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North Raccoon Wildlife Area is building a recreation reputation

North Raccoon Wildlife Area is building a recreation reputation

  • 8/1/2017 11:44:00 AM
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The North Raccoon Wildlife Area just might be the biggest playground in Greene County. But rather than teeter-totters and swings, this playground offers excellent deer hunting, turkey, dove and rabbit hunting, river access and sandbar camping, bird watching, hiking and more.
Floodwaters damage Sweet Marsh Wildlife Area

Floodwaters damage Sweet Marsh Wildlife Area

  • 7/31/2017 8:35:00 AM
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TRIPOLI, Iowa - Heavy rainfall last weekend in the Wapsipinicon and Plum Creek watersheds in Chickasaw and Bremer counties has caused a 60 foot by 40 foot section of the dike on Martens Lake on the Sweet Marsh Wildlife Management Area to fail. The breach likely occurred during the night of July 23. 
Eagle Lake Wildlife Area is quietly becoming a really big deal

Eagle Lake Wildlife Area is quietly becoming a really big deal

  • 7/25/2017 1:23:00 PM
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ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - Eagle Lake is a survivor. The 290-acre natural shallow lake on the Iowa-Minnesota border in northern Emmet County staved off being drained entirely in the early 1900s by a newly formed drainage district on the lake’s south side.  
Three Rivers Wildlife Area is beginning to blossom

Three Rivers Wildlife Area is beginning to blossom

  • 7/18/2017 3:01:00 PM
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Thor, Iowa - Brothers Roger and Palmer Larson had a vision of what their farm could be in 2001 when they invited the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in for a visit.
Blue bullfrogs spotted in Iowa

Blue bullfrogs spotted in Iowa

  • 7/5/2017 2:14:00 PM
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There are several genes that make a frog green or brown, and these genes result in various structures being created in the frog’s skin layers.
Red Rock’s wild side

Red Rock’s wild side

  • 7/3/2017 11:23:00 AM
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The evidence was easy to see that hunters had found the recently mowed 10-acre sunflower field at the Red Rock Wildlife Area on the first day of dove season – 25-30 vehicles were parked along the road whose drivers had abandoned their bucket seats for real buckets set few rows deep in the remaining sunflowers waiting for the nation’s most popular game bird to come rocketing through.
Mountain lion killed Tuesday in Ida County

Mountain lion killed Tuesday in Ida County

  • 6/27/2017 1:03:00 PM
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Today, officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were called to dispatch a mountain lion from a farm near Galva, in northeast Ida County. 
Osprey: fishing perfection in feathers

Osprey: fishing perfection in feathers

  • 6/23/2017 2:30:00 PM
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From a hundred feet in the air, a hovering angler folds its wings, silently slipping downward like lightning from the sky, careening until a four-foot portion of the lake thunders into plumes of diamondized water droplets.
Drive with caution – does are on the move

Drive with caution – does are on the move

  • 6/6/2017 11:38:00 AM
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Early June is the second busiest month in Iowa behind the November rut for deer-vehicle collisions, as does are moving to more secluded areas prior to giving birth.
June is Great Outdoors month

June is Great Outdoors month

  • 5/30/2017 2:24:00 PM
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Iowa’s 2017 summer recreation season got off to a great start with a beautiful Memorial Day weekend and there are plenty more summer days ahead to enjoy the outdoors.
Peregrine falcons building on nesting successes

Peregrine falcons building on nesting successes

  • 5/9/2017 3:01:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Peregrine falcons have increased their presence in Iowa, with peregrine partners and volunteers now reporting 20 peregrine falcon territories in the state.
Public celebration planned for volunteers’ commitment to osprey restoration

Public celebration planned for volunteers’ commitment to osprey restoration

  • 5/2/2017 12:13:00 PM
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A public celebration of the volunteers and organizations integral in the return of ospreys to Iowa will be held at Quarry Springs in Colfax, on May 20, from 11-3. The Quarry Springs location, just east of the Colfax exit off I-80, has been home to two nesting pairs of ospreys that have been fishing from its waters.
Time to register for popular U of Iowa wildlife camps at six state parks

Time to register for popular U of Iowa wildlife camps at six state parks

  • 5/2/2017 12:11:00 PM
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Looking for a fun, enriching adventure for the kids this summer? Six Iowa state parks will host the popular University of Iowa Wildlife Camps for local families. The conservation education day-camp program will be offered at Maquoketa Caves, Mines of Spain, George Wyth, Springbrook, Viking Lake and Ledges state parks.
Indian Bluffs and Pictured Rocks wildlife areas to become a bird conservation area

Indian Bluffs and Pictured Rocks wildlife areas to become a bird conservation area

  • 4/25/2017 12:27:00 PM
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MONTICELLO – A public ceremony to dedicate the Indian Bluffs and Pictured Rocks wildlife areas including the privately owned Indian Bluffs State Preserve as Iowa’s newest Bird Conservation Area (BCA) will take place on May 10 at 1:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the Pictured Rocks Pavilion, located about four miles southeast of Monticello at the east end of 190th Street and just north of the boat ramp, located on the west side of the South Fork Maquoketa River.
Bishop to lead DNR Wildlife Bureau

