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Bald Eagle Midwinter Survey results are in

Bald Eagle Midwinter Survey results are in

  • 2/7/2019 4:19:00 PM
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Iowa is one of the most important wintering grounds for Bald Eagles with thousands of the huge raptors moving into the state from the north to join our resident breeding birds.  Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan all have some of the highest densities of nesting Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states and many of those eagles, especially from MN and WI move into Iowa during the winter months and frequently gather in large numbers around areas of open water to feed and roost. 
How Iowa's wildlife deals with extreme cold

How Iowa's wildlife deals with extreme cold

  • 1/29/2019 10:34:00 AM
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With wind chills dipping to nearly 60 below in parts of the state - enough to cause frostbite in 5 minutes - you might be wondering how Iowa’s wildlife survives such brutal cold. Step back from the bread aisle and hoarding gallons of milk to learn how everything from mice to deer ride out the storm!
Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking bald eagle nests and frog and toad populations

Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking bald eagle nests and frog and toad populations

  • 1/22/2019 11:40:00 AM
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It’s 10 o’clock on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa. In the farm pond next to the road a raucous chorus of male frogs are making themselves heard as they vie for mates. A volunteer stands clipboard in hand, ear cocked, mentally sorting out each of the calling species which are using this seemingly ordinary pond. 
Chickadee tax check-off declines in 2017

Chickadee tax check-off declines in 2017

  • 1/22/2019 11:35:00 AM
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Last year, more than 7,500 Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state income tax form, a decline of about 400 from 2016. Donators represent about 0.4 percent of total tax payers in Iowa.
Public meeting on fatal deer disease set for January 17 in Peosta

Public meeting on fatal deer disease set for January 17 in Peosta

  • 1/15/2019 1:05:00 PM
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Peosta, Iowa - Deer hunters who hunt in Dubuque County take note– chronic wasting disease (CWD) has shown up in your area. A tissue sample collected from a road killed deer 2-1/2 miles southeast of Dubuque has tested positive for the always fatal disease.
Meet Iowa’s sleepiest mammal

Meet Iowa’s sleepiest mammal

  • 1/15/2019 9:06:00 AM
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The thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus), colloquially known as “squinnies” in Iowa, spends more of the year asleep than awake.
Trumpeter swan soiree returns to central Iowa

Trumpeter swan soiree returns to central Iowa

  • 1/10/2019 3:07:00 PM
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The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree, celebrating North America’s largest waterfowl species, at Walnut Woods State Park from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., on Jan. 26.
2019 Winter Bald Eagle Watches

2019 Winter Bald Eagle Watches

  • 1/4/2019 10:35:00 AM
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Iowa is one of the best places in the country to watch large convocations of Bald Eagles. During the winter they move away from their nest sites and gather around open water to hunt and fish on our biggest rivers, particularly the Mississippi and Des Moines.
Hawkeye Wildlife Area Refuge Opens Dec. 18

Hawkeye Wildlife Area Refuge Opens Dec. 18

  • 12/11/2018 10:19:00 AM
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The wildlife refuge at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County will be open for public use, including hunting and trapping, on Dec. 18. 
Natural Resource Commission to meet in Des Moines December 13

Natural Resource Commission to meet in Des Moines December 13

  • 12/7/2018 12:03:00 PM
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Des Moines, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 13, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.  
Wildlife Notes

Wildlife Notes

  • 12/4/2018 3:54:00 PM
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Brief updates on wildlife and hunting news
Meet Iowa's winter raptors

Meet Iowa's winter raptors

  • 11/29/2018 12:08:00 PM
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Get out your binoculars! These raptors can only be found in Iowa during the winter as they breed elsewhere -maybe you'll get lucky and catch a glimpse of these winter residents!
Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

  • 11/26/2018 1:32:00 PM
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Do you know someone who loves the outdoors? Give the gift that lasts all year long. Iowa Outdoors is an award-winning magazine filled with beautiful photography, interesting articles and expert tips about hunting, fishing, nature destinations, hiking, camping, outdoor cooking and much more! 
Meet America's national mammal, the bison

Meet America's national mammal, the bison

  • 11/6/2018 2:31:00 PM
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While 20-30 million bison used to roam across North America, unregulated shooting and habitat loss led to their population to fall to only 1,091 by 1889.
Help a Bat: Build a Bat House!

Help a Bat: Build a Bat House!

  • 10/31/2018 12:13:00 PM
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Bats are a great addition to any backyard - not only are their nightly aerial acrobatics fun to watch during the summer, they are also an excellent source of pest control and will kill loads of those pesky mosquitoes!
What to do when there are bats in your house or yard

What to do when there are bats in your house or yard

  • 10/25/2018 2:29:00 PM
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Bats are great neighbors - think of all those insects they eat for you - but not roommates. Here's how to give bats their own proper home in your yard but not your house.
Did you know that Iowa has nine species of bats?

Did you know that Iowa has nine species of bats?

