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A Return to Glory Days at Little Storm

A Return to Glory Days at Little Storm

  • 2/17/2016 9:47:00 AM
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Longtime Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse remembers the glory days of waterfowl hunting in Little Storm Lake during the 1960s and’70s, but by the early ‘80s the ducks were gone. The marsh became a silt-filled carp nursery with little vegetation.
Chickadee Tax Check-Off Seeking Rise in Donations on 2015 Tax Forms

Chickadee Tax Check-Off Seeking Rise in Donations on 2015 Tax Forms

  • 2/16/2016 8:19:00 AM
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Last year, roughly 7,500 out of 1.5 million Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form. This marks the first year in the last five where contributions and the number of contributors to the Fish and Wildlife fund have gone down. Donations to all the state tax form check-offs were down on 2014 returns.
Des Moines to Host Two Bald Eagle Events

Des Moines to Host Two Bald Eagle Events

  • 2/9/2016 6:24:00 AM
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Two events this week will help Iowans to better acquaint themselves with bald eagles. Both events are free and open to the public.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet February 11 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet February 11 in Des Moines

  • 2/4/2016 9:12:00 AM
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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 Feb. 11, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines. The meeting is open to the public.
Iowa Citizens Playing Key Role in Tracking Imperiled Wildlife

Iowa Citizens Playing Key Role in Tracking Imperiled Wildlife

  • 2/2/2016 7:16:00 AM
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Peering through binoculars, a citizen scientist is watching a huge nest in a tree that is home to two bald eagles and their young, or are there three young in that nest? Hard to tell and a follow up visit will be needed; in the meantime, notes are taken and a peaceful hour is spent watching one of the most spectacular birds in North America.
Golden in Search of Wings: Iowa's Golden Eagles

Golden in Search of Wings: Iowa's Golden Eagles

  • 1/28/2016 9:26:00 AM
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Once thought as wanderers from the Rocky Mountains and western states, research shows Iowa’s wintering golden eagles travel thousands of miles from the far, far north.
49th General CRP Signup Underway

49th General CRP Signup Underway

  • 1/21/2016 6:55:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Late in December the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the 49th general signup for the popular Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
8 Festive Birdfeeders to Make This Winter

8 Festive Birdfeeders to Make This Winter

  • 1/19/2016 9:58:00 AM
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While you may deal with this cold season by filling up on holiday treats and game day goodies, winter can be a lean time for Iowa wildlife. To help your feathered friends find a meal, take a few minutes to create one of these festive feeders for your yard, or make a fancy batch as a gift.
Contributions to Chickadee Check-Off on State Tax Form Continues Its Modest Rise

Contributions to Chickadee Check-Off on State Tax Form Continues Its Modest Rise

  • 1/19/2016 7:26:00 AM
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Last year, roughly 7,500 out of a total 1.5 million Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form. This marks the first year in the last five where contributions and the number of contributors to the Fish and Wildlife fund have gone down. Donations to all the state tax form check-offs were down on 2014 returns.
How to Tell a Golden Eagle from a Bald Eagle

How to Tell a Golden Eagle from a Bald Eagle

  • 1/19/2016 4:50:00 AM
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Differentiating between a golden eagle and an immature bald eagle can be challenging. But sharp-eyed observers can tell the differences in the wings.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet January 20 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet January 20 in Des Moines

  • 1/15/2016 5:34:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet 1 p.m., Jan. 20, in the second floor north conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Commissions Will Meet Jointly January 20

Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Commissions Will Meet Jointly January 20

  • 1/15/2016 5:29:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The Environmental Protection Commission and the Natural Resources Commission, both of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will meet jointly Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Wallace Building second floor north conference room at 502 E. Ninth St. in Des Moines. Each commission will present its annual report followed by reports of mutual interest from DNR staff.
Trumpeter Swan Soiree in Polk County Jan 30

Trumpeter Swan Soiree in Polk County Jan 30

  • 1/12/2016 10:16:00 AM
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The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree, celebrating North America’s largest waterfowl species, at the Des Moines Dale Maffitt Reservoir and at Walnut Woods State Park lodge on Saturday, Jan. 30.
6 Ways to Start Off the New Year Outdoors

6 Ways to Start Off the New Year Outdoors

  • 12/29/2015 9:37:00 AM
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What better way to celebrate the new year than by getting outdoors? Here are a few ideas to get your year off to a good start!
2016 Bald Eagle Watch Events

