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  • Albino Deer on the Move | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    inner ears nose and eyes has been spotted closer to North Liberty AND nearby Interstate 380 as summer turned to fall A truck driver reported leaning on his torn to scare the deer back across the fence from the shoulder of I 380 just north of North Liberty Several other sightings came in late September placing her in a field between the interstate segment and nearby Highway 965 The deer without antlers so presumed a doe had been appearing on many evenings in a hay field along a county blacktop west of Solon near Lake Macbride State Park She sometimes drew crowds of 10 to 15 people who stopped on evening walks to watch feeding in the field At one point one of the viewers saw what might have been a fawn regular colored trotting past the white deer and into the nearby grass Wildlife biologists stake the odds of an albino deer at 1 in 100 000 or more every few years sightings of one are reported in Iowa Each parent must carry the recessive gene and pass it along to the fawn There is evidence that albinism in an animal carries with it a higher prospect of developing

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  • IWF Applauds NPR-A Management Plan | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    to bring together the citizens conservation congress which became the National Wildlife Federation If Darling were with us today he would recognize and appreciate our country s continued need for a comprehensive approach to development and protection of our natural resources and wildlife habitat Whether in the context of protecting Iowa s wetland habitat for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds or planning for oil and gas drilling on Alaska s North Slope the need to seek balance has long range and in many cases far reaching effects If there is anything we have learned from Darling s persistent advocacy it is that decisions made in other regions have an impact on us here and our wildlife and natural resources Nowhere is that need for balance greater than across Alaska s National Petroleum Reserve At nearly 23 million acres the Reserve is America s largest contiguous unit of public land Set aside in 1923 as a petroleum resource for the Navy new seismic surveys and dozens of exploratory wells now estimate just 500 million barrels of economically recoverable oil are available in the Reserve less than a month s supply for the United States But there is so much more than oil in the reserve Key sections provide summer habitat for millions of migratory birds and waterfowl Sportsmen have described the Teshekpuk Lake area within the Reserve as America s Duck Factory Northern Pintails Canada Geese Long tailed Ducks and other waterfowl which breed molt or stage in the Reserve make their way through Iowa and provide quality hunting opportunities for our state s many sportsmen As the final management plan for the Reserve shows us protecting critical wildlife habitat and providing appropriate access for oil and gas exploration can go hand in hand Iowans were among the advocates for balance through

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  • News | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    year streak of hostile pheasant weather is not lost on Larry Schweiger The President of the National Wildlife Federation toured Iowa in late October urging us to ask about Dropping in on Congress Read more One of the more satisfying chores of delegates at the NWF Annual Meeting when in Washington DC is the chance to sit across the table from your Congressman or Senator and tell him Few Deer Fewer Pheasants What GIVES Read more One and done That s the route many pheasant hunters took this fall Fair sized crowds walked the mostly picked crop fields and grassy cover on Opening Day However most of the Climate Change Affecting Iowans Read more Scientists from across Iowa are re affirming that climate change is real and urging candidates to acknowledge the science of climate change and present appropriate policy IWF Schoolyard Habitat Read more It didn t take long to turn back the clock in a couple eastern Iowa schoolyards With a grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation and a lot of volunteer planning and labor prairie Spring Turkeys Read more A few days ago a younger hunter asked me when considering the snow and late spring weather I

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  • Iowa Wild Kids |
    Jimmy Carter When a city boy married a country girl small town life initially sufficed as a compromise As children came along we felt confined by the boundaries of life in town and sought a life that was more quiet free and connected to nature An acre of mostly wooded land overlooking the Des Moines River Valley provided us with enough neighbors for companionship but enough privacy for our desire for solitude Since moving our kids have all but stopped asking to watch television and getting them out of pajamas before heading outside to play is the new challenge We are passionate about caring for and learning about the beautiful land we call home and inspiring other families to get outside and enjoy nature Meet Dad Mom Wiggle Worm Ladybug and Dragonfly Iowa born raised and loving it We are a family that loves living close to nature getting dirty outside and exploring from the Missouri to the Mississippi and everywhere in between Dad Reformed city boy who now owns work boots a chainsaw and and a grove of native oaks and wouldn t change it for anything Still hates yard work Mom Grew up roaming the woods waterways of

