4/13/2013 6:08:25 PM
Just a little list of what we rural Arkansas folks ate during the 50s and 60s
4/9/2013 5:06:10 PM
A lot of things can go wrong when clearing a space for a deer feeder. Read about how to correctly cut branches, where to place the deer feeder and more.
4/3/2013 10:09:49 AM
Numerous states report cougar sightings.
3/25/2013 1:57:45 PM
A 50-year-old striped bass fishing record was broken in February.
3/21/2013 9:50:08 AM
A mountain lion was most likely to blame for the maiming of one of Hank’s young calves.
2/9/2013 1:25:00 PM
Dead trees that pose no danger to people or their surroundings can be left in place to provide valuable wildlife habitat. We left some standing in our backyard and are rewarded by daily visits from woodpeckers and other cavity-nesting birds.
1/30/2013 3:27:58 PM
Woman with young children encounters a timber wolf in her doorway; door gets finished shortly thereafter.
1/29/2013 3:40:07 PM
Become a beekeeper and watch your bee-friendly garden flourish.
1/29/2013 12:22:09 AM
If you're using free signage on rural roads to advertise your nonprofit's event, make sure your letters are large enough - lest you convey the wrong impression!
1/16/2013 8:30:22 AM
It is never too late to do a little gardening - even if it is from the comfort of an arm chair. The critters, indoors and out, keep me company.
1/3/2013 9:17:39 PM
Fresh snow is soon marked by the tracks of animals foraging, playing, escaping or just living. Even if you don't see the wildlife, enjoy learning more about their habits by reading the tales in the snow.
1/1/2013 10:23:26 AM
Although Americans are spending less time in the wild, nature and wildlife need not elude us. Abundant wildlife can be found in our own backyards.
12/24/2012 9:57:19 AM
So you DON'T BELIEVE in Santa? You WILL believe in his reindeer, though...and they have plans far beyond the holidays!
12/18/2012 7:39:02 PM
Climate change is no longer a theory - it is reality. As our rural environment struggles, we must increase our efforts in educating all to nurture our earth. Our farms feed us all and the slogan is true - No Farms, No Food.
12/14/2012 12:01:18 PM
Uncover amazing butterflies, moths, spiders, dragonflies and other insects just beyond your back door.
12/13/2012 6:20:24 PM
Small animals as well are larger ones can be on the backroads both day and night. Watch for wildlife at the roadside to avoid collisions with animals.
12/3/2012 6:49:29 PM
Any wildlife may be encountered on the road. The larger species, such as deer, can cause significant vehicle damage if hit. Watch for wildlife and learn their habits to help avoid collisions.
12/3/2012 11:23:13 AM
Learn a few of our cherished ice fishing tips, from tip ups to ice houses.
11/30/2012 1:10:49 PM
What is an 'epic fail'?? It's when you build your front door UNDER the overflow pipe: GREAT idea in summer, EPIC FAIL in winter!
11/30/2012 10:35:49 AM
Learn how to clean fish for supper in 8 simple steps.
11/28/2012 1:27:44 PM
Being a deer rehaber is a joy but know that they are wild animals and need to be treated as such.
11/27/2012 2:23:26 PM
In this Hank’s Hints blog, learn how to attract birds with bird watering stations such as ponds, birdbaths and more.
11/27/2012 1:30:11 PM
Make tomato cages from field tile cores and create hawk habitat for natural gopher control, courtesy of our friends at Farm Show.
11/25/2012 9:48:44 AM
Sometimes the human attempt to apply a name to the situation just fails...when in doubt, just call it FRED!
11/19/2012 4:49:40 PM
Two lost birds far from their flocks: a different kind of Thanksgiving heart-warmer!
11/14/2012 7:41:18 PM
An old windrow might look untidy, but it has real benefit for wildlife and stock. On a good day, nature will show its hand and give you a glimpse of the birds and animals that call it home.
11/6/2012 12:08:29 PM
With iPhones in hand, visitors to national wildlife refuges in the Chesapeake Bay region can now photograph and share their sightings with a worldwide community of wildlife watchers.
10/28/2012 11:42:32 AM
It may be YOUR attic for half the year: but come Winter, the Other Half(s)move in....
10/10/2012 8:35:08 AM
Often individuals do not realize that wildlife exists in a delicate balance of protection and favorable environment. Rather than hunt, I choose to save just a little of that wildlife for my grandchildren.
9/29/2012 4:28:17 PM
So, you think you have only ONE deer on your property? Actually they're like rats: if you see one, you can bet there are 24 more in the shrubbery....
