Iowa Department of Natural Resources

IOWA | Dedicated group of bowhunters provide high quality data to Iowa DNR

IOWA– A unique relationship between Iowa bowhunters and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Research Section is entering its fourteenth year of partnering to collect observation data on wildlife they see while sitting in their tree stand. The data is an important piece to the population estimates used to guide resource management and regulation … Continue reading IOWA | Dedicated group of bowhunters provide high quality data to Iowa DNR

IOWA | 5 cool things to know about gray foxes

From the Fall 2018 issue of Iowa Outdoors magazine Pretty Pelt During the day, gray fox are easily distinguishable from red fox by their color.  While their sides and underbelly are rusty red, the majority of the fox is salt-and-pepper gray with a black streak down the ridge of their tail.  Gray fox are generally smaller, more … Continue reading IOWA | 5 cool things to know about gray foxes

IOWA | Howard County watershed improvement efforts drawing national attention

HOWARD COUNTY, IOWA – Local efforts in Howard County to improve water quality are receiving national attention. Through their partnership with local landowners, Howard SWCD has been able to use funding from the DNR and other partners to improve water quality throughout the county, stabilizing streambanks across multiple watersheds. The National Association of Conservation Districts … Continue reading IOWA | Howard County watershed improvement efforts drawing national attention

IOWA | 8 hidden surprises at Maquoketa Caves

IOWA– Maquoketa Caves State Park may be known for its caves and gorgeous scenery, but do you know about these “hidden surprises” suggested by park staff?  You’ll want to pack your camera! Natural Bridge- The caves may get top billing, but the most unique feature of the park towers about 50 feet over Raccoon Creek. … Continue reading IOWA | 8 hidden surprises at Maquoketa Caves

IOWA | Fuel reaching Catfish Creek near Peosta appears limited

PEOSTA, IA – Cleanup of Monday’s diesel spill near Peosta will take weeks or months, but the amount of diesel fuel that reached Catfish Creek appears limited according to the DNR. “The large BP storage tank is now empty, and most of the diesel fuel was retained in an area around the tank.  BP has … Continue reading IOWA | Fuel reaching Catfish Creek near Peosta appears limited

IOWA | 5 Fun Summer Fishing Getaways

Take that long-needed break and go fishing with your family before the crazy back to school schedule starts IOWA– Here’s our top picks for summer fishing getaways.Take that long-needed break and go fishing with your family before the crazy back to school schedule starts! 5 Fun Summer Fishing Getaways | Iowa DNR Crawford Creek – … Continue reading IOWA | 5 Fun Summer Fishing Getaways

IOWA | More cool things to know about bald eagles

How much do you know about our national bird? IOWA– They are  a big deal… Quite literally, with a wingspan of 6 to 7.5 feet! Most bald eagles are 3 to 3.5 feet tall and weigh 8 to 15 pounds.  Despite this impressive and fierce appearance, bald eagles can only lift 3 to 5 pounds.  … Continue reading IOWA | More cool things to know about bald eagles

Iowa DNR News: DNR on patrol for boating under the influence

DES MOINES, IA – Boating while intoxicated is a top enforcement priority for Iowa DNR conservation officers during an upcoming special enforcement project and during the Fourth of July holiday. Iowa DNR conservation officers will be heavily patrolling Iowa waterways and recreational boating enforcement during the Operation Dry Water campaign, June 29 – July 1.  … Continue reading Iowa DNR News: DNR on patrol for boating under the influence