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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.  
Winter Bird Feeding Basics

Winter Bird Feeding Basics

  • 11/27/2017 9:50:00 AM
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Peanuts are another favored food and can be mixed with sunflower seed or fed separately. With high levels of both fat and protein, peanuts are especially a favorite of woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, and Carolina wrens. And don’t forget the suet, definitely a cold-weather bird attractant that is eaten by most winter birds. It can be fed from a variety of feeders, ranging from a suet cage to a wooden suet feeder, which is designed so that birds feed on it while hanging upside down beneath it.
Public meeting to discuss bird conservation area near Ottumwa

Public meeting to discuss bird conservation area near Ottumwa

  • 11/21/2017 12:43:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will discuss the proposed designation of the region including Soap Creek, Fox Hills and Eldon Wildlife areas, Stephens State Forest, Lake Wapello State Park and Pioneer Ridge Nature Area as a state Bird Conservation Area (BCA) during a public meeting on Dec. 7. 
Fantastic Fisheries Work on Small Streams

Fantastic Fisheries Work on Small Streams

  • 11/20/2017 9:16:00 AM
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Through the Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring (MSIM) Project, Iowa State University and the Iowa DNR Wildlife Bureau have a partnership to sample small streams throughout the state for fish diversity.
Kellerton Grasslands named globally important bird area

Kellerton Grasslands named globally important bird area

  • 11/15/2017 10:55:00 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.  
Barn Owl Nesting Bonanza

Barn Owl Nesting Bonanza

  • 11/2/2017 8:45:00 AM
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While the documentation of 17 Barn Owl nests and 33 total records in 2016 was an all-time record high for Iowa, that record was more than doubled this year. Currently, 38 Barn Owl nests are documented in 26 counties, and 71 young Barn Owls have fledged from 26 nests.
Hunters, wildlife share the Lake Odessa lifestyle

Hunters, wildlife share the Lake Odessa lifestyle

  • 10/10/2017 12:53:00 PM
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Sitting along the west bank of the Mississippi River in Louisa County, Lake Odessa, with its network of islands, waterways and hidden sloughs, might be the wildest place in Iowa.
Iowa DNR to host chronic wasting disease meetings Oct. 11 in Harpers Ferry and Waukon and Oct. 17 in Elkader

Iowa DNR to host chronic wasting disease meetings Oct. 11 in Harpers Ferry and Waukon and Oct. 17 in Elkader

  • 10/3/2017 1:33:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled three meetings in northeast Iowa to discuss the results from the special scientific deer collection effort conducted during late January and February around Harpers Ferry and in the northern portion of Allamakee County. The collection effort was an important part of the Iowa DNR’s chronic wasting disease (CWD) monitoring.
7 cool things you should know about badgers

7 cool things you should know about badgers

  • 9/26/2017 2:55:00 PM
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You don’t need to dig too deep to know catching a glimpse of a badger is a rare sight in Iowa. However, that doesn’t mean they’re not around – they’re just good at keeping a low profile.
Riverton Wildlife Area is a high quality duck marsh and so much more

Riverton Wildlife Area is a high quality duck marsh and so much more

  • 9/19/2017 2:24:00 PM
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Riverton, Iowa - Hunters for generations have called the Riverton Wildlife Area home each fall. This high quality marsh in central Fremont County has been a magnet for ducks since the 1950s and '60s, when farmers finally quit trying to produce a crop from its wet soil.
Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival

Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival

  • 9/12/2017 2:53:00 PM
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A celebration of the monarch’s journey from Canada, through Iowa, to Mexico, will be held Sept. 17, from Noon to 4 p.m., at Blank Park Zoo, in Des Moines.
Spreading monarch-saving seed balls

