Explore Iowa's natural world through a series of new publications by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Perhaps no wild birds captivate the imagination of rural Midwesterners as much as the bobwhite quail and ring-necked pheasant. Both species flock during winter and offer beautiful reprieves from otherwise life-less winter landscapes. Unfortunately though, both species share one more commonality – there are fewer of them in Iowa today than there was throughout most of the 20th century.
If you live on acreage, there is a pretty good chance that you also love to feed birds and other wildlife. Most bird enthusiasts feed suet in the fall, but having it out all year will attract woodpeckers, nuthatches and the occasional brown creeper at your feeder. Making your own suet cakes for birds is easy, affordable and customizable.