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Eldon, Fox Hills Wildlife Areas still wild after all these years

Eldon, Fox Hills Wildlife Areas still wild after all these years

  • 7/3/2018 11:46:00 AM
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Ottumwa - Iowa’s newest bird conservation area includes two public wildlife areas steeped in pioneer history and important to generations of Sac and Fox tribes. The Eldon Wildlife Area and Fox Hills Wildlife Area, near the Des Moines River southeast of Ottumwa, provide nearly 2,700 acres of public land to hike, hunt, birdwatch, fish and camp.
Help the DNR count turkeys this summer

Help the DNR count turkeys this summer

  • 7/3/2018 11:43:00 AM
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Hunters can help the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with its annual population estimates by reporting all the turkeys seen in July and August.
Hands-on outdoor programs brings wildlife up close

Hands-on outdoor programs brings wildlife up close

  • 7/3/2018 11:39:00 AM
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MADRID - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Wildlife Center are partnering in three events focusing on living with Iowa wildlife.  The events are free and open to all ages.
Kettleson Hogsback is like nowhere else in Iowa

Kettleson Hogsback is like nowhere else in Iowa

  • 6/19/2018 1:35:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE - Dickinson County is home to a unique Iowa glacial area that has been attracting thousands of visitors a year, some from as far away as California, just to enjoy the scenery.
New Hartford man charged with harboring endangered species

New Hartford man charged with harboring endangered species

  • 6/7/2018 12:58:00 PM
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NEW HARTFORD, Iowa -- On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at approximately 5:50 PM, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, with the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol, executed a search warrant at 309 Packwaukee Street in New Hartford after anonymous complaints about endangered species housed within the residence.
Historic photos guiding management decisions at Hooper Wildlife Area

Historic photos guiding management decisions at Hooper Wildlife Area

  • 6/6/2018 9:38:00 AM
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Indianola - The Hooper Wildlife Area is a highly popular place to hunt deer and turkeys, but outside of those seasons, it doesn’t receive much attention, save for the lake. But that quietness of the offseason could be changing thanks to a series of old photos that are helping to transform the area.
Iowans reminded not to “rescue” wildlife babies

Iowans reminded not to “rescue” wildlife babies

  • 5/16/2018 11:19:00 AM
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Springtime means baby season for Iowa wildlife, beginning with the first hatched great horned owls in March on to June when most of the pheasant chicks arrive and nothing looks more innocent and cute than baby animals. Just check the internet.
New plan aims to reverse monarch butterfly decline

New plan aims to reverse monarch butterfly decline

  • 5/15/2018 12:03:00 PM
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The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population.
Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

  • 5/15/2018 12:01:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds all boaters and anglers to “Clean, Drain, and Dry” their boats and equipment this Memorial Day weekend to protect Iowa lakes and rivers from aquatic hitchhikers.
Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

  • 5/8/2018 11:57:00 AM
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Iowa’s 2018 reported spring turkey harvest is approaching 9,300 birds. Last year, hunters reported nearly 11,800 turkeys. Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season ends May 20.
Southwest Iowa will be home to eight new trumpeter swans on May 10 and 11

Southwest Iowa will be home to eight new trumpeter swans on May 10 and 11

  • 4/24/2018 12:21:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release eight trumpeter swans at three locations in southwest Iowa as part of the effort to create a self-sustaining population of swans south of Interstate 80. All releases will occur rain or shine.
Build your own simple nest box for ducks

Build your own simple nest box for ducks

  • 4/12/2018 3:47:00 PM
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Get inspired to attract hooded mergansers and wood ducks to your area with these easy-to-make DIY nest box plans. They work best where these ducks love to nest—wooded wetlands, riverbanks and shorelines.
Natural Resource Commission to meet April 12

Natural Resource Commission to meet April 12

  • 4/6/2018 2:33:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m. on April 12, in the four floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Annual spring wildlife survey underway

Annual spring wildlife survey underway

  • 4/3/2018 1:11:00 PM
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Ordinarily, a slow-moving vehicle at night in the Iowa countryside spotlighting deer, raccoons or coyotes would send Iowans to their phone, speed-dialing their local conservation officer, but in this case, it may be the officer doing the shining.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/27/2018 1:05:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Black Hawk Wildlife Unit in Sac, Pocahontas and Cherokee counties.
15th Annual Prairie Chicken Day is April 7

