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Aquatic InsectsJourney along on this Iowa State University researcher's quest to photograph every species of aquatic insect in Iowa–and the world
Story by Haley Knudsen, Photos by Gregory Courtney
Giant Ragweed Friend, Foe
Bane to farmers and allergy sufferers, this native plant's seeds are a protein and fat powerhouse for pheasants and more.
Story by Dan Magneson
In Polite CompanyWhen politely asked how this angler and hunter can harm his quarry, a proper answer requires internal deliberation and deep thought.Story by John Chalstrom
Searching for NatureNo matter if using a camera, shotgun, pole or gathering basket, outdoor pursuits require the skill and dedication of a hunter Story and Photos by Dan Cohen
Farm Conservation LegacySince the late 1800s, generations at this farm have worked with partners to donate park land, install prairie strips and create wetlands and saturated buffers with amazing benefits. Story by Haley Knudsen
Slow and Fast MigratorsThe tortoise and hare of fable have nothing on the eastern tiger salamander and ruby-throated hummingbird.Story by Brian Button
TogetherFrom outdoor fitness tips to spotting satellites at night, we've got you covered. Get stuck on park stickers, see how fish are hooking Iowa angers at record rates and find great geodes galore.
Lost in IowaExperience America's most majestic views of its mightiest river at Pikes Peak State Park–especially stunning clad in fall splendor. In central Iowa, hike along burial mounds in this hidden, forested archaeological wonder 35 minutes southeast of Des Moines.
Legends of the FallThis Halloween, discover the superstition, love and fact surrounding owls–denizens of the night–that inspired human fear for millenia.
Flora and FaunaMilkweed plants host a variety of specialized beetles, bugs and aphids that can cope with the sticky, toxic milk the plant produces. See how they do so and check your own plants for signs of these unusual critters.
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