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Leave wildlife babies where they belong --- In the wild

Leave wildlife babies where they belong --- In the wild

  • 4/23/2024 12:16:00 PM
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It's as predictable as May flowers - from border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa. From now until at least mid-June, DNR field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding "orphaned wildlife."
Annual spring wildlife spotlight survey underway

Annual spring wildlife spotlight survey underway

  • 4/2/2024 11:44:00 AM
  • View Count 1369
Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are currently conducting their annual nighttime spring spotlight surveys across the state, collecting information on Iowa’s deer and furbearer populations.

Come Join the Frog and Toad Call Survey!

  • 3/22/2024 6:02:00 PM
  • View Count 1991
Calling all wildlife watchers! The Iowa DNR will be hosting two more frog and toad call survey training workshops in 2024.
DNR to host an open house on the Towhead Lake Wildlife Area

DNR to host an open house on the Towhead Lake Wildlife Area

  • 12/14/2023 2:07:00 PM
  • View Count 4702
Fonda, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding an open house on Jan. 4, 2024, from 4 - 7 p.m. to discuss the habitat management, recreation use, wildlife populations and other topics of interest for the Towhead Lake Wildlife Area.
Oxbow Bottoms Wildlife Area won't remain a secret for long

Oxbow Bottoms Wildlife Area won't remain a secret for long

  • 10/10/2023 12:13:00 PM
  • View Count 4596
Bordered by the Iowa River to the east and U.S. Hwy. 30 to the north is one of the newest public areas in Central Iowa - the 260-acre Oxbow Bottoms Wildlife Area – a floodplain grassland-wetland complex in Tama County.
Harmon Lake Wildlife Area ready for a busy fall

Harmon Lake Wildlife Area ready for a busy fall

  • 10/3/2023 12:38:00 PM
  • View Count 3697
Standing at the gravel boat ramp on the middle pool of Harmon Lake, among a dense stand of bur-reed full of seeds, four noisy trumpeter swans appeared over the trees then banked west at the sight of unwelcomed visitors.
Brook trout thrive at South Pine Creek wildlife area

Brook trout thrive at South Pine Creek wildlife area

  • 8/29/2023 2:08:00 PM
  • View Count 3155
The brook trout in South Pine Creek might be the most well-known of the trout species in the Hawkeye State. And for good reason. This strain has been confirmed through two genetic assessments as unique to Iowa.
Riverton Wildlife Area wetland pumping delayed

Riverton Wildlife Area wetland pumping delayed

  • 8/18/2023 2:43:00 PM
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Riverton, Iowa- A delay in the delivery of the precast concrete and new metal screw gate required to replace the failing Spring Creek outlet at the Riverton Wildlife Area will impact the ability for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to pump water on to the main marsh, north of county road J46.
Hawkeye shooting ranges to reopen Friday

Hawkeye shooting ranges to reopen Friday

  • 8/18/2023 8:19:00 AM
  • View Count 3276
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will reopen three shooting ranges at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area on Friday, August 18.
Big Creek Wildlife Area is hidden in plain sight

Big Creek Wildlife Area is hidden in plain sight

  • 8/9/2023 7:30:00 AM
  • View Count 3648
Often overlooked for its similarly named state park or mistaken for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sprawling Saylorville Wildlife Area, Big Creek Wildlife Area is roughly 3,100-acre, one stop outdoor shop just 10 minutes from Ankeny.
Swan Lake Road closed for road improvement project

Swan Lake Road closed for road improvement project

  • 7/18/2023 11:45:00 AM
  • View Count 2555
SWISHER - A section of Swan Lake Road on the Hawkeye Wildlife Area west of Greencastle Road, will be closed for several weeks while a bridge is being replaced.
Central Iowa birding opportunities abound at Chichaqua - Neal Smith Bird Conservation Area

Central Iowa birding opportunities abound at Chichaqua - Neal Smith Bird Conservation Area

  • 7/5/2023 12:08:00 PM
  • View Count 3368
Dedicated in the spring of 2005, the Chichaqua-Neal Smith Grassland Bird Conservation Area (BCA) is an important stop along the bird migration. Based on weather radar, an estimated 800 million birds migrate through Iowa in the spring, and up to one billion in the fall, which puts Iowa in the top five states in the country for volume.
Leave wildlife babies where they belong --- In the wild

Leave wildlife babies where they belong --- In the wild

  • 4/18/2023 4:11:00 PM
  • View Count 3062
It's as predictable as May flowers - from border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa. From now until at least mid-June, DNR field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding "orphaned wildlife."
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Iowa River Wildlife Unit

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Iowa River Wildlife Unit

  • 3/30/2023 1:45:00 PM
  • View Count 3063
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Iowa River Wildlife Unit, and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Cedar, Linn, Johnson, Benton, Iowa, Tama, and Mahaska counties.
Annual spring wildlife spotlight survey underway

Annual spring wildlife spotlight survey underway

  • 3/28/2023 11:37:00 AM
  • View Count 2990
Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are currently conducting their annual nighttime spring spotlight surveys across the state, collecting information on Iowa’s deer and furbearer populations.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Cedar Wapsi Wildlife Unit

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Cedar Wapsi Wildlife Unit

  • 3/27/2023 3:51:00 PM
  • View Count 2486
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Cedar Wapsi Wildlife Unit in Floyd, Chickasaw, Butler, Bremer and Buchanan counties.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Black Hawk Wildlife Unit

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Black Hawk Wildlife Unit

  • 3/20/2023 4:18:00 PM
  • View Count 2086
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Black Hawk Wildlife Unit, and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Sac, Calhoun, Crawford, Cherokee, Buena Vista, and Pocahontas counties.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Clear Lake Wildlife Unit

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Clear Lake Wildlife Unit

  • 3/20/2023 3:52:00 PM
  • View Count 1944
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Clear Lake Wildlife Unit in Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Franklin, Winnebago, Worth and Wright counties.
Annual Prairie Chicken Day Set for April 1, in Kellerton

Annual Prairie Chicken Day Set for April 1, in Kellerton

  • 3/14/2023 2:20:00 PM
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Kellerton, Iowa - The first rhythmic and haunting cooing begins as the night sky fades and sunrise begins. The short grass prairie booming grounds prepares for a display found nowhere else in Iowa.
Black-capped chickadees astonishing secrets

Black-capped chickadees astonishing secrets

  • 2/14/2023 11:58:00 AM
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Black-capped chickadees survive the harshest winters with amazing adaptive behaviors and abilities. From adjusting their core body temperatures to shedding and adding brain cells to memorizing hundreds of locales of stashed foods, these tiny wonders have astonishing secrets.
Number of donors to the Chickadee Check-off continues to decline

Number of donors to the Chickadee Check-off continues to decline

  • 1/24/2023 11:57:00 AM
  • View Count 10059
Last year, more than 6,200 Iowa taxpayers helped wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form, which is nearly 1,000 fewer than who donated in 2020.  and represents about 0.4 percent of total taxpayers in Iowa.
Restoration efforts bring life back to Mill Creek

Restoration efforts bring life back to Mill Creek

  • 11/4/2022 4:29:00 PM
  • View Count 3707
DES MOINES — Once squeezed between two tall embankments, Mill Creek inside of the Big Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area now has room to meander and expand — and more space to fish.      
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