15th Annual Prairie Chicken Day is April 7

  • 3/20/2018 12:58:00 PM
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Kellerton, Iowa - The first rhythmic and haunting cooing begins as the night sky fades and sunrise begins. The short grass prairie booming grounds prepares for a display found nowhere else in Iowa.
Iowa Sets Goal for Monarch Conservation

Iowa Sets Goal for Monarch Conservation

  • 3/13/2018 2:27:00 PM
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The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has set a goal of acres devoted to monarch butterfly habitat in the state by 2038.
Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking imperiled wildlife

Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking imperiled wildlife

  • 2/6/2018 2:12:00 PM
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It’s 10 o’clock on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa. In the farm pond next to the road a raucous chorus of male frogs are making themselves heard as they vie for mates. A volunteer stands clipboard in hand, ear cocked, mentally sorting out each of the calling species which are using this seemingly ordinary pond. 
Soap Creek and Stephens State Forest to become a bird conservation area

Soap Creek and Stephens State Forest to become a bird conservation area

  • 1/23/2018 10:07:00 AM
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OTTUMWA - A public ceremony to dedicate Soap Creek and Eldon Wildlife Areas, Stephens State Forest Unionville Unit, Lake Wapello State Park, and a portion of the Soap Creek watershed as Iowa’s newest Bird Conservation Area (BCA) will take place on Thursday, February 8 at 1:30 pm.
Trumpeter swan soiree returns to central Iowa

Trumpeter swan soiree returns to central Iowa

  • 1/9/2018 12:43:00 PM
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The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree, celebrating North America’s largest waterfowl species, at Walnut Woods State Park from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., on Jan. 27.
Cool things you should know about skunks (yes, skunks)

Cool things you should know about skunks (yes, skunks)

  • 1/8/2018 12:09:00 PM
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When you think of skunks, you probably think of their stinky spray or how they dig up your lawn. But did you know that they play an important role in insect control and sometimes even the production of fragrances?
Elusive elk put down Saturday by wildlife officials

Elusive elk put down Saturday by wildlife officials

  • 12/19/2017 2:21:00 PM
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An elk of unknown origin in eastern Iowa was shot Saturday afternoon to protect the Iowa deer herd and domestic livestock from the potential impacts of chronic wasting disease and other diseases.
Iowa deer harvest tops 90,000

Iowa deer harvest tops 90,000

  • 12/19/2017 2:20:00 PM
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The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running more than 5 percent ahead of the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 90,955 deer have been reported, compared to 86,506 for the same period last year.
DNR awards over $220,000 in grants to 92 Iowa fire departments

DNR awards over $220,000 in grants to 92 Iowa fire departments

  • 12/19/2017 2:18:00 PM
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AMES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry - Fire Program, in cooperation with US Forest Service - State and Private Forestry, has awarded $224,799 in 50% cost-share grants to 92 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.
Tax Season is Almost Here - Hurrah!

Tax Season is Almost Here - Hurrah!

  • 12/14/2017 9:40:00 AM
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It may seem odd to cheer the start of tax season, but for the Wildlife Diversity Program it means a season of giving.
Annual winter bird survey opens Dec. 14

Annual winter bird survey opens Dec. 14

  • 12/12/2017 2:04:00 PM
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The annual Christmas bird count begins across Iowa with volunteers working with count coordinators from the Iowa Ornithologists Union to identify one day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 to count every bird – seen or heard – in their designated area.
Hawkeye Wildlife Area refuge opens Dec. 19

Hawkeye Wildlife Area refuge opens Dec. 19

  • 12/8/2017 11:28:00 AM
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The wildlife refuge at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County will be open for public use, including hunting and trapping, on Dec. 19. 
Kellerton Grasslands Named a Globally Important Bird Area

Kellerton Grasslands Named a Globally Important Bird Area

  • 12/8/2017 9:12:00 AM
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In August, Ringgold County’s Kellerton Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) was elevated to status of a Globally Important Bird Area (GIBA) by BirdLife International, based in Great Britain, and the National Audubon Society.
Winter-time Land Management Tips for Wildlife Diversity

Winter-time Land Management Tips for Wildlife Diversity

  • 11/27/2017 2:59:00 PM
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Iowa's fascinating wildlife diversity consists of a wide array of species and their habitats. From wetlands and woodlands to prairies and pastures, habitat needs for wildlife can begin with you and your land. Most of us think cold weather means we have to hunker down by the fire and wait until spring. Fortunately, winter is a great time for land management!  Here are three important wildlife management practices that can be done right now.  
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