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Foraging Wild Iowa
We sent a Vermont writer out with Keokuk food foraging icon Mike Krebill on a weekend paddle down the Wapsipinicon River while subsisting on locally harvested foods. Come along for the adventure.
Story by Sam Samuels
River Odyssey for Cause
In 1979, a young man paddled waters north to Hudson's Bay. Recently, he took off near that same spot, this time to go all the way south on the Mississippi River. And he did it to raise funds for the National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque. Grab a paddle and come along.
Story and Photos by Hank Kohler
With each word careffully chosen, read these works slowly to underscore the importance of each and every word. A poem cannot be read too slowly, especially for these nature-inspired works.
Writings by Joe Michaud
Hookn' Hot Summer Cats
Hot summmer temps and warm water slow many fish species. But the catfish still bites. Get tips to catch this tasty treat and use the recipe on page 64 to entrall guests around an evening get-together.
Story by Mick Klemesrud
Lucky for us, we are home to the National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque. Find out about its educational opportunities. And this summer, learn where to meet the best prairie people from across North America.
Lost in Iowa
A historic little getaway is the silent gem of Big Spirit Lake. And while northwest, paddle a newer water trail that boasts kayak rental kiosks.
You might not know it, but a gorgeous moth might be flying as you sleep. Besides its beauty, the incredible luna moth can foil both bats and birds with some unique tricker.
Flora and Fauna
Learn about an invasive insect headed this way and also discover the secret life of the solitary eastern chipmunk.
Summertime means fishing for catfish and here we offer a scrumptious, delicious take on this Iowa staple with a flavorful stew recipe straight from the massive continent of Africa.
Notes from the Field
Waters can take on different colors for different reasons. See how algae blooms, tannins and other conditions can turn blue water into anything but.
We strive to open the door to the beauty and uniqueness of Iowa's natural resources, inspire people to get outside and experience Iowa and to motivate outdoor-minded citizens to understand and care for our natural resources.
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