9/26/2012 6:22:29 PM
An irrigation ditch is an interesting place in autumn when most of the water has run down. It is more like a small stream that can be explored and enjoyed.
9/26/2012 7:21:47 AM
Joe Pye Weed provides gardeners late-season blooms and bees and butterflies with a late-season source of nectar.
9/18/2012 10:03:00 AM
A daily walk with my dog helps me notice subtle seasonal changes.
9/14/2012 11:10:07 AM
Playful, fun-loving critters or malevolent sources of evil actions: everyone has an opinion on night-time Raccoon Activity in The Back 40...
9/12/2012 3:03:24 PM
Enjoy your best season yet with hunting tips from this guide to hunting deer, turkeys, dove, pheasant, geese and ducks.
9/4/2012 8:07:07 AM
Wild gardens let gardeners experience nature up close and personal
9/1/2012 11:07:24 AM
Oh, so you think the bird world doesn't wage war? Think again: OUR local hummingbirds employ the finer art of fencing!
8/29/2012 4:51:14 PM
The high plains are home to a variety of bird species. Near the mountains waterfowl abound on the lakes and reservoirs. Some species like woodpeckers and hummingbirds are unexpected but welcome in any garden.
8/28/2012 3:42:51 PM
Secret life of the red-tailed hawk
8/28/2012 2:33:49 PM
Late blooming flowers are a necessary food source for wildlife.
8/22/2012 4:59:34 PM
Snakes are startling but they are also fascinating. If you spy a snake, be sure you are at a safe distance and identify it. Many times it will be a harmless type that can be studied or if you are inclined, handled.
8/21/2012 7:47:23 AM
The transition between summer and autumn is my favorite time of year.
8/11/2012 11:30:20 AM
Our national 'undertaker', the Vulture, CAN serve as a stand-in when our National Bird gets tired and wants a vacation.
8/7/2012 1:32:57 PM
Time spent fishing is time well spent.
8/3/2012 8:50:34 AM
Drought and heat can get a gardener or farmer down, but it can also give us what it takes to survive - a good old fashioned case of Kansas stubborn.
8/2/2012 6:17:53 AM
Include plants in your landscape that provide seeds and berries to hungry wildlife.
7/30/2012 5:16:22 PM
Homesteading hunter gets a rude awakening when he realizes he's about to become a panther's next meal.
7/24/2012 9:09:05 AM
Nuts and tree sap are important food sources for local wildlife.
7/9/2012 12:01:20 AM
In the City, it's the sirens. In the country, it's all manner of nocturnal animals. ALL of whom want to come by and say 'hello' - right under the bedroom window. Earplugs are made for those of us who find even Nature a bit too vocal at night.
7/4/2012 11:52:19 AM
Young animal babies can be appealing but our presence can bring mama to the defense!
7/3/2012 8:29:47 AM
Frogs are a leading indicator of garden health.
6/26/2012 12:54:32 PM
Plant native trees to attract birds and butterflies to your garden
6/25/2012 9:35:36 AM
Local angling holes provide a valuable food source as well as hours of fun and fulfillment.
6/21/2012 10:04:55 AM
While young birds are charming to watch, they often have short, danger filled lives. I give them the help that I can but many don't live through their first year.
6/19/2012 1:28:01 PM
Create a healthy prairie by removing invasive plants
6/16/2012 12:21:20 AM
One person's dove of peace is another's source of incessant cooing...
6/13/2012 10:41:16 AM
Deer tick season and the threat of Lyme Disease hits home.
6/12/2012 11:43:18 AM
Fire is a necessary component of sustaining a healthy prairie
6/11/2012 8:33:21 AM
Montana reintroduces bison from Yellowstone National Park, causing some farmers and ranchers to express mixed feelings.
6/10/2012 10:20:53 PM
During one cold winter spell while taking a calf to the Veterinary in the family car, My parents found a stowaway nestled in the engine compartment.
6/8/2012 11:28:11 AM
Lazy summer days are best spent with a rod and reel, as the author discovered after learning to fish from his mother.
6/8/2012 10:38:21 AM
A new wild honeybee hive gives GRIT's Hank Will hope for honey this year.
6/2/2012 9:19:01 AM
When you live 10 miles from the county dump and believe in garden compost, it's NOT a stretch to ALSO believe in Raccoons as Organic Waste Disposal Systems...
5/29/2012 8:15:24 AM
Corby a former Kansas Hunter Education Instructor of the Year
5/29/2012 6:58:44 AM
Why birds, bees, and butterflies need native plants
5/24/2012 9:48:14 PM
I've been battling with a Carolina wren trying to build a nest where she really didn't need to build. My overgrown flower beds are finally getting attention.
