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Join the search for Iowa's endangered bumble bee

Join the search for Iowa's endangered bumble bee

  • 8/7/2018 2:24:00 PM
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The rusty patched bumble bee was designated as endangered by the federal government in 2017, after determining that the population had declined 87 percent in the last 20 years and is only present on 0.1 percent of its historic range.
DNR Investigating red color in a Cherokee County stream

DNR Investigating red color in a Cherokee County stream

  • 10/13/2016 7:36:00 AM
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LARRABEE - After a report from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office Wednesday afternoon, the DNR is looking for the cause of a red color in Bear Creek about four miles west of Larrabee.
7 must-see waterfalls in Iowa State Parks

7 must-see waterfalls in Iowa State Parks

  • 9/29/2016 2:39:00 PM
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From nature's splendor to man-made spillways, these water features are definitely wonderful. Below, get the full list of Iowa's waterfalls, how to get to each one, and ideas on other things to do in the area while on your waterfall tour.
7 Tips for Starting a Backyard Pollinator Garden

7 Tips for Starting a Backyard Pollinator Garden

  • 8/11/2016 1:05:00 PM
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Not all wildlife is supersized. Small animals, including insects and hummingbirds, are responsible for the processes that bring us everything from cotton for clothes to the strawberries in the supermarket. According to the American Honeybee Federation, honeybees alone are responsible for up to 90 percent of the pollination of certain crops, and contribute more than a $14 billion value to the U.S. agricultural industry. With the recent declines in honeybee and monarch butterfly populations, you can make an importa...
Iowa Fisheries Biologist Recognized for Excellence in Research

Iowa Fisheries Biologist Recognized for Excellence in Research

  • 7/5/2016 11:28:00 AM
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Iowa fisheries research biologist Jonathan Meerbeek was recognized as the Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) at their annual meeting last week in Saint Louis.
Know Your Catch: How to ID Northern Pike and Muskies

Know Your Catch: How to ID Northern Pike and Muskies

  • 5/25/2016 10:47:00 AM
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Pikes and muskellunge are both predatory prize fish any angler would love to catch, but knowing the difference between the two makes a big difference in your fishing story… especially if you need to tell it to a conservation officer, because the rules for these species are different. Check out the easy tips below for identifying what’s on your line and what to do about it.
Edible Outdoors Coming to Des Moines Social Club March 24

Edible Outdoors Coming to Des Moines Social Club March 24

  • 3/10/2016 7:45:00 AM
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DES MOINES - A new venture in the metro is connecting adults with Polk County’s natural resources where they learn to forage, hunt and fish. Edible Outdoors Des Moines is kicking off on March 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Des Moines Social Club for anyone interested in learning more about the program. Join us and try your hand at fly tying, build a seed ball to attract pollinators to your neighborhood, and create a beeswax candle all while enjoying delicious wild game hors d’oeuvres.
Eight Historical CCC Parks To Visit in Iowa

Eight Historical CCC Parks To Visit in Iowa

  • 3/31/2015 10:26:00 AM
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From the iconic boathouse at Backbone, to the spillway at Beeds Lake, to the varied and beautiful stone lodges and shelters within so many of our parks, we owe a debt of gratitude to the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Celebrate the CCC’s anniversary, March 31, by planning a trip to one of these stand-out examples of CCC projects in Iowa.