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Late ice delays curlyleaf pondweed growth in Iowa Great Lakes

Late ice delays curlyleaf pondweed growth in Iowa Great Lakes

  • 5/22/2018 11:43:00 AM
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SPIRIT LAKE - The record breaking late ice on the Iowa Great Lakes delayed curlyleaf pondweed growth in the Iowa Great Lakes, but it will top out in portions of East Okoboji Lake and other lakes this week.
Build your own simple nest box for ducks

Build your own simple nest box for ducks

  • 4/12/2018 3:47:00 PM
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Get inspired to attract hooded mergansers and wood ducks to your area with these easy-to-make DIY nest box plans. They work best where these ducks love to nest—wooded wetlands, riverbanks and shorelines.
April SGP Workshop: EPA Regional Priorities, TRI 201 & DOT Transport Regulations

April SGP Workshop: EPA Regional Priorities, TRI 201 & DOT Transport Regulations

  • 4/12/2018 10:31:00 AM
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Join us at the Iowa Strategic Goals Program (ISGP) 1-day workshop on April 24, 2018 where regulators would provide hints and tips to help you better understand what is required of your business! This workshop will provide the opportunity to meet with regulators and industry experts in a small setting where questions are welcome!
April SGP Workshop: EPA Regional Priorities, TRI 201 & DOT Transport Regulations

April SGP Workshop: EPA Regional Priorities, TRI 201 & DOT Transport Regulations

  • 3/29/2018 8:28:00 AM
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Join us at the Iowa Strategic Goals Program (ISGP) 1-day workshop on April 24, 2018, where regulators would provide hints and tips to help you better understand what is required of your business! This workshop will provide the opportunity to meet with regulators and industry experts in a small setting where questions are welcome!
Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

  • 1/30/2018 1:57:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through Feb. 14, 2018.  It will be closed after that date and reopens again on May 5, 2018. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
DNR Park Ranger honored by Iowa OHV Association

DNR Park Ranger honored by Iowa OHV Association

  • 1/30/2018 1:55:00 PM
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DNR Park Ranger Christopher (C.J.) Hughes was given a Special Recognition Award by the Iowa Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Association for his education efforts. He received the award at the association’s annual meeting in Williamsburg on Jan. 21.
Join a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day

Join a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day

  • 12/27/2017 11:20:00 AM
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DES MOINES – What’s the best way to spend New Year’s Day? Take a First Day Hike in one of 27 participating Iowa state parks! Hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, and experience spectacular views, beautiful settings and the cultural treasures offered by Iowa’s state parks.  
Save the Date: Spend January 1st on a First Day Hike in a State Park

Save the Date: Spend January 1st on a First Day Hike in a State Park

  • 12/12/2017 1:06:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Free, guided hikes will take place in 26 Iowa state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's First Day Hikes initiative. Hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, and experience spectacular views, beautiful settings and the cultural treasures offered by Iowa’s state parks.  
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy annual report now available

Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy annual report now available

  • 12/12/2017 9:01:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources today highlighted the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Progress Report that is now available.
Remodeled DNR shooting range open in Polk City

Remodeled DNR shooting range open in Polk City

  • 11/9/2017 4:08:00 PM
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POLK CITY -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is proud to announce the newly remodeled Olofson shooting range in rural Polk City is open for business.
Hiding Out in Union Grove

Hiding Out in Union Grove

  • 11/7/2017 2:27:00 PM
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Grab a backpack and discover this best-kept secret among Iowa’s state parks. Spend the day—or a season.
Iowa’s furbearer season begins Nov. 4

Iowa’s furbearer season begins Nov. 4

  • 10/31/2017 11:38:00 AM
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Iowa’s furbearer season opens Nov. 4, and the outlook for 2017 is good as populations are stable to increasing statewide.
Fall is hawk watch time

Fall is hawk watch time

  • 10/10/2017 2:36:00 PM
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Fall is when birds of prey migrate. Attend a Hawk Watch event to see and learn about fascinating raptors!
Meetings to discuss water quality improvement plan for the Iowa River

Meetings to discuss water quality improvement plan for the Iowa River

  • 9/7/2017 1:25:00 PM
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IOWA CITY – Iowans interested in the results of a DNR study to improve water quality in the Iowa River and its tributaries can attend one of three meetings across the basin. Citizens are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas to improve the river to the meeting for discussion. 
Spreading monarch-saving seed balls

Spreading monarch-saving seed balls

  • 9/6/2017 9:30:00 AM
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Milkweed Matters began in 2014 when group founder Kelly Guilbeau began throwing loose milkweed seeds along the RAGBRAI route. The following year, seed ball dispersal began with 2,000 thrown during the ride in collaboration with another organization; Monarchs in Eastern Iowa. Last year the number of seed balls jumped to 58,459—made at 79 different events statewide by 3,406 people. 
Gizzard Shad found in Iowa Great Lakes

Gizzard Shad found in Iowa Great Lakes

  • 8/29/2017 1:05:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) discovered 26, 3- to 5-inch gizzard shad, in East Okoboji Lake on August 11 as part of routine sampling.
State Forest Nursery Launches New Online Store

State Forest Nursery Launches New Online Store

  • 8/22/2017 11:42:00 AM
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Ordering trees from the DNR’s State Forest Nursery just got easier. A new online sales site features dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process.
Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

  • 8/22/2017 10:07:00 AM
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For many, when they step outside to enjoy Iowa’s state parks, snapping some pictures is a natural part of the journey. Explore parks all over the state by hiking, biking, relaxing lake side and experiencing extraordinary views – you can start with these 10, which are the parks posted about the most by Iowans on Instagram
How do fish breathe?

How do fish breathe?

  • 8/4/2017 11:50:00 AM
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Humans and fish both require oxygen to survive. The difference is, we get our oxygen through air while fish get it through water.
Mountain lion killed Tuesday in Ida County

Mountain lion killed Tuesday in Ida County

  • 6/27/2017 1:03:00 PM
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Today, officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were called to dispatch a mountain lion from a farm near Galva, in northeast Ida County. 
Osprey: fishing perfection in feathers

Osprey: fishing perfection in feathers

  • 6/23/2017 2:30:00 PM
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From a hundred feet in the air, a hovering angler folds its wings, silently slipping downward like lightning from the sky, careening until a four-foot portion of the lake thunders into plumes of diamondized water droplets.
Flathead catfish: Iowa's Dracula of the Deep

Flathead catfish: Iowa's Dracula of the Deep

  • 6/22/2017 3:24:00 PM
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They are the aquatic version of Count Dracula, quietly resting in the same dark, hidden location by day, and prowling for living prey by night. And like a vampire, they are legendary for both their great physical strength and ability to achieve a ripe old age.
Glamping: Decoration and Recreation Gone Wild

Glamping: Decoration and Recreation Gone Wild

  • 6/8/2017 11:19:00 AM
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Glamping is a marriage between the words “glamour” and “camping.” Original glampers coveted the escapism of camping with the amenities and comforts of home. It has since become a popular term among women who turn vintage campers into personalized, stylized retreats.
Iowa State University to host exhibit on early Iowa state parks system

Iowa State University to host exhibit on early Iowa state parks system

  • 5/18/2017 8:31:00 AM
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The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives is hosting an exhibition entitled “This movement for a more beautiful Iowa”: The Early Years of Iowa’s State Park System. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of Iowa's State Parks Act, signed into law on April 12, 1917.
Local fishing club pays it forward

Local fishing club pays it forward

  • 5/16/2017 12:15:00 PM
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A central Iowa fishing club is the 2017 recipient of the Brass Bluegill award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish Iowa! program.
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