DNR http://iowapublicradio.org en Predators Come Back to Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/predators-come-back-iowa <p>A mother black bear and her two cubs were spotted earlier this week, on the border of Fayette and Clayton Counties, in northeast Iowa.&nbsp; The next day, a beekeeper discovered bear scat and paw prints near some damaged hives. Also this week, the <a href="http://www.iowadnr.gov/">Iowa Department of Natural Resources</a> confirmed the state's first mountain lion of 2014. A deer carcass with signs of mountain lion predation was found in Cherokee County, in northeast Iowa.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:35:04 +0000 Sarah Boden 43911 at http://iowapublicradio.org Predators Come Back to Iowa Got Goats? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/got-goats <p>A herd of goats are the newest employees of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. &nbsp;64 of them will be eating their way through a 7 acre patch in &nbsp;Ensign Hollow Wildlife Management Area in Northeast Iowa's Clayton County. &nbsp;There's dense vegetation there that's preventing hikers, bird watchers and anglers from using the area as much as they could. &nbsp;That dense vegetation is also a challenge for traditional heavy mowing equipment because of the steep terrain. The goats have with them a pair of chocolate colored miniature donkeys who will run off any would be predators. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:11:36 +0000 Pat Blank 43556 at http://iowapublicradio.org Got Goats? Iowa's globally significant bird area http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-globally-significant-bird-area <p></p><p>Effigy Mounds-Yellow River Forest in northeast Iowa’s Allamakee County is designated as the first globally important bird area for Iowa, and it’s all because of a very small blue and white bird with a lovely song called the Cerulean Warbler.&nbsp; Bird Biologist with Iowa DNR Bruce Ehresman says it’s the largest important bird</p><p></p><p>conservation area in the state with about 135 thousand acres….</p><p>A dedication of the state’s first globally important bird area takes place May 31<sup>st</sup> at the Yellow River State Forest headquarters.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 22:45:31 +0000 Julie Englander 40888 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's globally significant bird area Trumpeter Swans Returning to Southern Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trumpeter-swans-returning-southern-iowa <p></p><p></p><p>Last spring, flooding destroyed 19 percent of trumpeter swan nests in Iowa.&nbsp; Then in the fall many of the juveniles, or cygnets, died from drought.</p><p>Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife research technician Dave Hoffman says modification of Iowa’s watershed causes this severe weather.</p><p>“Wetlands…act as sponges to clean and hold the water in the spring, but also…hold the water in the fall (to) provide the moisture we need.”</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:35:11 +0000 Sarah Boden 40616 at http://iowapublicradio.org Trumpeter Swans Returning to Southern Iowa Murky Waters and Pi Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/murky-waters-and-pi-day <p>Is winter almost over?&nbsp; And how has the long, harsh season affect Iowa's waterways and aquatic life?&nbsp; Also, the latest Quinnipiac <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/iowa/release-detail?ReleaseID=2019">poll</a>, 2014's Cancer in Iowa <a href="http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/shri/pubs/pdf/Cancer_2014.pdf">report</a>, Iowa's new tourism <a href="http://thegazette.com/2014/03/10/iowa-launches-new-tourism-ad-campaign/">ad campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.piday.org/">Pi Day</a> at the <a href="http://www.sciowa.org/">Science Center of Iowa Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:15:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37564 at http://iowapublicradio.org Murky Waters and Pi Day News Buzz: Military Contracts http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-military-contracts <p>Host Ben Kieffer <span class="userContent">covers a number of topics in a roundup of the week's news including a conversation with Iowa Public Radio's </span>Cedar Rapids reporter <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/durrie-bouscaren">Durrie Bouscaren</a> on how <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/impact-military-spending-cuts-uneven-among-iowas-defense-companies">Iowa military</a> <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wars-end-iowa-defense-contractors-seek-new-markets">contractors have</a> <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/decline-contracting-means-new-roles-service-me Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:01:16 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 33161 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Military Contracts News Buzz http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-0 <p>Host Ben Kieffer gets the latest on news from around Iowa.&nbsp; MidAmerican Energy gives an update on the power outage which left almost 40,000 Des Moines-area residents in the dark. IPR's Joyce Russell discusses changes to the problematic Toledo Juvenile Home.&nbsp; The DNR has a new report which looks at drought conditions in Iowa.&nbsp; Also, Dubuque native Brooks Wheelan joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live."</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:39:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Emily Woodbury 29416 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz Roadside Ride-Along, Countin' Critters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/roadside-ride-along-countin-critters <p></p><p>Iowa's 15- day annual roadside survey is underway at 208 locations around the state. The 30 mile routes are driven at sunrise by Department of Natural Resources staff members along gravel roads. The surveyors watch for pheasants, cottontail and jack rabbits, quail and Hungarian partridge. The count helps gauge the well being of those species, with a focus on the pheasant population. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank tagged&nbsp;along on a&nbsp;survey in Story County.</p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 17:56:30 +0000 Pat Blank 26871 at http://iowapublicradio.org Roadside Ride-Along, Countin' Critters Water Quality and River and Lake Restoration http://iowapublicradio.org/post/water-quality-and-river-and-lake-restoration-0 <p>Many of Iowa's rivers and lakes are unable to support recreation and fishing and are in need of restoration. Governor Branstad's proposed budget cuts funding for restoration projects. Today on River to River, we talk with the Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, as well as people in communities impacted by the cuts.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:38:31 +0000 Clay Masters 17171 at http://iowapublicradio.org Water Quality and River and Lake Restoration More Money for Livestock Inspectors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/more-money-livestock-inspectors <p>The head of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources &nbsp;asked the governor and his budget advisors for &nbsp;more than a million dollars to hire new inspectors for the state’s livestock facilities.&nbsp; But that&nbsp; may not be enough to prevent the federal Environmental Protection agency&nbsp;</p><p>from taking over enforcement of clean water standards.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:31:45 +0000 Joyce Russell 11362 at http://iowapublicradio.org More Money for Livestock Inspectors