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Outdoor Notes
Posted: 03/18/2014

Officers with the Iowa DNR will officially score new or old white tailed deer antlers in the Lime Creek Nature Center in Mason City, from 1-3 p.m., March 22, as part of an Antlers and Aging workshop. There is no charge for the program but registration is required. Call 641-423-5309 to register.

Some urban trout stocking dates have been moved back a few weeks due to late ice conditions. The stocking at Sand Lake, in Iowa City, has been moved to April 12 at 10 a.m. The stocking at Sand Lake, in Marshalltown, has been moved to April 12 at 11 a.m. Events will be held as part of each trout stocking.

The E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area is hosting an Owl Prowl at 6 p.m., March 22. Find out how owls can see in the dark; hear a mouse moving through leaves, and why they are called the Ghost Bird. Jared McGovern, from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will lead the program. Dress for the weather because the program includes an outdoor hike to call in the owls. For more information, call 563-556-0620.

It appears that a new male peregrine falcon has turned up at the Capitol in Des Moines. The previous male, 39A, died from an infection from a talon injury last year. From all appearances, the Capitol will once again host nesting falcons.

Naturalists, youth group leaders and others who want to learn to teach others about padding efficiently and safely are reminded to sign up for the DNR’s Paddling School.

School dates and skills are: May 6 – Flat-Water Essentials; May 20-21, Canoe School; June 25-26, Canoe School; Aug. 20-21, Kayak School; Sept. 17-18, Canoe School. Registration and a $25 fee required for the course.  For more information go to or call Todd Robertson with the Iowa DNR’s Rivers Program at 515-979-9536.

The average ice out for Big Spirit Lake is April 4. The most recent fishing report said the lake has 30-plus inches of ice. Looks like a late ice out is a distinct possibility.

The Iowa House of Representatives commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program Tuesday morning with a resolution honoring the program’s successes and the Iowans who contributed to them.

Over the last 25 years, REAP has benefited all 99 Iowa counties by supporting 14,535 projects. REAP has funded these projects with $264 million in state investments, leveraging two to three times the amount in private, local and federal dollars.

Throughout this anniversary year, the Iowa Outdoor News packet will feature REAP projects from around the state and highlight the work of Iowans in creating the REAP program. For more information, go to or contact Tammie Krausman, Iowa DNR REAP Coordinator, at 515-281-8382 or