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Researchers looking for insight into wild turkey population decline

Researchers looking for insight into wild turkey population decline

  • 1/9/2024 3:29:00 PM
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The reintroduction of wild turkeys to Iowa’s landscape has been celebrated as a conservation success story for the past 25 years. But Iowa’s turkey population is showing troubling signs: the numbers are down, nests are failing and fewer poults are surviving. And it’s not just an Iowa problem – turkey populations are declining in all states in the Midwest and across the eastern half of the United States.
2022 Statewide Materials Characterization Study now available

2022 Statewide Materials Characterization Study now available

  • 11/4/2022 4:32:00 PM
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DES MOINES — The 2022 Statewide Materials Characterization Study identifying and quantifying materials being landfilled in Iowa is now available. The study will be the basis for implementing new and updated programs and policies and enhancing existing efforts to further reduce and recycle end of life materials.
Study tracks reclusive, threatened turtle species to better understand habitat needs

Study tracks reclusive, threatened turtle species to better understand habitat needs

  • 8/30/2022 1:19:00 PM
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The flat-bottomed boat noisily snaked through the narrow path through the towering cattails, its mud motor pushing it to a specific place in the marsh. On board, is a small but important passenger – a nearly year-old Blanding’s turtle outfitted with a battery powered tracking device about the size of a dime with a small antenna.
Study aims to shed light on reclusive mudpuppy

Study aims to shed light on reclusive mudpuppy

  • 12/17/2019 1:05:00 PM
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Guttenberg, Iowa - Kevin Hanson had to throttle back his heavy flat-bottomed aluminum boat as he began to break up a thin layer of ice that had formed overnight on the slack water in Pool 11 of the Upper Mississippi River.
Study shows new recovery rate of containers in Iowa

Study shows new recovery rate of containers in Iowa

  • 1/18/2018 1:28:00 PM
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DES MOINES -- A new Waste Characterization Study completed by the Iowa DNR has determined the recovery rate for containers covered under the bottle deposit law is 71 percent, down from 86 percent in 2007. The decrease in the recovery rate is consistent with other states that also have a bottle bill. 
Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

  • 7/19/2016 1:21:00 PM
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Iowa’s 15-day annual pheasant population survey begins on Aug. 1, and wildlife experts say all indicators are pointing to a stable to increasing population of the popular game bird.