Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Indiana Edition

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Conservation

Agriculture & Conservation

One of the great frustrations of my life’s work is the divide between conservation and agriculture. Growing up hunting on farms across northern Indiana, I came to look at these working properties as magical places. To this day, nothing compares to sitting watch over a picked cornfield on a frosty November morning waiting on a buck. If not for the farmers who let me hunt their land, my life would have likely...

Black Bear Sightings Becoming More Frequent

Back in the day, black bears were historically abundant across Indiana and sightings were common. There were good numbers throughout the Hoosier state with the exception of the northwest portions where prairie areas dominated the rural landscape. Unregulated hunting and habitat loss caused black bears to be eliminated from...

Significant Indiana news: Black bear hit by motor vehicle near New Albany

New Release 11/19/2018 from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources: A black bear was hit by a motor vehicle on Interstate 64 near mile marker 121 in the New Albany area at 8 p.m. last night. The injured bear wandered into heavy brush after the accident. DNR wildlife biologists confirmed that...

New Invasive Species Discovered

A couple of decades ago it seemed finding a new invasive species in the Great Lakes was as common as finding a fish hook in a bait shop. Was it a sudden influx of new arrivals or were more discovered just because people started looking? Probably because more emphasis...

Cutting Down Trees Isn’t a Bad Thing!

Cutting a mature tree, let alone an oak, seems like a sin to many hunters. Few trees in Midwestern forests and woodlands provide the same abundance and nutrition to both game and non-game birds and animals as oaks. Often acorns are seen as the lifeblood of hunting season. Many...

Light from a Long Time Ago

It’s well after midnight and I’m again reminded of one of the primary reasons I enjoy the outdoors: perspective. Last night I was camped out in a recliner on our little patch of lawn on the edge of suburbia. Equipped with a few adult beverages, good music in my headphones...

Bramwell: Snake Encounters

My friend Dr. Doug Skinner sent me a photo of blackberries turning red in Brown County. He wants me to join him for the harvest in about a week. He also sent me a picture of a friend holding a five-foot rattlesnake caught and released in same county. Of...

Bird Watching Growing in Popularity

Mary Beth Lancaster enjoys watching nature. It was just last week I saw her standing on a bridge in Western Howard County scanning the trees and banks of Wildcat Creek. There are times she takes in her surroundings from the seat of her car, lawn chair or picnic table...

Funky Nests in Funky Places

Almost everyone has occasionally seen a bird nesting in an unusual place. Just around my house I’ve had a swallow nest on light fixtures, a starling nest in a rain gutter, a dove nest on an old boat trailer behind the pole barn - but these aren’t the strangest...

Asian Carp Aren’t Just A River Problem Anymore

It has never been a question of if they would get here - but when. At first I doubted the biologists, but it looks...

Enlightening on Lightning

The idea for today’s topic came two days ago while I was in the shower, lathered up and ready to shave. A tremendous a bolt...

Thunderstorms a Part of Summer

With spring in full swing and summer knocking at our door large numbers of people are taking to the water for the season’s hottest...

Martino: Fawns and Fireflies

No one can argue last winter just didn’t want to let go. But thankfully it’s now history. Even the beginning of spring was unseasonably...

Birds on Board

I’ve heard when a bird lands on a boat it’s really a visit from a dead relative, reincarnated as a wren, robin or some...

Turtles Aren’t the Best Choice for Pets

Indiana is home to many types of wild turtles. Our beautiful spring weather beckons those to take in some sort of outdoor activity. So...

A butterfly Named Monet

I’m surprised I’m not one of those migratory people like many in our latitudes. I don’t have a summer home here and a winter...

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