  • 10/25/2018 7:24:00 AM
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Two of the most common bats in Iowa are the little brown bat (Myotis lucifigus) and the big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus). Like all of the bats in Iowa, they are insectivores and are critical for keeping Iowa’s insect populations in check.
Harrison County leads the way allowing hunter access on private land

Harrison County leads the way allowing hunter access on private land

  • 10/16/2018 11:41:00 AM
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PERSIA, Iowa - A few weeks ago, Terry Plummer noticed that just around sunset, the trees in his yard were filling with monarchs that had stopped for the night on their 2,000 mile annual migration to central Mexico. Plummer, who spent his life farming in Harrison County, didn’t recall that happening before.
Lake Shawtee becoming not-so-secret pheasant and quail hunting spot

Lake Shawtee becoming not-so-secret pheasant and quail hunting spot

  • 10/9/2018 12:04:00 PM
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Imogene, Iowa - A 1,200-acre grassland in northeast Fremont County has been hosting pheasant and quail hunters since the late 1980s. Positioned in southern Iowa’s quail belt, Lake Shawtee is in the region with the highest quail counts in the state, and that saw its pheasant counts rise to the second highest in a decade.
Hunters enjoy diverse experiences at Madison County wildlife area

Hunters enjoy diverse experiences at Madison County wildlife area

  • 10/9/2018 12:02:00 PM
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East Peru, Iowa - Heather Jobst arrived for a tour of a potential new wildlife area and was immediately struck by the uniqueness of the parcel’s size, lack of internal roads and its location less than an hour from Des Moines.
Dedicated group of bowhunters provide high quality data to Iowa DNR

Dedicated group of bowhunters provide high quality data to Iowa DNR

  • 10/2/2018 12:50:00 PM
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A unique relationship between Iowa bowhunters and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Research Section is entering its fourteenth year of partnering to collect observation data on wildlife they see while sitting in their tree stand.
Warblers are Starting their Fall Migration

Warblers are Starting their Fall Migration

  • 9/27/2018 1:25:00 PM
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Migration season is always a birder’s paradise as species that aren’t usually found in Iowa can be seen passing through. August through October are typically peak migration months.
7 things to know about armadillos in Iowa

7 things to know about armadillos in Iowa

  • 9/26/2018 10:48:00 AM
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Wait, armadillos in Iowa? Yes, you may get a glimpse of one of these unique critters in our state from time to time. If you do, send a report our way, as we’d like to document their location in the state. In the meantime, did you know these interesting facts?
Public meetings set to discuss chronic wasting disease

Public meetings set to discuss chronic wasting disease

  • 9/25/2018 3:35:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a series of meetings in early October to discuss the changes and new focus areas to its efforts to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Iowa’s deer herd.
Badger Lake offers an easy nature stop off I-29

Badger Lake offers an easy nature stop off I-29

  • 9/11/2018 12:13:00 PM
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Whiting, Iowa - Sitting not quite halfway between Sioux City and Council Bluffs with I-29 going right through it, it’s easy to think that Badger Lake Wildlife Area would be overrun with bird watchers, duck hunters, kayakers and nature lovers 24/7/365. While it does get busy when the duck migration is on, many days the only visitor is a wayward cormorant or a neighbor stopping by to wet a line.
2018 Iowa mussel blitz on the Iowa River

2018 Iowa mussel blitz on the Iowa River

  • 9/11/2018 12:10:00 PM
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The Iowa River, from the Coralville Dam to Hills, was the focus of this year’s annual research project to inventory and map the distribution of Iowa’s mussels, often called clams. 
Natural Resource Commission to meet September 13 in Mills County

Natural Resource Commission to meet September 13 in Mills County

  • 9/5/2018 1:45:00 PM
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PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 13, at the Mills County Conservation Board Nature Center, 56235 Deacon Road, in Pacific Junction.
Ringgold Wildlife Area touts prairie, timber, ponds

Ringgold Wildlife Area touts prairie, timber, ponds

  • 9/4/2018 12:16:00 PM
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The Ringgold Wildlife Area, south of Mount Ayr on the Missouri border, is 2,600 acres of prairie, timber, oak savannas and floodplains with a handful of fishable ponds mixed in.
Meet Iowa's smallest carnivore

Meet Iowa's smallest carnivore

  • 8/15/2018 8:54:00 AM
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Though they be but little, they are fierce! The least weasel (Mustela nivalis) is the smallest species of true carnivore, coming from the order Carnivora.
Wetland complex is a backcountry escape in the heart of farm country

Wetland complex is a backcountry escape in the heart of farm country

  • 8/14/2018 11:50:00 AM
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Fonda, Iowa – The Sunken Grove and Leo Shimon Marsh Wetland Complex becomes Grand Central Station twice a year for migrating ducks, geese, pelicans and shorebirds that stop to rest and refuel before resuming their journey. The nearly 1,300 acres of wetlands, marshes, prairies and timber is surrounded by some of the most productive farmland in the world in southwest Pocahontas County.
Join the search for Iowa's endangered bumble bee

Join the search for Iowa's endangered bumble bee

  • 8/7/2018 2:24:00 PM
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The rusty patched bumble bee was designated as endangered by the federal government in 2017, after determining that the population had declined 87 percent in the last 20 years and is only present on 0.1 percent of its historic range.
Visit the DNR at the 2018 Iowa State Fair

Visit the DNR at the 2018 Iowa State Fair

  • 7/31/2018 12:42:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa – As the 2018 Iowa State Fair kicks off, be sure to stop by the DNR building located at the west end of the fairgrounds near Gate 11.
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