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  • Albino Deer | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    miles west of Solon on County Road F 16 near the main entrance of Lake Macbride State Park Might the doe have a fawn in the woods or grassy waterway behind her That was answered as a small fawn bounced ahead of her one evening cutting quickly into the grass The doe turned sharply into the grass at the same spot An albino deer is very rare chances of one occurring are 1 in 100 000 or higher noted Willie Suchy wildlife research supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources Each parent of an albino must carry the gene It s a combination of gene alignment that causes it In the wild albinism is a curse If an animal doesn t blend into its surroundings it soon becomes a meal Suchy says there is also indication that albinos may carry other recessive traits that affect their health thus leading to a shorter life span DNR deer research biologist Tom Litchfield estimates he gets half a dozen calls of white deer each year Some may be the same animal Some are not albinos but perhaps fallow deer a non native species whose colors range from white to piebald to darn brown

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  • Climate Change Advocate Warns Iowans | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    Iowa our five year streak of hostile pheasant weather is not lost on Larry Schweiger The President of the National Wildlife Federation hit six cities in late October urging Iowans to ask about climate change its impact on wildlife and its role in national political discussion Iowa s first in the nation caucuses were in the back of our minds too However his message is not a short term pitch It is a lifetime plea if not our lifetimes then those of our grandchildren Schweiger cited study after study with examples from around the world showing that the Earth s temperature is rising due to pronounced increases in greenhouse gas increases that scientists say already are producing mega shifts in weather patterns He points to Midwest floods caused by extreme rain and snow events occurring just a few hundred miles away from an extended drought and three million acres of Texas wildfires of four million acres of Colorado pine forests dying because invasive pine bark beetles can now survive the slightly warmer winters A lot of people think climate change is real but too far away In 2011 this is no longer the case stressed Schweiger He showed evidence of worldwide climate swings emphasizing it is not just a regional anomaly Deserving special attention is the upcreep in temperatures in the Arctic where ice which reflects back heat is giving way to open water which absorbs it He warns there is an 80 chance of late summer open water in the Arctic by 2020 The impact of course is felt already by innumerable plant and wildlife species of robins returning ten days sooner inWisconsin of plant communities which cannot adapt and follow the rising temperatures None will disappear tomorrow But over time many species face climate changed caused extinction Nature

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  • Climate Change Not On The Way…It’s HERE now. | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    our lifetimes then those of our grandchildren Schweiger cited study after study showing that the Earth s temperature is rising due to pronounced increases in greenhouse gas Scientists point to mega shifts in weather patterns showing global climate change is not environmental saber rattling but that it is here right now In 2011 extreme rain and snow events flooded the upper Midwest just a few hundred miles away from an extended drought and three million acres of Texas wildfires four million acres of Colorado pine forests dying because invasive pine bark beetles can now survive the slightly warmer winters A lot of people think climate change is real but too far away In 2011 this is no longer the case stressed Schweiger Worldwide climate swings emphasize it is not just a regional anomaly Deserving special attention is the upcreep in Arctic temperatures where ice which reflects back heat is giving way to open water which absorbs it Schweiger warns there is an 80 chance of late summer open water in the Arctic by 2020 Schweiger advocates a new energy economy with heavy attention on solar thermal and wind sources and the jobs they promise and to rid the planet of

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  • Dropping in on Congress | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    if the Member does not agree with your stand on the issue Either way though it provides you a wedge albeit a tiny one at times to influence legislation Even if the member votes against your stand your face to face disagreement has to carry a bit more weight than a phone call or email The IWF had a three person delegation knocking on Capitol Hill doors during the 2011 NWF conference in Washington DC Sue Wilkinson John Zietlow and Joe Wilkinson met separately with Congressman Dave Loebsack and staffers from the offices of Senators Harkin Grassley and Congressmen Leonard Boswell and Bruce Braley That IWF presence grew to four as Atlantic Iowa native and NWF staffer Jenny Kordick sat in for a couple appointments Top priorities Getting support for the Clean Water Act and for adequate conservation funding This spring s House passed Continuing Resolution had drastic cuts in critical environmental programs During the lobby sessions the lawmakers were urged to vote to adequately fund conservation programs and to vote against future budget or spending bills that include harmful Clean Water Act policy riders The IWF delegation had positive response from Loebsack moments before he was summoned from the

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