May / June 2017

Glamping Girls
Travel along with a spunky set of ladies making waves across Midwest campgrounds, pulling up in souped-up retro campers with matching vintage outerwear and accessories to boot.
Story and Photos By Mariah Griffith  

Dracula of the Deep
Among the largest fish swimming Iowa waters, the massive flathead catfish doesn’t like having other flatheads around. And smaller prey fish lurking near their haunts are sure to become a live meal.
By Dan Magneson

Rock the Rapids
Deadly drowning machines common across much of Iowa are getting facelifts to make them safer. Some of these former lowhead dams are now magnets for thrill-seekers and spectators. 
By Mariah Griffith

Return of the Master Angler
There is likely no better or cunning angler than the osprey. Brilliant aerial acrobats, tremendous eyesight and immense power spells doom for unsuspecting fish and sheer delight for anyone lucky enough to witness the catch.
Story by Pat Schlarbaum    Photos by Lowell Washburn

Outdoor Skills
Get hooked-up with better catch-and-release skills; put the boot to camp disorganization; get your paws on some dog walk etiquette.

Head west for a fun, informative day learning everything about monarchs; celebrate the success of Iowa osprey reintroductions; have some fun with feathered friends in Lucas County; get the cure for stress by heading to one of Iowa’s beautiful state parks; climb aboard with Project AWARE.

Lost in Iowa
A proposed state park in northwest Iowa is bringing two bordering states even closer together.

My Backyard
Protect your pollinators with these tips on proper plant selection. 

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