5/24/2012 11:56:09 AM
Hummingbirds seem to be everywhere--chances are there are some near your home. It's not hard to draw them to your yard or garden and keep them coming back. Here are some tips for attracting and feeding your local hummingbirds.
5/21/2012 9:25:51 AM
Some women have to contend with The Other Woman. I had to deal with The Other Skunk: a non-stinker residing literally under my very nose.
5/17/2012 9:40:20 AM
Oh deer me - they are large, they are alien, and they come not in peace, but to eat the garden. But our resident Deer Whisperer has a solution…
4/24/2012 11:02:51 AM
Adventure of the Avian kind
4/20/2012 2:40:22 PM
Be careful when identifying skunks or you might get sprayed.
3/23/2012 9:38:25 AM
A tale of how an ordinary evening turns into a stinky situation when dog gets sprayed by a skunk, and a great recipe for getting out the smell.
3/19/2012 8:24:12 AM
The Raptor Research Project has followed a pair of Eagles near Decorah, Iowa, for many years. The first of three eaglets is expected to hatch between March 23 and 25. Our family is fascinated watching this bit of nature we couldn't otherwise see.
2/21/2012 12:15:54 PM
New, publicly accessible pasture facilities needed to care for wild horses.
2/17/2012 1:11:03 PM
Why would a marsh rabbit bite Jimmy Carter?
2/13/2012 12:07:47 PM
A sampling of the ups and downs of life in the country. The highs and lows of the rural living adventure.
2/7/2012 7:45:59 PM
The forecast of winter weather brings creatures out of the woodwork, humans and animals alike.
1/27/2012 11:46:23 AM
How much do you know about wild pigs in America?
1/26/2012 9:38:43 AM
The art of attracting nature’s best pollinators to your garden.
1/25/2012 10:55:50 AM
How birds and other animals use magnetoreception to find their way.
1/25/2012 9:35:03 AM
Experience the sandhill crane migration: a great spectacle of the natural world.
12/21/2011 2:05:56 PM
A fun and easy easy bird feeder for children (and adults) to make.
12/14/2011 11:41:07 AM
A reflection on four generations of loving the outdoors.
11/28/2011 11:01:24 PM
This post tells about the progress for purchasing and the discoveries on the new property (Terra Nova Gardens). Comments from the grandson are humorously truthful.
10/7/2011 3:24:53 PM
Though the American Crow has a bad reputation, this bird holds a special place in human culture and mythology.
10/7/2011 3:15:45 PM
Eating venison from deer that have fed off of natural crops is healthy, and if you process it yourself, it’s inexpensive, too.
10/7/2011 2:00:00 PM
Keeping ducks and geese, especially these heritage breeds, helps the animals and provides you with entertainment, eggs and meat. Why not add some to your flock?
10/7/2011 1:42:47 PM
In this article about home meat curing, learn how to make summer sausage, snack sticks, homemade salami and even high-temperature cheese.
9/29/2011 9:13:45 AM
Biggers' Farm has been busy with working on house finish work, raising a bottle baby calf, butchering and canning chickens, soaking Shiitake logs, and dealing with crazy skunks.
9/26/2011 10:43:04 PM
Hummingbirds are in migration and eating me out of house and home. Plus: An encounter with what I thought were trash dumpers, a buzzard, and an old part I'm looking to ID.
8/12/2011 4:26:21 PM
Couple leaves Wisconsin where bears and wolves killed livestock; traveled to South Dakota and endured blizzards.
8/12/2011 3:55:59 PM
Being chased by a panther was among grandmother's pioneer stories.
8/12/2011 3:38:04 PM
Among mother's pioneer stories is tale of toddlers lost overnight in a wheat field.
8/12/2011 3:28:27 PM
Walking behind covered wagons, children spotted mountain lion.
8/11/2011 2:09:25 PM
Meet North America's master angler, the Great Blue Heron.
8/10/2011 12:04:17 PM
With some little-known facts about earthworms, gain a greater understanding of one of the unsung heroes of the vegetable garden.
8/5/2011 3:33:56 PM
Settlers stay on course toward Kansas homestead as wolves nipped at horses and wagon.
8/5/2011 2:45:47 PM
Rural schoolteacher kills rattler, then saves rattlesnake skin and rattlers.
8/5/2011 2:36:24 PM
A load of buffalo bones netted settler a couple of dollars.
8/5/2011 12:24:54 PM
Recollections include herding livestock across Nebraska to Colorado.