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Winter urban trout stocking starts Jan. 13

Winter urban trout stocking starts Jan. 13

  • 1/2/2018 1:48:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.
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.
Be bold and try winter camping

Be bold and try winter camping

  • 1/11/2017 9:47:00 AM
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Let’s face it—winter camping has some initial challenges, but the rewards are silence, serenity and having big places to yourself. Create active daytimes with hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, then be prepared for winter’s long nights with good lighting gear to illuminate camp. Breaking into winter camping isn’t hard, but you’ll rely on good gear and solid skills. Here’s a  few basics.
How do plants come back each year if they die in the winter?

How do plants come back each year if they die in the winter?

  • 1/10/2017 11:23:00 AM
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As the wind grows cooler, leaves drop and snow begins to fall, it’s easy to look at a shriveled, brown plant in the yard and think it’s dead. But that’s just what’s above the surface. Below ground, the plant is still alive, just settled in for a long winter’s nap.
Winter urban trout stocking begins Jan. 14

Winter urban trout stocking begins Jan. 14

  • 12/27/2016 2:13:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.
Spend a winter day ice fishing

Spend a winter day ice fishing

  • 12/27/2016 2:12:00 PM
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Get a group of friends and/or family together, bundle up and try ice fishing this winter. Ice fishing is a fun, social winter activity best enjoyed as a group.
Are you ready for winter?

Are you ready for winter?

  • 12/22/2016 2:43:00 PM
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Restrictions on Manure Application on Frozen Ground started Dec. 21.
Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 12/20/2016 12:00:00 PM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa and sending anglers out for the popular early ice fishing of the season.
Take a winter retreat at Lake of Three Fires

Take a winter retreat at Lake of Three Fires

  • 12/8/2016 5:22:00 PM
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For a weekend getaway with friends, where nothing will interrupt relaxation or quiet connecting, this southern Iowa park, 25 miles east of Clarinda, is ideal.
Put More Urban Trout In Your Creel

Put More Urban Trout In Your Creel

  • 12/8/2016 4:19:00 PM
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The DNR keeps expanding its urban trout program, which brings trout fishing closer to anglers across Iowa.
Iowa State Parks offer great winter cabin getaways

Iowa State Parks offer great winter cabin getaways

  • 12/7/2016 11:23:00 AM
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The quiet solitude that makes a perfect winter getaway is waiting for you in beautiful, comfortable year-round cabins at several Iowa state parks. It’s a great time to take advantage of trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and wildlife watching. And many of the parks have great ice fishing lakes.
Many Iowa Evergreens Showing Signs of Winter Burn

Many Iowa Evergreens Showing Signs of Winter Burn

  • 4/5/2016 6:32:00 AM
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Conifers, or evergreen trees, provide color and wind protection to the Iowa landscape during the winter months. However, this year, many of these trees are showing signs of winter desiccation, also known as winter burn.
Cabin Fever: Backbone State Park

Cabin Fever: Backbone State Park

  • 1/19/2016 8:11:00 AM
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In Iowa’s oldest state park, old man winter won’t slow you down–he’s just part of the scenery.
Winter Paddling Provides Thrills

Winter Paddling Provides Thrills

  • 1/5/2016 10:29:00 AM
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Iowa paddlers and other water recreationists have been treated to above average temperatures and open water since November. While ice anglers have been grumbling, some paddlers have taken enjoyed the extended paddling season the mild winter has brought. Most rivers are ice free and running high from the December rains.
Are There Winter Tornadoes in Iowa?

Are There Winter Tornadoes in Iowa?

  • 1/5/2016 9:00:00 AM
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Because tornadoes usually require warm, humid air to form, it’s not surprising winter tornadoes are rare in Iowa. But they can happen, and occur more frequently in the southern states during winter versus the Upper Midwest.
11 Great Winter Cabin Getaways in Iowa State Parks

11 Great Winter Cabin Getaways in Iowa State Parks

  • 12/30/2015 9:26:00 AM
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The quiet solitude that makes a perfect winter getaway is waiting for you in beautiful, comfortable year-round cabins at several Iowa state parks. It’s a great time to take advantage of hiking trails (many allow cross-country skiing and snowmobiling), wildlife watching (deer and birds galore), fishing and more.
6 Ways to Start Off the New Year Outdoors

6 Ways to Start Off the New Year Outdoors

  • 12/29/2015 10:37:00 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!
Winter Trout Stocking Begins Jan 9

