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May / June 2014

Golden Gem
Follow the nesting and breeding cycle of the rare-to-Iowa prothonotary warbler and its constant battle with the common house wren.
Story and Photos by Ty Smedes 

Kayaks and Cameras
Learn tips, tricks and techniques to take winning wildlife photos from a kayak every time.
Story and Photos by Kip Ladage

Bullhead Memoirs
A lawn chair, some nightcrawlers and a lazy Saturday are what memories are made of.
By Alan Foster

Grand River Grasslands
Age-old natural phenomena—grazing and periodic burning—are bringing diversity back to the grasslands of south-central Iowa.
By Mindy Kralicek    Photos by Clay Smith

Why We Camp
Of all the effort that goes into camping, it’s the rewards and memories that keep us coming back.
By Gerald McGrane    Photos by Brian Button

Bordered By Rivers
Divided by divorce, two brothers and their father mend their relationships on Iowa riverbanks.
Story and Photos by Brian Gibbs



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Get immersed in one of Iowa’s most diverse ecosystems at the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar; invigorate the natural spirit during wildflower month; tailgate along with thousands at the state trap shoot championships. 

Outdoor Skills
Get the funk out of your cooler; batten down the rain jacket for more spring gobblers; be ready to repair with spare rod tips and glue sticks; roll into spring with a handy paper towel holder.

Lost in Iowa
Get lost in the grandeur of the Loess Hills at Preparation Canyon State Park—unique in the park system as all campsites are hike-in only. Surrounded by ridges on three sides, the remote park is relatively untouched by humans and a great spot for solitude seekers.

My Backyard
Create habitat for a rare Iowa bird with easy-to-build prothonotary warbler nest box instructions.

Wild Cuisine
Kick up your catch with this Cajun catfish boil; Turn everyday tacos into something special with venison or pheasant and homemade shells.  

Flora & Fauna
Meet one of only five carnivorous plants native to Iowa—of which only three species still survive here—and how its unique habits fit into the ecosystem.





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We strive to open the door to the beauty and uniqueness of Iowa's natural resources, inspire people to get outside and experience Iowa and to motivate outdoor-minded citizens to understand and care for our natural resources.

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