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A Targeted Conservation Approach for Improving Environmental Quality
Find out how targeted conservation practices can have the most impact on environmental quality while causing only a small change in overall agricultural production. Environmental benefits are discusse
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Adapting to Iowa -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
This publication discusses the Iowa environment, why it’s considered transitional, and the unique ways a wide variety of animals and plants have learned to adapt to Iowa’s variety of habitats.
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Aquatic Plant Management -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Discover biological, chemical and integrated management methods to control aquatic weeds.
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Attracting Birds to Your Yard -- Managing Iowa Habitats
Learn how to attract birds to your yard by providing the four essential items they need to survive: space, food, shelter, and water.
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Benefits and Dangers of Iowa Plants -- Iowa's Plants
Plants fulfill specific roles in food chains, climate, and environment and ultimately affect other plants, wildlife, and people. Learn about the importance, benefits, and dangers of Iowa plants in th
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Bird Feeding: Tips for Beginners and Veterans
Make your backyard inviting to many birds. This publication includes information on different feeders, where to place them, and different kinds of feed. It also includes general bird feeding tips an
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Buffer Strip Design, Establishment and Maintenance -- Stewards of Our Streams
This publication discusses how to design, plant, and maintain a multi-species buffer strip, which is an important part of river ecosystems.
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Building Quality Ponds -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
A quality pond stores the cleanest water possible. This publication describes suitable water sources and the design and maintenance of water impoundments.
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Cage Fish Culture -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Cage culture of fish uses existing water resources but encloses the fish in a cage or basket that allows water to pass freely between the fish and the pond. Consider the advantages and disadvantages.
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Calculation and Conversions for Fisheries -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Includes information to calculate surface areas, depth, and water volume as well as various useful conversions.
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Changing Land Use & Values -- Iowa Natural Resource Heritage Series
The ways in which people use land are constantly changing. This publication discusses how the Indians, European settlers, and the people of today have used and lived off Iowa land. Also learn about th
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Energy in Iowa -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
Learn about studying energy, fuels we use, renewable energy resources, and environmental and economic connections in this Iowa Environmental Issues publication. Also revisit Iowa’s energy vision, the
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Farm Ponds -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Ponds are, at times, both complex and simple ecosystems. Pond complexity depends on the food webs involving many types of organisms. This publication addresses concerns of landowners who wish to conti
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Fen Wetlands - Managing Iowa Habitats
This publication provides detailed information about fens. Fens are the rarest of Iowa’s wetland communities and of great scientific interest. While their geology varies, they all are the products of
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Freshwater Aquarium Management -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Find tips on selecting and maintaining a home aquarium. Consider tank size and shape, stand and positioning, hood, filters, air pumps, heaters, ornaments and hiding places. Also tips for fish purchasi
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Gardening for Butterflies -- Reiman Gardens
A butterfly garden can be created as simply as planting a bunch of butterfly-favorite plants in a sunny corner of your yard. Learn about effective butterfly garden characteristics and which host and
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Getting Started in Aquaculture Enterprises -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Things to consider to begin a fish farming enterprise regarding production, facilities, marketing, and legal issues.
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Grassed Waterways - Managing Iowa Habitats
Grassed waterways provide wildlife with a habitat that includes food, cover, and water. As fencerows originally found in Iowa are declining, grassed waterways have become more important to Iowa’s wil
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Important Iowa Conservationists -- Iowa Natural Resource Heritage Series
This publication provides mini biographies for several important Iowa conservationists, including John F. Lacey, the pioneer of federal conservation legislation; Bohumil Shimek, Iowa’s first environm
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Intensive Aquaculture Systems -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Interest in aquaculture (fish farming) is increasing. This brochure provides potential aquaculturists with information to help them objectively study the feasibility of adding intensive aquaculture t
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Introduction to Iowa Native Prairie Plants -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Find out more about native plants and their uses in a garden or large planting. Includes more than 20 color photos, plus a detailed chart of prairie plant characteristics.
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Iowa Agricultural Practices and the Environment -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
Discover sustainable solutions to problems created by modern agriculture -- problems such as loss of diversity and soil erosion.
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Iowa Air Pollution -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
This publication discusses air pollution in Iowa and includes sections on air pollution and global climate change, stopping pollution at its source, and atmospheric ozone and CFCs.
