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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. 
Saturday trout stocking at Lake Petocka cancelled

Saturday trout stocking at Lake Petocka cancelled

  • 1/22/2019 11:36:00 AM
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BONDURANT – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 26 at Lake Petocka, has been cancelled due to current unsafe ice conditions and the forecast of inclement weather.
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.
Ice anglers welcome cold weather

Ice anglers welcome cold weather

  • 1/22/2019 11:33:00 AM
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After an unusually mild winter, cold weather has finally arrived across Iowa and is covering previously open lakes and ponds with a layer of ice. But anglers are cautioned that just because arctic weather is here, they shouldn’t abandon their ice safety practices.
Air Quality permits under review

Air Quality permits under review

  • 1/17/2019 1:54:00 PM
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DES MOINES – The DNR Air Quality Bureau has the following draft permits up for review. The permits help protect Iowans’ health and the air where we live. DNR’s permitting staff review the applications to ensure facilities comply with state and federal air quality standards. The public has the right and is encouraged to comment on draft permits.
Manure release west of Winterset ended

Manure release west of Winterset ended

  • 1/17/2019 1:46:00 PM
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WINTERSET - An ongoing manure release discovered Jan. 9 four miles west of Winterset ended over the Jan. 12 to 13 weekend.
DNR postponing trout stockings in Spencer and Fort Dodge

DNR postponing trout stockings in Spencer and Fort Dodge

  • 1/16/2019 4:18:00 PM
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The Iowa DNR is postponing the trout stockings and family fishing events scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 19 at Scharnberg Pond, Spencer, and Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge, due to inclement weather expected this weekend.
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.
Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

  • 1/15/2019 1:03:00 PM
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COUNCIL BLUFFS – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 19, at Big Lake has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Jan. 23 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Jan. 23 in Des Moines

  • 1/15/2019 12:59:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 1 p.m., Jan. 23, in the Wallace State Office Building, second floor north conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Olofson range to hold Learning to Hunt series on turkey hunting

Olofson range to hold Learning to Hunt series on turkey hunting

  • 1/15/2019 12:56:00 PM
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POLK CITY, Iowa - The Olofson shooting range in Polk City will be hosting a series on learning to hunt turkeys beginning Feb. 26. The four part series will be held from 6-9 p.m., on Tuesdays through March 19. There is a fee of $15 per session and participants can attend any number of sessions.
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.
Submit CERs for Master Matrix to DNR by Jan. 31

Submit CERs for Master Matrix to DNR by Jan. 31

  • 1/11/2019 3:15:00 PM
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County supervisors who voted to use the Master Matrix and adopted a construction evaluation resolution (CER) must submit the resolution to Kelli Book, Iowa DNR, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319.
Several choices to complete MAC training by March 1

Several choices to complete MAC training by March 1

  • 1/11/2019 3:13:00 PM
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Confinement site applicators attending Pork Congress Jan. 24 can also complete their manure applicator certification training. DNR and Iowa State University Extension will offer the two-hour class from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 103 on the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center.
eMMP Update – Come visit us at Pork Congress

eMMP Update – Come visit us at Pork Congress

  • 1/11/2019 3:12:00 PM
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DNR specialists will be on hand at Pork Congress to answer questions and guide you through the eMMP application – an online system to file your annual manure management plan updates. Look for us Jan. 23 and 24, near the food court at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., in Des Moines.
Spencer Field Office supervisor retires

Spencer Field Office supervisor retires

  • 1/11/2019 3:11:00 PM
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After 28 years with DNR, Ken Hessenius is seeking new adventures. Supervisor of the Spencer field office for the last 15 years, Hessenius retired Dec. 28, trading his sampling bottles for rod and reel, and time with family.
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.
Water Summary Update: 2018 second only to 1993 in precipitation

Water Summary Update: 2018 second only to 1993 in precipitation

  • 1/10/2019 1:41:00 PM
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DES MOINES — in 2018, Iowa received 45 inches of rainfall – nearly 10 inches more than normal. That puts 2018 second only to 1993 for average statewide precipitation, according to the year-end Water Summary Update.
January antlerless deer season begins Friday in four counties

January antlerless deer season begins Friday in four counties

  • 1/10/2019 8:24:00 AM
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The special January antlerless deer season will open in Allamakee, Clayton, Wayne and Appanoose counties this Friday.  Of those four counties, only Allamakee County has licenses remaining – the other three have sold out.
Woman injured by shot allegedly fired by felon

Woman injured by shot allegedly fired by felon

  • 1/8/2019 12:41:00 PM
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WAPELLO COUNTY, Iowa -- The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office was called to Ottumwa Regional Hospital on January 4, 2019, around 7:45 p.m. for a female with a gunshot wound to the back of her head. 
Trout stocking at Bacon Creek postponed

Trout stocking at Bacon Creek postponed

  • 1/8/2019 12:37:00 PM
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SIOUX CITY – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 12 at Bacon Creek has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
Outdoors skills classes offered at Olofson shooting range

Outdoors skills classes offered at Olofson shooting range

  • 1/8/2019 12:34:00 PM
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Polk City, Iowa - The Olofson Shooting Range, at Big Creek State Park, has scheduled more than 70 outdoor skills programs open to the public in 2019, including hunter education, hand gun basics, taxidermy, Dutch oven cooking, how to use a trail camera and more. Programs begin on Jan. 16 with a course on cleaning and storing guns.  
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.
Winter community trout stocking starts Jan. 12

Winter community trout stocking starts Jan. 12

  • 1/3/2019 3:26:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.
Title V Facilities' Emissions Reports due March 31, 2019

Title V Facilities' Emissions Reports due March 31, 2019

  • 1/3/2019 1:29:00 PM
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Facilities subject to Title V of the federal Clean Air Act must submit their emissions inventories for 2018 to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Air Quality Bureau by March 31, 2019.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 12/27/2018 1:27:00 PM
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DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions.
DNR posts 2017 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

DNR posts 2017 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

  • 12/27/2018 1:25:00 PM
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DES MOINES ― According to the DNR’s legislatively mandated “2017 Iowa Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report” posted today, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Iowa increased, primarily from increases in ammonia production and electricity generated from natural gas.
Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 12/27/2018 8:17:00 AM
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Hunter Education Classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable and certified volunteer instructors and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers. Classroom courses are typically 12-15 hours in length and are held over 2 to 3 sessions (days). In order to receive certification, a student must attend all sessions and pass the final exam.
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