Spreading monarch-saving seed balls

  • 9/6/2017 9:30:00 AM
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Milkweed Matters began in 2014 when group founder Kelly Guilbeau began throwing loose milkweed seeds along the RAGBRAI route. The following year, seed ball dispersal began with 2,000 thrown during the ride in collaboration with another organization; Monarchs in Eastern Iowa. Last year the number of seed balls jumped to 58,459—made at 79 different events statewide by 3,406 people. 
Former flood prone farmland now a popular wildlife area

Former flood prone farmland now a popular wildlife area

  • 9/5/2017 1:00:00 PM
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COGGON, Iowa - Word is starting to spread across the hunting circles in east-central Iowa, about a new wildlife area surrounding Buffalo Creek, on the Linn, Buchanan and Delaware County line.
Reports of nesting barn owls on the rise

Reports of nesting barn owls on the rise

  • 9/5/2017 12:58:00 PM
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State wildlife experts are crediting a series of mild winters and an abundance of meadow vole prey in grasslands for a nesting boon for barn owls, primarily across southern Iowa.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 14 at Storm Lake

Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 14 at Storm Lake

  • 9/5/2017 12:52:00 PM
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Storm Lake – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 14, in the conference room at King’s Pointe, 1520 East Lakeshore Drive, in Storm Lake.
Pheasant hunters should expect a repeat of 2016

Pheasant hunters should expect a repeat of 2016

  • 8/31/2017 1:39:00 PM
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It happens about as often as a total eclipse, but results from the Iowa roadside pheasant survey, conducted during the first two weeks of August, are not lining up with what is being reported from the field and by landowners from around the state.
Refuge on Hawkeye Wildlife Area open for teal, special September Canada goose seasons

Refuge on Hawkeye Wildlife Area open for teal, special September Canada goose seasons

  • 8/29/2017 1:12:00 PM
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Swisher, Iowa - The wildlife refuge section of the Hawkeye Wildlife Area on the west side of the Coralville Reservoir will be open to hunting until Sept. 20, to allow hunters access to public hunting areas for the special September Canada goose season for the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids zone as well as for the experimental teal season.
Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

  • 8/24/2017 2:28:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The metro’s newest recreational area is open for outdoor enthusiasts. On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, along with the Des Moines Water Works, the City of West Des Moines and the Friends of Walnut Woods State Park held a grand opening of Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area located off Army Post Road, southwest of Walnut Woods State Park.
Grand opening press event for Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area

Grand opening press event for Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area

  • 8/23/2017 1:00:00 PM
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 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with Des Moines Water Works, City of West Des Moines and the Friends of Walnut Woods State Park group, will hold a press conference for the grand opening of Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area. This lake and recreational area will create many new opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to recreate and enjoy the outdoors and be close to West Des Moines and Des Moines.
Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

  • 8/22/2017 12:00:00 PM
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Mount Ayr, Iowa – The Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is a 1,500-acre outdoor playground on the way to nowhere. While travelers are not likely to stumble upon it, hunters would be wise to know its location.
Landowners, hunters, bird watchers realize Big Marsh’s benefits

Landowners, hunters, bird watchers realize Big Marsh’s benefits

  • 8/15/2017 11:56:00 AM
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Parkersburg, Iowa - The Big Marsh Wildlife Area is a working example of the benefits of taking wet farmland where crops struggle 70 percent of the time and creating a large public area with expansive wetlands and prairies attractive to waterfowl and waterfowl hunters, snakes, shorebirds, pheasants, deer, turkeys and even endangered wood turtles.
Water level to drop at Diamond Lake ahead of renovation this fall

Water level to drop at Diamond Lake ahead of renovation this fall

  • 8/8/2017 1:41:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning a repeat of a successful restoration effort on Diamond Lake in Dickinson County. The DNR will lower the water level in the lake through this fall and winter to eliminate problem fish.
9 animals you probably won’t see in Iowa

9 animals you probably won’t see in Iowa

  • 8/4/2017 2:15:00 PM
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Whether they are on the endangered species list, only come out during certain times of the year, or are simply hard to see, these animals are rarely seen in Iowa.
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