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Ospreys Expanding Their Footprint in Iowa

Ospreys Expanding Their Footprint in Iowa

  • 7/19/2016 1:23:00 PM
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Iowa’s osprey population has added three new sites in 2016 – Colfax, Norwalk and at Big Creek State Park, near Polk City – bringing the total number of attempted nests to 24.
Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

  • 7/19/2016 1:21:00 PM
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Iowa’s 15-day annual pheasant population survey begins on Aug. 1, and wildlife experts say all indicators are pointing to a stable to increasing population of the popular game bird.
State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

  • 7/19/2016 12:45:00 PM
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People planning park visits in the near future are reminded to check on current conditions before heading out. Several Iowa state parks have been impacted by recent heavy rainfalls.
Opportunity to Submit Air Quality Client Contact Meeting Agenda Items

Opportunity to Submit Air Quality Client Contact Meeting Agenda Items

  • 7/18/2016 2:42:00 PM
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The Air Quality Bureau is accepting agenda topics for the next Air Quality Client Contact Meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled for August 18 at 1:00 p.m., at the DNR’s Air Quality Bureau Office.  A conference call option is also available for the meeting. 
Lake Macbride: The Big and Small of It

Lake Macbride: The Big and Small of It

  • 7/15/2016 11:05:00 AM
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I’d found the perfect outdoors go-to for some head-clearing solitude under one of the state’s most venerable tree canopies: the park’s majestic white oaks include many trees 150 years old and up.
4 Cool Things You Should Know About Mussels

4 Cool Things You Should Know About Mussels

  • 7/15/2016 9:50:00 AM
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Most people have seen the empty shell of a clam or mussel, but significantly fewer have seen the actual animals that live in there. Get a good look before they’re gone – these animals are some of the most threatened by habitat alteration and pollution today.
4 Tips for Choosing the Right Canoe

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Canoe

  • 7/12/2016 3:55:00 PM
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Canoes are an ancient means of transportation, and originated many times in places like Australia, the Amazon and the northern United States. Today, modern models and materials give paddlers a variety of performance options, and knowing how to pick the right one will help you get the most functional, fun and usable canoe for your needs. Know the tips below to get one step closer to paddling.
Floating the river is an Iowa summertime tradition

Floating the river is an Iowa summertime tradition

  • 7/12/2016 12:37:00 PM
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Swimming, canoeing and floating the river on tubes is a summertime tradition in Iowa. But as relaxing and enjoyable as a river float is, it does come with an element of risk.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet July 14 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet July 14 in Des Moines

  • 7/11/2016 2:20:00 PM
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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 July 14, at in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
6 best bass baits and lures for summer

6 best bass baits and lures for summer

  • 7/8/2016 1:53:00 PM
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When it comes to gamefish, not many have captivated the gaze of avid anglers like the bass. No matter when, where, or what you’re fishing in, consider using these foolproof baits to attract bass of all types.
Get the lowdown on river fishing in Iowa

Get the lowdown on river fishing in Iowa

  • 7/7/2016 2:46:00 PM
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With many thousands of miles of rivers in Iowa, and many methods to fishing them, there are many theories, techniques, and so-called secrets of the trade. So where do you start?
Governor's awards honor environmental leaders

Governor's awards honor environmental leaders

  • 7/7/2016 1:17:00 PM
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DES MOINES — Forty-three Iowa organizations, businesses and communities were nominated for consideration to receive an Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award from Gov. Terry E. Branstad and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The awards are Iowa’s premier environmental honors.
Unusually warm June leads to drought in parts of Iowa

Unusually warm June leads to drought in parts of Iowa

  • 7/7/2016 1:14:00 PM
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DES MOINES— The unusually warm and mostly dry June promoted the development of moderate drought conditions for parts of the state. However, Iowa continues to have abundant soil moisture reserves, high stream flow and a substantial groundwater supply thanks to a record wet 2015 fall.
Central Park Lake Improvement Project Moves to In-lake Restoration Phase in Fall 2016

Central Park Lake Improvement Project Moves to In-lake Restoration Phase in Fall 2016

  • 7/5/2016 12:30:00 PM
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For over 50 years the lake at Central Park has been the hub of Jones County Conservation’s recreational opportunities.  Located in the heart of Jones County, residents have benefited from its presence by swimming, fishing, paddling or strolling along its shoreline, in addition to its annual $7.84 million positive economic impact. 
Iowa Fisheries Biologist Recognized for Excellence in Research

Iowa Fisheries Biologist Recognized for Excellence in Research

  • 7/5/2016 12:28:00 PM
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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.
DNR Investigating O'Brien County Fish Kill

DNR Investigating O'Brien County Fish Kill

  • 6/30/2016 4:11:00 PM
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SUTHERLAND – The DNR responded to a manure spill in O’Brien County about five miles northeast of Sutherland Thursday afternoon.
DNR Responds to Spill in Lyon County

DNR Responds to Spill in Lyon County

  • 6/29/2016 10:21:00 AM
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ROCK RAPIDS –Environmental specialists from the DNR’s Spencer field office were called to an accident scene after a semi flatbed trailer rolled into the ditch near Highway 9 about six miles west of Rock Rapids Tuesday morning.
State Preserves Advisory Board Meets July 7

State Preserves Advisory Board Meets July 7

  • 6/28/2016 3:24:00 PM
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The State Preserves Advisory Board of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 10 a.m., July 7, at the Decorah City Hall, 400 Claiborne Drive, in Decorah. Prior to the business meeting, field trips are scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 6 at the Crossman and Hayden Prairie state preserves (start at Crossman Prairie) and 8 a.m. on July 7 at the Decorah Ice Cave State Preserve.
Thank the Trail Crew, Hike a Trail

Thank the Trail Crew, Hike a Trail

  • 6/28/2016 1:50:00 PM
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It might be the kind of work you find featured on the reality show Dirty Jobs. The days are long and filled with physical labor -- hauling heavy timbers, large rocks and loads of gravel, clearing brush and digging dirt. At the end of the day, your clothes are sweat-soaked, and your skin is blistered, scratched and mosquito-bit.
Black Bear Killed on Allamakee County Highway

Black Bear Killed on Allamakee County Highway

  • 6/27/2016 11:11:00 AM
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DES MOINES – A young black bear was struck and killed by a truck Friday evening on Highway 76 near the Yellow River Forest in southeast Allamakee County.
A Day’s Worth of Dynamite Dutch Oven Dining

A Day’s Worth of Dynamite Dutch Oven Dining

  • 6/27/2016 11:01:00 AM
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Enjoy a day’s menu of good food and camaraderie of the campfire ring with these meal-time suggestions. While the recipes may seem extensive, it’s mostly toss in the ingredients, heat and eat.
Boil Advisory Lifted for City of Moravia

Boil Advisory Lifted for City of Moravia

  • 6/24/2016 3:45:00 PM
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MORAVIA – A boil advisory for the city of Moravia in Appanoose County has been lifted. Water samples collected from the system show the water is safe to drink.
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