The Iowa Nature Calendar
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The Iowa Nature Calendar

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One of the joys of midwestern living is the variety brought by the changing seasons. The lyrical text of "The Iowa Nature Calendar" brings a year to life - perpetually - through a daily appreciation of the chirping, blooming, singing details of Iowa's natural world. Because keeping track of past years' observations will enrich your enjoyment of the current year, each month has ample room to add your own notes on blooming wildflowers, nesting birds, semaphoring fireflies, and clicking cricket frogs as well as birthdays, anniversaries, and other annual celebrations. The authors, both long-time Iowa naturalists, have included birth dates of notable Iowa conservationists, nature-related events from Bald Eagle Days to Christmas Bird Counts to the annual Frog and Toad Survey, and the names of the full moons from January's Wolf Moon to December's Long Night Moon. Particularly user-friendly are their suggestions for visits to state parks and preserves; for example, look for bison calves at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in June and spectacular flocks of migrating snow geese at DeSoto Bend Wildlife Refuge in October. They also remind you to put up purple martin houses and bat boxes in the spring, sign up for a class at Lakeside Laboratory in the summer, clean out your bluebird boxes in the fall, and watch for the glow of the aurora borealis in wintertime. Throughout they present intriguing, well-chosen information certain to appeal to all nature lovers from amateur gardeners to professional botanists.show more

Product details

  • Spiral bound | 12 pages
  • 127 x 191 x 12.7mm | 99.79g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 12 scratch board with watercolour illustrations
  • 1587296179
  • 9781587296178

About Jean Cutler Prior

Jean Prior has been a research geologist for the Iowa Geological Survey, editor of the annual journal Iowa Geology and of the book Iowa: Portrait of the Land, author of Landforms of Iowa (IOWA 1991), and lead author of Iowa's Groundwater Basics. A former member of the State Preserves Advisory Board, she contributed to the Iowa Public Television series The Land between Two Rivers. James Sandrock is professor emeritus of German language and literature at the University of Iowa. An active birder familiar with the ornithology of the United States, Canada, and Europe, he has special expertise in the birds of southeast Iowa. Illustrator Claudia McGehee is the author of A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet and A Woodland Counting Book (IOWA 2004 and 2006).show more