2016 Bald Eagle Watch Events

  • 12/22/2015 5:21:00 AM
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The schedule of 2016 Bald Eagle Watch Events have been published. Plan a visit to one of the following locations for live viewing, exhibits, programs and more.
12 Tips for Better Wildlife Photography

12 Tips for Better Wildlife Photography

  • 12/11/2015 9:34:00 AM
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Anyone can take a picture of an animal, but it takes skill to get a good one. Whether you’ve got a secondhand point-and-shoot camera or a top-of-the-line DSLR, remember these tips to help you get your best wildlife shots this season.
DNR Asks for Anglers' Help with Study on Mudpuppies

DNR Asks for Anglers' Help with Study on Mudpuppies

  • 12/10/2015 9:04:00 AM
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At first glance, it’s hard to know what to make of this creature. A head like a dragon, gills on the outside of a fish-like body… what is this thing? The mysterious mudpuppy is the largest member of the salamander family in Iowa. It’s mostly nocturnal, never leaves the water and unlike almost every other reptile or amphibian in Iowa, this one is actually active in winter.
Give the Gift that Lasts All Year: Iowa Outdoors Magazine

Give the Gift that Lasts All Year: Iowa Outdoors Magazine

  • 12/8/2015 7:07:00 AM
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Take advantage of a special 30 percent off the regular subscription price, and give Iowa Outdoors Magazine to your friends or family this holiday season! Six issues (one-year) are just $10 and will include the 2017 calendar.
Wood Ducks Cuffed for Migratory Behavior

Wood Ducks Cuffed for Migratory Behavior

  • 11/18/2015 6:22:00 AM
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Each year in late summer at 31 Iowa locations, seclusive wood ducks are captured and banded as part of a U.S. and Canadian effort to learn their migratory pathways, survival rates and breeding areas. The efforts help establish hunting seasons and regulations.
Cool Things You Should Know About Crayfish

Cool Things You Should Know About Crayfish

  • 11/18/2015 4:57:00 AM
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Whether you call it a crawdad, crayfish, or crawfish, the facts on these critters can be amazing. They can regrow legs, carry up to 450 eggs, and they’ve lived in Iowa for 13,000 years. And then there are cool blue crayfish like this one, called virile crayfish - scientists believe a recessive gene causes the bright blue coloring.
7 Cool Things You Should Know About Opossums

7 Cool Things You Should Know About Opossums

  • 11/12/2015 8:54:00 AM
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Opossums may not win a beauty pageant anytime soon, since these marsupials look similar to oversized rats, but they actually aren’t nearly as gnarly as they appear. In fact, they’re one of the most unique animals in Iowa, and they have ecological benefits in both natural and urban environments. So the next time you see one of these little foragers, think about what good they might be doing for you instead of grabbing the broom.
Habitat Work to Begin at Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Habitat Work to Begin at Badger Creek State Recreation Area

  • 11/12/2015 8:10:00 AM
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Van Meter, Iowa - Contractors will begin removing invasive plants and other brush at two areas at Badger Creek State Recreation Area in Madison County this fall as part of a multiyear project to convert the area to native prairie.
Elk Shot In Monona County Sunday

Elk Shot In Monona County Sunday

  • 11/9/2015 9:25:00 AM
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An elk of unknown origin in west central Iowa was shot at the request of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Sunday morning to protect the Iowa deer herd and domestic livestock from the potential impacts of chronic wasting disease and other diseases.
6 Cool Things You Should Know About Coyotes

6 Cool Things You Should Know About Coyotes

  • 11/4/2015 5:01:00 AM
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Coyotes are the most common wild canine species in Iowa, and their ancestors have been here for millions of years. Today, these majestic and mysterious animals continue to impact the ecology of Iowa and now act as our most common large predator. Although it’s difficult to estimate current numbers, lack of competition and plentiful food sources mean the Iowa population is likely at an all-time high.
DNR Unveils New Face to Website

DNR Unveils New Face to Website

  • 11/3/2015 8:01:00 AM
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Visitors to www.iowadnr.gov will notice a new “look and feel” to the DNR website, offering friendlier navigation and more prominent access to the information visitors want most. The DNR introduced the updated site in late October and has received positive feedback from people visiting the website.
Cool Things You Should Know About Bobcats in Iowa

