May / June 2016

Merritt Forest
Catch a glimpse of majesty in Merritt State Forest Preserve, the only publicly-owned old growth forest in Iowa.
Story and Photos By Brian Gibbs

Des Moines Metro Fishing Hotspots
Test these overlooked urban waters for some crazy close-to-home fishing. You just might hook dinner.
By Shannon Hafner

Shimek State Forest: of Birds and Butterflies
Grab your binoculars and camera to capture one of the most diverse spring bird migration spectacles in the state and a stunning summer butterfly show.
Story and Photos by Ty Smedes

Fishing the Graveyard Shift
A return home sends this author back to the days of his youth trolling the West Nodaway River.
By Dan Magneson 

Outdoor Skills
Try these tips for trail-happy kids, restore old raingear and sunguard boats. Get a vitamin D boost from your morel mushrooms. Learn to rid sticky pine sap with ease.

Cross hundreds of species off your birding checklist with the help of pros at the first annual Big Day of Birding in Lucas County.

Lost in Iowa
Lounge in a deluxe cabin, play on clean lake waters and bask in the serenity of newly-renovated and reenergized Lake Darling State Park.

Wild Cuisine
Whip up a succulent rabbit meatloaf with this French-inspired recipe from Des Moines’ Le Jardin.

Flora & Fauna
This fanciful songbird struts its stuff across Iowa in early spring. Keep an eye out and you might catch a pair dancing in the summer breeding season.

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