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  • Few Deer, Fewer Pheasants…What GIVES? | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    adjustment albeit on a pretty big scale Pheasants With five consecutive pheasant killing winters and four out of five pheasant unfriendly springs we went into the season expecting the lowest harvest ever 150 000 to 200 000 birds this fall is the meager harvest estimated by DNR upland game researcher Todd Bogenschutz August roadside counts the primary indicator of hunter success dropped to an all time low in 2011 Anyone driving across a chunk of rural Iowa notices the lack of grassy cover Pheasants need that to survive not just during warm weather but when winter winds howl Winter is the primary culprit but lack of cover increases those losses And with 6 corn in the marketplace conservationists are worried that even more Conservation Reserve Program CRP acres will be plowed back into row crop production as Congress slashes conservation dollars from a 2012 Farm Bill The good news there has to be something after five bad years is most of Iowa made it halfway through the winter before the first real snow fell Studies show hen losses climb 5 for each week with snow cover Biologists say if we could string together three normal winters Iowans see a pheasant harvest of 600 000 800 000 birds not normal but getting in the range again Deer Think there are fewer deer out there You re right The herd was approximately 12 lower in fall 2011 compared to 2010 said Tom Litchfield DNR deer research biologist For east most of central and southern Iowa hunters for the most part saw fewer deer In northwestern and north central Iowa where numbers were lower deer numbers were very similar to 2010 Iowa s deer harvest rose steadily for decades topping 211 000 in 2004 It s dipped since then 127 000 in 2010

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  • Climate Change Affecting Iowans | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    our state and its role in national and global food security They point to 40 years of intense rainfall occurring about five times more often than in previous history As a result they note the enormous expense faced by communities as they recover from repeated 500 year floods They note that in 2008 alone 85 of Iowa s 99 counties were declared federal disaster areas I believe it is important

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  • IWF Schoolyard Habitat | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    at Taylor Elementary School forcing students and teachers into neighboring schools for the next school year Nearby most families with kids at the Grant Wood Early Learning Center were hit by the flooding even if the classrooms remained dry As the school communities recovered they accepted an offer from IWF Portions of the school grounds were set aside for development as prairies Not the rolling acres that first greeted European settlers but small patches reminders of what Iowa looked like and of the importance to maintain remnants of that rich ecosystem To go back to the past we had to skim off the present With help from its Leadership for Five Seasons class over 20 Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce volunteers worked most of the day in light rain cutting sod out of the designated prairie patches We wanted a project to help those affected by the flood It fit us perfectly It was outdoors and we were helping a couple schools in the community said Shannon Hanson from the Leadership program We wanted it also to be something we could go back to year after year and say Hey we did that With the Alliant grant the Iowa Wildlife

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/iwf-schoolyard-habitat/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Spring Turkeys | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    thought of that encounter as I sat in the photo blind last Friday morning The temps were already pushing toward the lower 20s when around 7 45 I heard a double gobble I ripped off a few notes with the antique Tom Turpin yelper and the tom roared back Within minutes the gobbler came into view struttin his stuff and dragging his wings through the snow I kept calling and at one point the gobbler approached close enough that I could have almost whacked him with a stick Two hens arrived on the scene and the gobbler immediately lost interest in any further conversations with me After just walking around for a couple of minutes one of the hens suddenly went submissive When the fanned out gobbler turned his back and started marching the opposite direction the hen jumped up cut him off and resubmitted This time the tom paid attention After mating with the hen the gobbler strutted out of sight over the top of ridge The last I saw of the Long Beard was a retreating fan and the sound of ever distant gobbling echoing through the timber As the tom disappeared I couldn t help wondering what

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/spring-turkeys/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Winter Bird Feeding | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    that is has been a volatile sales year for sunflower seeds Chalk that up to high crop prices Soy oil is used for frying cooking in the restaurant business The price of soybeans on the commodity market pushes up the price of soy oil explains Dick Irvin from Paul s Discount Store in Iowa City which devotes an aisle to bird feed and feeders Many soy oil users turn to sunflower seed oil which drove up the demand and price for sunflower oil and seed A 25 pound bag of black oil sunflower seeds retailed for 14 15 in December nearly double the cost of four or five years ago Still it is scaled down from this past summer With the harvest season for major sunflower producers South Dakota Nebraska Kansas more seed is available It drives the price back down says Irvin There are other sources for specific birds though Various finches are partial to nyjer seed Most woodpeckers zero in on suet A trip to the bird feeding counter or store can set you up with the particular feeders and foods to enjoy a colorful show from your window as the snow flies Those who enjoy songbirds boy you can draw them right into your picture window emphasizes Schlarbaum Snowy owl Sightings A northern visitor is causing a stir among winter birders in Iowa An irruption of snowy owls yielded December sightings from Johnson County December 4 to Ida and Woodbury Counties in the west to Fremont in the southwest and Ames Boone in central Iowa through the first half of December They were expected to continue through February The large Arctic bird rarely ventures this far south unless food supplies are scarce in its home range They feed primarily on lemmings and voles Their white plumage with

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/winter-bird-feeding/ (2016-05-01)
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  • River Clean Up | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    Delhi had been one of the Iowa s premier smallmouth bass streams a paddler s hotspot too Things changed last summer when torrential rains and surging floodwaters blew out much of the impoundment s dam Walls of water crashed downstream carrying along boats siding docks cables even garden hoses and toys anything else that could not escape the wrath of the flood Much of the debris clogged the steep banks in the public area just below the dam until the seniors pulled pried and yanked it out A lot of docks basically a lot of lumber a porta potty a refrigerator seat cushions and a lot of smaller trash recalls volunteer Jordan Helle It was hard but it all pays off in the end Some of the debris could be walked out to the pickup area But the hilly tree lined banks made for tough going Enter a jet boat with cargo room We were able to get upriver without a problem The kids brought their materials right down to the water explains Mark Winn fisheries technician from the DNR s nearby Manchester hatchery which volunteered the boat A couple Iowa Wildlife Federation members loaned a hand and supplied bottled

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  • Blog post: Afternoon Adventure | Iowa Wild Kids
    had hoped to complete before the kids were off school for the year remained untouched Laundry well there s always laundry As we got around and thought about what to do on Memorial Day though Posted by iawildlife in Blog post Afternoon Adventure 0 comments Read More Recent Posts It s cold outside Oh Christmas Tree A Walk with Grandpa Fall into fall leaves Friends Fun at the Iowa Arboretum

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/iowa_wild_kids/?cat=4 (2016-05-01)
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  • Blog post: Be a butterfly hero! | Iowa Wild Kids
    to them in our local craft store Wiggle worm was even a monarch butterfly for Halloween However they mean so much more especially recently than just being cute symbols of Posted by iawildlife in Blog post Be a butterfly hero 0 comments Read More Recent Posts It s cold outside Oh Christmas Tree A Walk with Grandpa Fall into fall leaves Friends Fun at the Iowa Arboretum Recent Comments Archives

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