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Iowa Biodiversity -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
This publications talks about biodiversity and how the strength of natural habitats depends on the diversity of plant and animal life within those habitats and how a loss of diversity can have major
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Iowa Butterfly and Caterpillar Food Preferences -- Reiman Gardens
Find out about providing food and nectar sources in our landscapes and gardens to support and encourage butterfly habitat. Approximately 75 species of butterflies have been recorded in Iowa.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll Summary Report 2009
Highlights from the 2009 farm and rural life poll include: the next generation of farmers, farm policy and commodity production, mixed livestock and grain farming, farming and food systems in rural co
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Iowa Fish -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Learn about the wide variety of fish species found in waterways throughout the state of Iowa. Also learn about the effect water quality has on fish, and how fish populations are managed by the Iowa D
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Iowa Food Webs and other interrelationships -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
Learn about Iowa food webs and how they are affected by human interaction in this publication from the Iowa Association of Naturalists. Interrelationships beyond food webs, including symbiotic, comme
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Iowa Geology and Fossils -- Iowa Physical Environment Series
Learn about the stories minerals, rocks, and fossils tell us about the history of the Earth. Sections discussing the Precambrian Era, the Paleozoic Era, the Mesozoic Era, the Cenozoic Era and the pre
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Iowa Habitat Loss and Disappearing Wildlife -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
This publication discusses habitats in Iowa, including woodland, prairies, and wetland and streams. It also provides information on periods of rampant habitat and wildlife loss and laws that protect
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Iowa Insects, Spiders, and Other Invertebrates -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Iowa Insects, Spiders, and Other Invertebrates -- Iowa Wildlife Series
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Iowa Mammals -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Mammals are among the most interesting and popular of all Earth’s animals. This publication focuses specifically on mammals living in Iowa, with sections on mammal families, unique adaptations mammal
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Iowa Master Conservationist brochure
Master Conservationists are individuals who share an interest in the sustainability of Iowa's natural resources, and in becoming better stewards of Iowa's resources. Learn what it takes to become one.
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Iowa Nature Mapping -- Finding All the Pieces
You can participate in this volunteer program to help natural resource professionals monitor Iowa's flora and fauna.
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Iowa Nesting Birds -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Many species of colorful and vocal songbirds, waterfowl, game birds, birds of prey, and wading and shorebirds nest in Iowa. This publication provides several tables, complete with distinguishing char
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Iowa Prairies -- Biological Communities
This publication contains information on types of prairies, plants of Iowa prairies, wildlife of Iowa prairies, prairie ecology, people and prairies, and managing Iowa prairies.
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Iowa Reptiles and Amphibians -- Iowa Wildlife Series
A wide variety and large number of reptiles and amphibians live in Iowa. Learn about the frogs, salamanders, toads, snakes, and turtles that inhabit the lakes, ponds, rivers, and woodlands in Iowa.
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Iowa Soils -- Iowa Physical Environment Series
Find out more about Iowa’s “black gold” including the particles it’s made of, how to identify the different soil types found in Iowa, and soil conservation techniques to preserve it.
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Iowa Waste Management -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
Learn about waste management in Iowa and how new beliefs and behaviors about garbage have encouraged Iowans to recycle more and waste less.
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Iowa Water Pollution -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
This publication discusses water pollution in Iowa, and includes sections discussing surface and groundwater systems, non-point source and point source pollution, erosion, pollution, and siltation of
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Iowa Waterways -- Biological Communities
Learn about a variety of different waterway communities that are found in Iowa, as well as the plants and animals that live in these communities. Sections on water ecology, people and waterways, and p
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Iowa Weather -- Iowa Physical Environment Series
Weather affects nearly every aspect of our lives, either directly or indirectly. This publication talks about the effects weather has on agriculture, health, culture, recreation, energy, and wildlife
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Iowa Wetlands -- Biological Communities
Learn about wetlands, plants and animals that live in Iowa wetlands, wetland ecology, how people affect wetlands, and what we can do to protect wetland environments.
