– For many years, his name has meant good information on the natural world
for conservationists and those interested in trees, flowers and the like.
His work was like an outdoor encyclopedia on the
hoof. We all knew him, or at least his work. He died many years ago, but
his work in the natural resources field will live forever. At this moment,
I glance to my right and there in my bookshelves sits his book on Indiana
He was the first real expert on wild things, not
to mention the fact that he is the so-called father of our 13 Indiana State
I could recite his doings all day, and scarcely
touch them. But the purpose of this it is to point out that the Indiana
Wildlife Federation, the oldest conservation organization of the state,
is staging “Footprints,” a program on the late Mr. Deam’s life and work
by Sam Carmen of the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry,
who mimicks Mr. Deam.
It will be a luncheon affair at the State Museum,
650 West Washington Street, in Indianapolis. The buy-your-own- lunch is
set for noon, April 18 in the museum cafeteria, and Carmen’s program on
Mr. Deam is set for 1 p.m.
Still another feature of the program will be a
special exhibit of Indiana wildlife from the Ice Age to the present. Viewing
of this exhibit will be available after Carmen’s presentation of Mr. Deam’s
life and work.
Ticket information is available by calling the
In one ball of wax, it is a program that all Hoosiers
HOP TO IT
– With the season on frogs closing April 30 (until June 15), there is a
lot of time left to take a dinner of fried frog legs. But at this time
of year it takes a warm spell to bring them out at night . . . the customary
time to take them.
The old-fashioned frog hunt on a hot, dark night
of summer still is a great outdoor experience, even if the cooler nights
of spring keep frogs from spending a lot of time on the shore where they
are vulnerable to hunters (and the raccoons that feed on them). However,
in the cooler temperatures of spring, frogs still make themselves more
available by day. At night time, the custom is blinding them with the beam
of a flashlight, but they still can be taken in spring.
Often, in spring, by day, frogs do not go to dry
land . . . as they do at night . . . but sit high and dry for catching
insects (and small water inhabitants) in the edge, or fully, in water.
At this time, a fishhook dressed with any color of cloth or hair will put
them on the feed. At times, even a small artificial lure cast close to
them and twitched gently will hook the prey.
Actually, I think frogs have a better taste in
the spring than those taken in the summer because the water they live in
is more free of mud and other untasty elements.
Some outdoors folks – including some biologists
– do not agree with my thinking that a burgeoning raccoon population can
be held responsible for a downturn in frog populations. But I find it rather
conclusive that ‘coon populations went up as frog numbers declined. Of
course, other wild animals and birds had their fingers in the pie.