Little Sioux River Valley

Photo of Little Sioux River Valley in South Waterman Township near Dutch Fred's grave site

I LOVE it here!

Location: Little Sioux River Valley

Name: Bruce Morrison

Residence: Rural Hartley

What, Who, How, Why this photo is important to you:

This locale is very important to me for many reasons - most simply sentimental...the
glacial memory there, the Mill Creek Culture in the valley, a few hundred years removed,
the pioneer history, the natural history - Ada Hayden deemed this plot of ground as
"O'Brien No.1" in the early 1940's - declaring it needed to be preserved. The birds! The
sunrise! I could go on forever!

What makes you happy about O'Brien County:

What has made me happy about O'Brien County is the people that have recognized and
have actually taken steps to preserve our heritage - both natural and cultural

A Touring memory of O'Brien County:

We "tour" a lot for birds, but we have taken part in a survey for the DNR since 1994 -
it's called the "Frog and Toad" survey. We run a route 3 times a summer and record
each "tour" and submit these reports back to the Wildlife Diversity folks in Boone,
IA. We enjoy both the sights and sounds each summer - always a different experience.

What did you learn during Covid 19:

Mostly that I must like being out in the country by ourselves!

Favorite Quote:

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance
that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." --- Rachel Carson