• By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

Glistening fall colors along Clinton’s riverfront signal the seasonal migration of waterbirds on the Mississippi River. The great white pelica…

  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

A trail of auger holes in the ice maps the travels of hardy winter anglers that are in pursuit of that elusive big fish. Ice depth in the Miss…

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  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

Mankind has attempted to tame the mighty Mississippi River for nearly 200 years. However, Mother Nature has often trumped these efforts to tam…

  • Margo Hansen Green Scene columnist

One of the smallest plants in the world lives right here in the Midwest. It is called duckweed (Lemna minor). Not only is it a tough super-sma…

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  • By Ed Britton

The Mississippi River’s summer pulse of high water and strong currents has impacted recreational activities. On the bright side, high water fl…

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  • By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — Despite favorable conditions, the 31st annual Bald Eagle Watch had the people, just not the birds.

  • By Ed Britton

The great white fish trawlers, American white pelicans, have returned to their summer paradise along our Mississippi River shore. Thousands of…

  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

Those great white fish trawlers, American white pelicans, have returned to their summer paradise along our Mississippi River shore. Thousands …

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  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

Thousands of bald eagles migrate in winter and hundreds of eagles nest in spring along the Upper Mississippi River corridor. Their journey in …

  • By Margo Hansen

There are several definitions of the word weed. One definition in the dictionary is “a plant that is not valued where it is growing.” My own p…

  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

The search continues to find flying fish launching from our Mississippi River waters. The silver carp is notoriously known as the flying fish …

  • Ed Britton

Imagine that you can fly with eagles. Your journey starts in summer at the gateway to the Arctic in Canada’s Hudson Bay where trout are a deli…

  • By Ed Britton

The notorious flying carp apparently are in hiding from fish researchers. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists from the La Crosse, Wiscon…

  • By Ed Britton

The prolonged period of high water has chronicled a miserable summer for river enthusiasts along Clinton’s Mississippi River paradise. The rag…

  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

Thousands of migrating diving ducks are eagerly dining on local sushi while waiting for ice-out during their trek to the northern nesting grou…

  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

Exelon

s nuclear power station in Cordova, Illinoi,s has conducted a fisheries monitoring program since 1973 to identify any potential measurable impact that the Quad-Cities Generating Station cooling water intake and discharge may have on the fisher

  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

Television reality shows are entertaining but are overly dramatic and usually don’t depict real life stories. In nature, there are no scripts …

  • By Margo Hansen

If you have ever grown a vegetable garden you know it can be feast or famine. You can end up with three scrawny beans after the rabbits eat mo…

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  • By Margo Hansen Special to the Herald

The importance and concept of diversity in plant material seems to flow in natural areas like prairies and woodlands. People don’t always gras…

  • By Margo Hansen Special to the Herald

I cannot begin to count the times I have heard people say to me “I hate Bugs.” OK, in some cases I will agree as I scratch a mosquito bite or …

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  • By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — It’s that time of year to once again view the majestic nature of the American Bald Eagle at the 31st Annual Clinton Bald Eagle Watch…

  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

The Beaver Island Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project is progressing through the planning stage. Project construction is still a fe…

  • By Margo Hansen

New inventions are always exciting when they first come out, but in time, newness wears off and we take them for granted. For instance, growin…

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  • By Marilyn Kutzli news@clintonherald.com

Autumn delivers not only the most spectacular colorful vistas, shorter days and cool crisp air but our favorite treat — apples.

  • By Walt Wickham Clinton County Conservation

Every December, a group of Clinton County Conservation employees, along with a handful of dedicated volunteers, armed only with binoculars and…

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  • By Marilyn Kutzli Special to the Herald

Sometimes a cold, bleak, snowy, Iowa January can be hard to enjoy. Especially, when except for the conifers, all the trees have long ago strip…

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  • By Margo Hansen Special to the Herald

In the Bickelhaupt Arboretum’s “Nature of Trees Display” there is a cross section of a 108-year-old oak tree which was struck by lightning and…

  • By Margo Hansen Special to the Herald

With spring just around the corner, crocus, tulips and daffodils will be popping their little flower buds up through the cold spring soil. Wit…

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  • By Margo Hansen Special to the Herald

Now that we are past some of the winter enjoyments of sledding, skiing, making snow forts and viewing the picturesque scenery out our windows,…

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  • By Ed Britton

Our rare bald eagle trio – named Hope, Valor 1, and Valor 2 – became national Internet stars when thousands of devoted admirers daily watched …

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  • By Margo Hansen

The Prince of Peace Church property, off of Mill Creek Parkway, includes two drainage channels, a small marsh, and a retaining pond that all d…

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  • Jan Rittmer

Two years ago, my husband and I made the big decision: we moved from our home on a 3/4-acre lot with trees and a dozen big flower beds to a sm…

  • By Judie Petersen Special to the Herald

Are you looking for some fun-filled excitement for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning this summer? Well, I have just the solution for you…

  • By Margo Hansen

Who does not like to receive flowers? A beautiful bouquet from the local florist or a scrunched up bunch of bright yellow dandelions picked pr…

  • By Ed Britton Special to the Herald

Those great white fish trawlers, American white pelicans, have returned to their summer paradise along our Mississippi River shore and are gob…

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  • By Margo Hansen

Take a leap off the beaten path to discover an art gallery without walls at Clinton’s Bickelhaupt Arboretum. The Clinton community is incredib…

  • Margo Hansen Special to the Herald

‘Rain, rain go away and come again some other day,” are words from a nursery rhyme I remember singing as a child. Maybe I was more aware of th…

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  • By Margo Hansen Special to the Herald

I have been gardening for as long as I can remember. The old fashioned farm gardens were large and only grew vegetables that could be used fre…

  • Margo Hansen Bickelhaupt Arboretum

The summer season is starting to fade soon to be replaced with the colors of fall. To a gardener, nothing says fall more than plucking a juicy…

  • Ed Britton

Alien flying fish have invaded our Mississippi River waters. These scaly aviators are not raiders from Mars; they came from Asia. The silver c…

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  • By Margo Hansen

It’s November and the fall colors have either faded or have been swept away with the brisk north winds. Another growing season is coming to an…

  • Ed Britton

The demise of fall colors along Clinton’s riverfront signals the seasonal migration of waterbirds is underway on the Mississippi River. The gr…

  • Margo Hansen

With all the hustle and bustle this time of year, it is refreshing for me to give and receive something green and living for the holidays. It …

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  • By Margo Hansen

The snow was ushered in this year just in time for Christmas. Who does not love a white Christmas in this part of the country?