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Seeing Nature in Siouxland, Luton Wildlife Management Area

13 Aug
A dickcissel sings perched on a bush at the Luton Wildlife Management Area North Unit near Luton, Iowa Sunday, August 1, 2021 (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

After this past year with having to take precautions and social distance, etc., I learned a new appreciation for wildlife in the Siouxland area. And recently while again enjoying being able to visit places, zoos, museums and such, I like revisiting some of the local nature preserves and management areas I recently became aware of and have visited in the past.

I recently learned of one such place through a friend who is an avid birder and he posted a location and some photos from an outing he attended as people were doing some research about bird species in the area. The Luton Wildlife Management area is only a short distance from where I live and of course, is in the country, surrounded by farm fields. And even though it’s been a very dry year in Siouxland and elsewhere in Iowa I was not totally disappointed when I went out to find this place.

The Luton Wildlife Management Area North Unit is home to a few species of birds and is situated near Luton, Iowa Sunday, August 1, 2021 (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
An American goldfinch sits atop a bush at the Luton Wildlife Management Area North Unit near Luton, Iowa Sunday, August 1, 2021 (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
The Luton Wildlife Management Area North Unit is surrounded by farmland near Luton, Iowa Sunday, August 1, 2021 (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

When out walking at these nature preserves I am just happy to see wildlife. Being able to photograph them to me is just a bonus. And if the images turn out to be nice, well, it was a good day. And maybe the next visit will be even better.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Various shore birds congregate at a pond at the Luton Wildlife Management Area North Unit near Luton, Iowa Sunday, August 1, 2021 (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
The Luton Wildlife Management Area North Unit is home to a few species of birds and is situated near Luton, Iowa Sunday, August 1, 2021 (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Two mourning doves blend into a leafless bush at the Luton Wildlife Management Area North Unit near Luton, Iowa Sunday, August 1, 2021 (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
A gravel road leads to the Luton Wildlife Management Area North Unit near Luton, Iowa Sunday, August 1, 2021 (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Plants bloom at the Luton Wildlife Management Area North Unit near Luton, Iowa Sunday, August 1, 2021 (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
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