Larry Stone’s boyhood fascination with the creeks and woodlots on his family’s southern Iowa farm brings authenticity to his nature photography, writing and lectures. With degrees in biology and journalism, he also understands the natural world and can communicate the wonders of outdoor experiences. During a 25-year career with the Des Moines Register, from 1972-1997, Larry traveled throughout Iowa, sharing stories and photos of the state’s natural treasures.
His work also has appeared in The Iowan, Iowa Natural Heritage, Pheasants Forever, Our Iowa and other magazines. Larry has received awards from the Iowa Wildlife Federation, the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Iowa Sportsmen’s Federation, the Iowa Division of the Izaak Walton League of America, the Association of Earth Science Editors, the International Regional Magazine Association and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He is a member of the Clayton County Conservation Board. Larry and his wife, Margaret, live near Elkader, where they manage woodlands, native prairie and reconstructed prairie on a farm along the Turkey River. Larry also operates a small business specializing in natural history books.
Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady
The late Gladys Black of Pleasantville was widely known throughout Iowa as a conservationist, educator and amateur expert on birds. Larry and co-author Jon Stravers have written a book about Gladys. Larry’s slide program acknowledges this colorful woman’s impact on so many Iowans.
Whitetail: Treasure, Trophy or Trouble?
Although Iowa’s original deer herd vanished in the face of white settlement, the animals rebounded during the 20th century to the point of overpopulation. Adapted from a 2003 book written for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, “Whitetail” traces that history. It’s a story with broad appeal to farmers, hunters, motorists and wildlife watchers—anyone whose life has been affected by Iowa deer.
Iowa: Portrait of the Land
Based on Larry’s award-winning Earth Year 2000 book for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, “Portrait” is a reminder to Iowans of the rich history of their natural resources, with an appeal for protecting that heritage.