate degree is in conservation and resource management and my master's is in GIS, or geographic information systems — and I've been with the organization since. I'm fortunate to be able to utilize my technology background toward my passion for conservation. My husband, Matt, and I have a Deutsch Drahthaar named Luke. When we first met, Matt was a bird hunter. He's since pulled a bait and switch on me and now prefers big-game hunting. So I hunt birds a lot with my friends, many of whom will be at Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis in a couple weeks.

Biologist well-versed on animals and habitat

Kassy Dumke, 28 • Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl biologist • Windom, Minn.

I grew up on a hobby farm near Grand Rapids, Mich. It's where I first became interested in animals. In college at Northern Michigan University I studied wildlife management and worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After college, I interned with Ducks Unlimited in conservation policy before heading to South Dakota State University for graduate school, where I studied grassland birds while earning my master's degree. I've been with DU four years. I coordinate public land acquisitions, wetland and grassland restorations, shallow lake surveys and enhancements, public policy, and waterfowl surveys. It's all part of my job, which I love. My husband, Nick, and I have four dogs, two French Brittanys and two Labs. We hunt and compete with them in hunt tests. We love everything outdoors, including hiking, camping, fishing and especially hunting and working with the dogs.

Farmland serving a dual purpose

Alex Nelson, 31 • Pheasants Forever habitat restoration manager • New London, Minn.

I was born and raised on the 320-acre Kandiyohi County farm I now own. It's been in our family since the 1860s. My parents were dairy farmers on it until 1996, when it was no longer economically feasible to operate a small dairy operation. Now on about half the acres I grow corn and soybeans and have a small beef cattle herd. The other half is in the Conservation Reserve Program. I studied environmental sciences at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and got a job with PF soon after graduating. Initially I was a Farm Bill biologist. Now I oversee habitat restorations on acquired lands. I also write budgets, apply for grants and work with contractors. It's all good work. I believe there's room for conservation on every farm. But I know how hard farmers work to maximize their bottom lines. Everyone has to make the best decisions they can to feed their families.

Restoring home state is a privilege

John Lindstrom, 30 • Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Biologist • Hutchinson, Minn.

I'm from Zimmerman originally and grew up hunting mostly in west-central Minnesota with my dad, uncle and grandpa. I come from a hunting culture, but also a strong conservation culture. At Valley City State University in North Dakota, I graduated with a double major in fisheries and wildlife management. Later I took a master's degree in zoology with an emphasis on wildlife ecology. I got my first job with DU in 2015 in North Dakota. Now I'm happy to work here in Minnesota, my home state, conserving and protecting wetlands and other resources for future generations. Even in my short life I've seen a lot of changes to the landscape, many of which aren't good for our water or wildlife. Helping to guide DU's "on the ground'' conservation work in central Minnesota, where my wife, Emily our young son, Benson, and I live, along with our two dogs, is very satisfying.

Grouse become student's project

Katherine Glodoski, 22 • University of Minnesota senior • Minneapolis

It wasn't until I enrolled at the U that I decided to study fisheries and wildlife, intending to become a veterinarian. Since I was young growing up near Hayward, Wis., I've always loved animals. Research has been an interest of mine, too, and with the help of my professors, I'm studying data to determine whether West Nile virus is impacting ruffed grouse populations. I have looked at the population cycles of 10 distinct grouse populations to determine if the cycles experienced noticeable decreases after 2001, when West Nile started appearing here. So far, the impact does not appear to be significant. I'm doing the study for fun, not credit. Whatever I do after graduation, I'll be outside a lot. Our closest neighbor when I was a kid was a quarter-mile away, so I spent a lot of time playing outdoors. I still do.

Family's lead angler fit for the job

Eric Sanft, 29 • DNR Fisheries Section specialist • St. Paul

Growing up in White Bear Lake, my family was outdoors a lot. We camped and had a cabin, and while my parents didn't fish much, I got into it in the sixth grade. I did my undergraduate work at the U and my master's at the University of Southern Illinois. Working for the DNR, I started in the East Metro, then worked in Hinckley for four years before transferring back to the East Metro. I do all kinds of fisheries-specific work: lake surveys, walleye stocking, river work, invasive carp work, special projects — everything. Also, I still fish a lot and consider myself a multispecies angler. I used to fish bass tournaments quite a bit, but don't so much anymore. The one thing I realized while in school in Illinois is how many good fishing opportunities Minnesota has. I try even to incorporate fishing into my vacations, sometimes to the frustration of my wife, Carly.

