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Posted: 03/04/2014
The prairie chicken festival at the Kellerton Grasslands Bird Conservation Area is April 5.

The DNR will stock trout on March 7 in Davenport at Lake of the Hills; March 22 in Iowa City at Sand Lake and in Marshalltown Sand Lake (yes, two Sand Lakes); March 28 in Muscatine at Discovery Park and in Fort Madison at Wilson Lake; March 29 in Cedar Rapids at Prairie Creek Park and in Ottumwa at Ottumwa Park Pond; and April 12 in Cedar Falls at North Prairie Lake.

Announced trout stream stocking begins April 1. A stocking schedule is available online at

Iowa’s 2013 harvest for bobcats was 950 and for river otters was 1,122.
In 2013, 49 percent of Iowa’s deer hunters obtained one deer license; five percent obtained more than 5 deer licenses.

The season on white and blue phase snow geese and Ross’ geese runs through April 15.
Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season begins with a resident youth only season April 5-13. Turkey season one is April 14-17, season two is April 18-22, season three is April 23-29 and season four is April 30-May 18.

Campsites with electricity available for reservation for the Memorial Day Weekend in have filled for Brushy Creek, Dolliver, Elinor Bedell, Fairport, George Wyth, Green Valley, Lake Ahquabi, Lake Anita, Lake of Three Fires, Lewis and Clark, Maquoketa Caves, Pleasant Creek, Viking Lake, Walnut Woods and Waubonsie. State parks with all electrical sites except the handicap only site(s) reserved include Lake Macbride, Ledges, Prairie Rose, Rock Creek and Springbrook.

State parks with nearly full reservations are Black Hawk, Backbone, Wapsipinicon, McIntosh Woods, Nine Eagles, Emerson Bay, Union Grove, Volga River, Palisades and Stone.

To find an available campsite, go to  Once reservable sites are filled, only walk up sites will remain. Plan to arrive early.

The last passenger pigeon died in 1914 and to mark centennial anniversary, noted conservation biologist Dr. Stanley Temple will give a presentation in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus at 7 p.m., on March 6.  

Dr. Temple is an emeritus professor of conservation biology with the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a senior fellow and science advisor with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.  Dr. Temple uses the case of the passenger pigeon to call attention to the world’s ongoing extinction crisis and our relationship with other species.

Landowners who donated land or land value totaling more than 2,800 acres valued at more than $6 million will be honored during a ceremony on March 11 at the Iowa State Capitol. The ceremony is hosted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.