Winter Trout Stocking Begins Jan 9

  • 12/29/2015 7:47:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.
Jump Into Winter Wildlife Tracking

Jump Into Winter Wildlife Tracking

  • 2/25/2015 4:28:00 AM
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Kids (of all ages!) love discovery, and what better way to feed that need than by turning snowbound winter days into a fun family or couple’s outing. Better yet, set aside time for regular outdoor jaunts to create a memorable tradition.
Winter Camouflage and Coloration in Iowa's Wildlife

Winter Camouflage and Coloration in Iowa's Wildlife

  • 2/20/2015 5:18:00 AM
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For many Iowa animals, the stark landscape – bare trees and a bright white groundcover – makes them stand out more in the winter, which is good news for those who enjoy watching wildlife. But for a few Iowa critters, winter is a time for them to blend in with the scenery.
Top Calorie-Burning Winter Outdoor Activities

Top Calorie-Burning Winter Outdoor Activities

  • 2/19/2015 11:25:00 AM
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Need to work off those Valentine’s Day chocolates or finally make good on a New Year’s Resolution? Or just looking a fun activity to try this winter weekend? Try these top outdoor activities for burning calories.
Winter Photo Tips from One of Iowa's Top Nature Photographers

Winter Photo Tips from One of Iowa's Top Nature Photographers

  • 1/29/2015 9:46:00 AM
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Don’t let winter weather keep your camera up on the shelf, as the season can provide excellent opportunities for shooting picturesque winter landscapes and photographing Iowa’s wildlife at a time when they’re most visible and easy to find.
Tips for Better Winter Bird Feeding

Tips for Better Winter Bird Feeding

  • 1/15/2015 11:37:00 AM
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If winter cold and snow drive you indoors, open a colorful cold-weather window with hours of bird-watching entertainment. Iowans spend more than $300 million annually watching wildlife, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Much of that comes from feeding birds, especially through our cold weather months. Use these tips to attract the most birds.
Make Your Own Winter Survival Kit

Make Your Own Winter Survival Kit

  • 1/9/2015 10:58:00 AM
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Winter outdoor lovers should take extra travel precautions as rural and natural areas can put you alone against the elements during emergencies. A skid into a ditch, mechanical problems, black ice, drifting snow or sudden storms can lead to unplanned, dangerous situations in areas where passersby are rare.
What Do Snakes Do in the Winter?

What Do Snakes Do in the Winter?

  • 1/9/2015 6:43:00 AM
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Snakes, being cold-blooded, rely on their surroundings to regulate body temperature. Like other ectothermic animals, they bask in the sun to warm up, seek shade or water to cool down. So, when conditions are not conducive for temperature regulation, they brumate.
Iowa Winter Treks and Trails to Test Those Fitness Trackers

Iowa Winter Treks and Trails to Test Those Fitness Trackers

  • 1/7/2015 9:59:00 AM
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If you’re looking for a way to put that new fitness tracker to the test and you’re sick of walking circles at the gym, take it outside and try some of these top winter trail activities in Iowa’s state parks, recreation areas and forests.
Take a Winter Getaway in an Iowa State Park Cabin

Take a Winter Getaway in an Iowa State Park Cabin

  • 12/5/2014 10:11:00 AM
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From November through April, you can rent cabins at state parks for two-day minimums (instead of the week-long requirement during peak season). And you’ll still get to take advantage of hiking trails (many allow cross-country skiing and snowmobiling), wildlife watching (deer and birds aplenty!), ice fishing and more.
Take a Winter Getaway in an Iowa State Park Cabin

Take a Winter Getaway in an Iowa State Park Cabin

  • 12/5/2014 6:16:00 AM
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From November through April, you can rent cabins at state parks for two-day minimums (instead of the week-long requirement during peak season). And you’ll still get to take advantage of hiking trails (many allow cross-country skiing and snowmobiling), wildlife watching (deer and birds aplenty!), ice fishing and more.
Six tips for cold-weather trout fishing

Six tips for cold-weather trout fishing

  • 12/3/2014 10:29:00 AM
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If you want to fish this winter in Iowa without stepping out on the ice, check out northeast Iowa’s trout streams, which rarely freeze and are open for fishing year-round. Or if you’re not able to make the trip, we stock a number of urban lakes statewide with trout for a new fishing experience through the ice.