Cool Things You Should Know About Bobcats in Iowa

  • 10/21/2015 7:42:00 AM
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At the brink of being wiped out in Iowa just a few decades ago, the bobcat has staged a major comeback in the state. Even with more cats around – mostly in southern counties – it’s still not common to see one, as they’re a pretty secretive bunch. But here are a few bobcat “secrets” you can share with your friends.
Wounded Swan Captured in Scott County

Wounded Swan Captured in Scott County

  • 10/9/2015 2:57:00 AM
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DAVENPORT – A Trumpeter swan wounded last weekend at Princeton Wildlife Area has been captured and will soon be on its way to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Adding Habitat Important to Grow Pheasant Numbers

Adding Habitat Important to Grow Pheasant Numbers

  • 10/6/2015 11:00:00 AM
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Iowa pheasants have enjoyed a good two-year run of milder winters leading to the highest bird numbers since 2008, but that run of good luck can’t last forever. Weather and habitat are keys to bird survival and over the last eight years Iowa has lost 500,000 acres of CRP statewide.
  Two Charged After Allegedly Shooting Swans

Two Charged After Allegedly Shooting Swans

  • 10/4/2015 11:00:00 AM
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DAVENPORT – Two men have been charged after allegedly shooting two Trumpeter swans at the Princeton Wildlife Area in Scott County.
  Lake Sugema and Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Becoming a Bird Conservation Area

Lake Sugema and Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Becoming a Bird Conservation Area

  • 9/29/2015 11:00:00 AM
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KEOSAUQUA – A public ceremony to dedicate Lake Sugema Wildlife Management Area, Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Shimek State Forest Keosauqua Unit, and a portion of the Fox River watershed as Iowa’s newest Bird Conservation Area (BCA) will take place on October 15 at 1:30 pm. at the Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge.
6 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Raccoons

6 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Raccoons

  • 9/22/2015 11:00:00 AM
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Whether you call them trash bandits or just ‘coons, most everyone in Iowa has met this prominent Midwest mammal. While they may have a rather unfavorable reputation in urban environments for ransacking trash cans, they’re one of the best urban-adapted animals in existence today and fill a necessary ecological niche around the world. See how well you know your local masked bandit with the trivia below!
5 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Otters

5 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Otters

  • 9/9/2015 11:00:00 AM
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While assorted species of otters live on all but two continents, the only species we have in Iowa today is the North American river otter. These chummy, playful mammals are characterized as clever and mischievous, but there’s a lot more to an otter than that!
11 Extinct Animals You Didn’t Know Were Iowan

11 Extinct Animals You Didn’t Know Were Iowan

  • 9/9/2015 11:00:00 AM
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As the eons have seen many species come and go across the globe, you may be surprised by some of the species that once called what we now know as Iowa home.
Monarchs Embark on Nature’s Most Incredible Migration

Monarchs Embark on Nature’s Most Incredible Migration

  • 9/9/2015 11:00:00 AM
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As the days grow shorter and fall approaches, newly emerged monarch butterflies become restless. Although the bright orange- and black-winged insects currently visiting backyard flowerbeds may appear identical to those seen earlier in the summer, they are biologically different from all others. The group of adults currently flittering about are so unusual that scientists give them a special name—this year’s final crop of young are the annual super generation.
Helpful Identification Guides for Iowa Plants, Wildlife

Helpful Identification Guides for Iowa Plants, Wildlife

  • 9/9/2015 11:00:00 AM
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If you’re the curious type that likes to know the name of the spider you found on your porch or just what that prairie-looking flower is that came up in your garden, you’ll appreciate these online identification resources.
6 Things You Might not Know About Iowa's Turtles

6 Things You Might not Know About Iowa's Turtles

  • 9/8/2015 11:00:00 AM
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Whether they walk on land or paddle in the river, the 17 species of turtles we have in Iowa are much more complex than meets the eye - many tout extensive lifespans and specific habitat needs. See how much turtle trivia you know:
7 Ways to Attract Songbirds to Your Yard

7 Ways to Attract Songbirds to Your Yard

  • 9/2/2015 11:00:00 AM
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Whether you’re trying to attract photo subjects or some cute little neighbors for company, creating a songbird habitat in your yard is a great way to get nature to come to you. No matter if you’ve got a yard the size of a postage stamp or a full acreage, there are plenty of ways to draw in the feathered friends you’re looking for. Check out the tips and tricks below for making your yard as homey as possible.
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