Pheasant hunting season

WHEN: 8 a.m. today-Jan. 28 


DETAILS: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources expects about 50,000 orange-clad hunters to participate in the opening of the state’s 2017 pheasant hunting season. In 2016, hunters harvested about 250,000 roosters. Iowa’s quail hunting season also opens today and continues through Jan. 31. For more information about upland game hunting in Iowa, go to

Trout release

WHEN: 10 a.m. today

WHERE: Discovery Park, 3300 Cedar St., Muscatine

DETAILS: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to stock Discovery Pond with 1,000 trout. One hundred fish will be tagged for prizes. Anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a trout permit to participate. For more information on trout fishing rules and regulations, go to

Planetarium show 

WHEN: 7:30-9 p.m. today

WHERE: John Deere Planetarium, Augustana College, 820 38th St., Rock Island

DETAILS: Weather permitting, the annual fall open house will feature indoor and outdoor programs led by planetarium director Lee Carkner. The free event includes a planetarium show, which will display the night sky on the facility's 30-foot dome with the Spitz A3P projector. The Fryxell Geology Museum also will be open to the public. 

Migration paddle

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4

WHERE: Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge, 10728 County Road X61, Wapello, Iowa

DETAILS: Paddle along the Odessa Water Trail and admire the seasonal journey of birds. Because of the colder air and water temperatures, previous paddle experience is a must. Call 319-523-8381 to register.

Wild edible workshop

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 4

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Naturalist Becky Horton will teach participants about plant identification, foraging basics and preparing wild edibles. The group will take a hike outdoors to identify and harvest available wild edibles. There will be samples at the end of the program. Call 563-328-3286 to register.   

Becoming a weather scientist

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Meteorologist Donna Dubberke of the National Weather Service in Davenport will discuss ways for people to serve as "citizen scientists." Attendees will learn about storm spotting, observing rainfall and more. Call 563-328-3286 to register.

Black Hawk Hiking Club

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

WHERE: 101 Ranch, 12010 70th St., Blue Grass

DETAILS: Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club and explore private property owned by Dr. Richard and Judy Kreiter. The 250-acre site consists of about six miles of rolling hilly trails, a two-acre pond and a historic stone house built in 1844. For more information, including directions, go to

Fall migration bus tours

WHEN: 10 a.m. (full) and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18

WHERE: Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge, 10728 County Road X61, Wapello, Iowa

DETAILS: The two-hour bus trips will tour the 5½-mile loop in the Louisa Division of the refuge, which primarily is managed for migratory birds and other wildlife. Waterfowl migration usually peaks in November, and participants will likely have the opportunity to observe numerous ducks and geese. Refuge staff will serve as tour guides. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be provided. To reserve a seat on the 1 p.m. bus tour, call the refuge at 319-523-6982. For more information, go to


Jack Cullen uncovers different slices of life for the Quad-City Times. He previously covered the city of Bettendorf. When he's not reporting, Jack enjoys coaching tennis and exploring the outdoors.