Freedom a perk of North Shore gig

Kylan Hill, 27 • DNR conservation officer • Tofte, Minn.

Growing up in Aitkin, in north-central Minnesota, I fished, hunted, trapped and snowmobiled. In college at the University of Minnesota Morris, where I majored in political science and philosophy, I thought I would become a lawyer. Instead, I became a DNR conservation officer, originally working in our Zumbrota station, in the southeast, but now in Tofte, on the North Shore. My wife and I love it here. I've always wanted to work up north, where there is so much openness and no constraints, essentially, where you can go. It's true that law enforcement officers often encounter people on their bad days, or in a crisis. Thankfully, in what I do, I most often see people on their good days, when they're having fun. There are exceptions, and the days can be long. But it's a fun and satisfying career, and I'm working in a great part of the state.

Where is good governance from the Berne Town Board? - The Altamont Enterprise

Posted: 29 Jan 2020 12:05 PM PST

To the Editor:

Accountability? Transparency? Loyalty? Fairness? Honesty? Openness? Respect? Just cause? Ethics? Good governance? Where are these tenants of democracy and good government in the town of Berne?

Not being privy to inner workings of the Berne administration, one can only guess why recent decisions were made. Our community needs clarity from the town board.

I do not personally know most of the town officials negatively affected by recent changes but the appearance is one of party politics and favoritism. In their decision-making, the board members should consider that, just because someone can do something, does not mean that they should.

Besides treating people with little regard, and possible legal violations, these decisions may involve increased costs to the town and the board should openly inform us. Public officials are elected to govern on behalf of all residents, but expecting us to accept decisions without giving sensible, rational, justified reasoning is nothing more than flexing political muscle.

I support the people who unfairly lost jobs or public positions as a result of Berne town board decisions.

I disagree with changing the paper of record from The Altamont Enterprise to the Albany Times Union. The Times Union is a fine paper but for the Hilltowns, The Enterprise has truly been our local news source and has fairly reported all sides of issues. Does the town board really believe that Berne will get as much coverage from the Times Union, equal to what we have gotten from The Enterprise? Or is the point to repress coverage?

Nothing incites one to action quicker than a personal issue. My general displeasure with the arrogance and apparent partisanship of the Berne town board does not compare with how I feel about Cheryl Baitsholts being unceremoniously dumped as our dog control officer.

No one is more compassionate, more humane, more effective (and more cost-effective); non one knows the laws as well, or is more successful in this job than Cheryl. Her network of caring animal lovers is huge and often results in animals being picked up quickly.

It is not easy finding someone willing to do this job — you are on call all the time; it can be dangerous; it can be frustrating and heartbreaking; it is not a high-paying job, and your work comes home with you.

Nothing against the person newly appointed to the position, whom I do not know, but why fire someone who has done a stellar job? What justifies the manner in which Cheryl lost her job? And I repeat, she lost her job. The firing was not done openly and showed no respect to her and the exceptional job she has done.

If, as claimed by the town board, there is a law on the books stating that someone in this position has to be a town resident, show us. Where has this law been buried for the past 13 years?

I have known Cheryl for almost 20 years. We both hold licenses to rehabilitate wildlife. Though Cheryl does not actively care for wildlife, she does have pre-exposure rabies shots and I can rely on her if I am unavailable and need assistance in picking up or transporting a wild animal in need of help in our area.

Helping people and pets reunite is more than a job for Cheryl and her dedication is unsurpassed.

It is unrealistic to expect loyalty from one political party to another, or perhaps even to extend it to employees put in place by another party/board. Politics aside, it is not too much to expect that people be treated with respect and not be unfairly fired from a job or removed from a position for no just cause if they have done their job well.

It is not too much to expect openness, transparency, honesty, or ethical behavior from our elected officials who represent all residents, regardless of party affiliation. Where is good governance from the Berne Town Board?

Kelly Martin


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