Bishop to lead DNR Wildlife Bureau

  • 4/25/2017 12:21:00 PM
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DES MOINES –Todd Bishop has been hired as the head of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Bureau on April 12, replacing Dale Garner who was promoted to the administrator for the Conservation and Recreation Division in February.
Leave Wildlife babies where they belong --- In The Wild

Leave Wildlife babies where they belong --- In The Wild

  • 4/25/2017 12:19:00 PM
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It's as predictable as August heat.  From border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa.  From now until at least mid-June, DNR field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding "orphaned wildlife."
Bat survey looking for volunteers

Bat survey looking for volunteers

  • 4/18/2017 12:13:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University are looking for volunteers interested in performing night time surveys for bats in Hardin, Marshall, Jackson, and Dubuque counties. 
Annual spring wildlife survey underway

Annual spring wildlife survey underway

  • 4/4/2017 12:41:00 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.
Remember the Chickadee Check-off as tax season winds down

Remember the Chickadee Check-off as tax season winds down

  • 4/4/2017 12:37:00 PM
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Last year, roughly 7,500 out of 1.6 million Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state income tax form. Despite a steady increase in the total number of tax returns since 2009, the number of donations has stayed roughly the same since 2010.
Iowans celebrate water quality successes in annual review

Iowans celebrate water quality successes in annual review

  • 3/23/2017 11:54:00 AM
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DES MOINES — The efforts of Iowans to improve Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams have resulted in success stories across the state, and a new publication is showcasing some of the most impressive efforts over the last decade. 
Two bald eagles found shot in Webster County

Two bald eagles found shot in Webster County

  • 3/21/2017 11:49:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for the person or persons responsible for shooting two bald eagles in Webster County.
Six Iowa state parks to host University of Iowa wildlife camps

Six Iowa state parks to host University of Iowa wildlife camps

  • 3/7/2017 1:11:00 PM
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This summer, six Iowa state parks will host University of Iowa Wildlife Camps for families living near the parks. The popular conservation education day camp program will be offered at Maquoketa Caves, Mines of Spain, George Wyth, Springbrook, Viking Lake and Ledges state parks.
Group mapping out way to save the monarch butterfly

Group mapping out way to save the monarch butterfly

  • 2/28/2017 1:52:00 PM
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The recent study by the Mexican government released on Feb. 9 found the monarch butterfly population wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, returning its population to historically low levels.
Cool things you should know about Cooper's hawks

Cool things you should know about Cooper's hawks

  • 2/24/2017 5:14:00 PM
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Cooper’s hawks (Accipiter cooperii) are one of Iowa’s three accipiter species. (Accipiter is Latin for hawk and these species are primarily woodland raptors.) The Cooper’s hawk primarily dines on other birds. It’s the most widespread accipiter on the continent, with a range at least seasonally stretching from Panama to the southern tier of Canadian provinces.
Go wild - posters help support Iowa wildlife

Go wild - posters help support Iowa wildlife

  • 2/23/2017 12:15:00 PM
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What do monarchs and warblers have in common? They, along with more than 1,000 other birds, reptiles, insects, mammals and amphibians, rely on Iowans to support wildlife diversity initiatives in the state.
Clayton County deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease

Clayton County deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease

  • 2/1/2017 9:25:00 AM
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A wild deer taken during the 2016 deer hunting season northwest of Elkader has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is the first CWD positive wild deer confirmed outside of Allamakee County.
Eagle found shot at Polk County park

Eagle found shot at Polk County park

  • 1/26/2017 2:35:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for the person or persons responsible for shooting a bald eagle at Yellow Banks County Park, near the Des Moines River on the southeast side of Des Moines, and removing its head and talons.
Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Ventura Marsh

Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Ventura Marsh

  • 1/24/2017 4:45:00 PM
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VENTURA - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Ventura Marsh from Feb. 1 to April 1 to reduce the muskrat population and preserve the beneficial vegetation in the marsh.  This extension is only for muskrats and only for Ventura Marsh.
Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

  • 1/24/2017 1:20:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp has promoted Dr. Dale Garner to lead the division that oversees the Lands and Waters, Forestry, State Parks, Law Enforcement, Fisheries and Wildlife bureaus, replacing Kelley Myers who has accepted a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  
Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking imperiled wildlife

Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking imperiled wildlife

  • 1/24/2017 1:19:00 PM
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It’s 10:00 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 using this seemingly ordinary pond. 
Chickadee tax check-off hopes for a needed increase in donations on 2016 tax forms

Chickadee tax check-off hopes for a needed increase in donations on 2016 tax forms

  • 1/24/2017 1:17:00 PM
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Last year, roughly 7,500 out of 1.6 million Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form.  Despite a steady increase in the total number of returns since 2009, this amount has stayed roughly the same since 2010, with only small fluctuations.
Central Iowa trumpeter swan soiree

Central Iowa trumpeter swan soiree

  • 1/17/2017 2:02:00 PM
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The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree, celebrating North America’s largest waterfowl species at the Blank Park Zoo Friday, Jan. 27 from 6-8 p.m., and at Walnut Woods State Park on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
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