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Iowa Wildlife Management -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
This publication discusses wildlife management, including its history, goals, and practices. It also includes sections on the basics of habitats, checks and balances, introduced species, and managing
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Iowa Winter Birds -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Iowa Winter Birds -- Iowa Wildlife Series
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Iowa Woodlands -- Biological Communities
Learn about woodlands, plants and animals of Iowa woodlands, woodland ecology, and people and woodlands.
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Iowa's Biological Communities -- Biological Communities
This publication provides an overview of the woodland, prairie, wetland, and waterway biological communities in Iowa. Also learn about how animals and plants have adapted to living in each of these e
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Iowa's Mushrooms and Nonflowering Plants -- Iowa's Plants
Learn about Iowa's mushrooms and other nonflowering plants such as ferns, mosses, and algae.
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Iowa's Shrubs and Vines -- Iowa's Plants
This publication is part of Iowa’s Plants booklet series and is prepared by the Iowa Association of Naturalists. It offers a basic overview of Iowa’s shrubs and vines, their ecology, and benefits. De
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Iowa's Spring Wildflowers -- Iowa's Plants
Anyone interested in Iowa’s beautiful landscape will find this booklet, prepared by the Iowa Association of Naturalists, useful for learning and teaching about the common plants in Iowa. This publica
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Iowa's Summer and Fall Wildflowers -- Iowa's Plants
Anyone interested in the beauty of the Iowa outdoors will find this booklet, prepared by the Iowa Association of Naturalists, useful for learning and teaching about the common plants in Iowa. This pub
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Iowa's Trees -- Iowa's Plants
This publication provides basic information on trees. It also introduces the wide variety of trees found in Iowa that produce nuts, fruits, and seeds and the role these trees play in the environment.
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Is Fish Farming for You? -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Fish farming, or aquaculture, has attracted the attention of farmers, landowners, and investors as an alternative agriculture enterprise in Iowa. If you are considering fish farming, this checklist m
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Keeping Iowa Wildlife Wild -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
This publication put out by the Iowa Association of Naturalists provides general information on a variety of wildlife including mammals, birds of prey, and songbirds. It also gives instructions for w
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Linear Habitats in Rural Landscapes - Managing Iowa Habitats
The creative management of Iowa’s farmland is important for enhancing wildlife habitat, improving environmental quality, recreational opportunities, and visual appeal. This publication is to assist la
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Luvabug Learning -- The Child Scientist at Play
Includes five "serendipity" activities designed to help creative teachers make the most of children's high regard for insects.
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Migration Mysteries: Disappearing Neotropicals
Neotropical migrants may be indicators of the health of our environment. Read about the migration process and what's happening.
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Misconceptions about Iowa Wildlife -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
We grow up with many myths and misconceptions about wildlife that make people fearful of certain animals. This publication clears up many misconceptions relating to spiders, insects, amphibians, snake
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Moles -- Managing Iowa Wildlife
The Eastern mole is the most common species of mole found throughout Iowa. Read about behavior and reproduction, food habits, habitat, tunneling, economic impact and management, and control.
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National Pest Alert -- West Nile Virus in North America
West Nile encephalitis, a mosquito-transmitted disease, was first documented in North America during the summer of 1999, when an outbreak occurred in New York City. Since that time, cases of West Nile
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Natural Cycles in Iowa -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
Natural cycles are the processes by which all essential materials flow through the living and non-living parts of ecosystems. Learn about the natural water, gaseous, sedimentary, and nutrient cycling
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People, Communities, and Their Iowa Environment -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
This publication discusses the nature of communities, community environmental benefits, and getting to know the community and the environment. It also discusses several stories of successful Iowa comm
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Pocket Gophers -- Managing Iowa Wildlife
The plains pocket gopher is a stocky, medium sized, burrowing rodent found throughout Iowa. This publication includes information on behavior, reproduction, food habits, habitat, tunneling, economic
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Prairie Investigators -- Using Plants and Animals to Uncover the Mystery of the Prairie
Biologists are detectives; they observe clues and interpret what they see. Use this guide to practice those skills and learn about the tall-grass prairie.
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Preserving Natural Habitat in Iowa -- Land Use Series
Iowa has the smallest percentage of its original natural habitat remaining of all the 50 states. Learn more about the benefits of preserving biodiversity.
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Problem Birds Around Homes and Farmsteads -- Managing Iowa Wildlife
Many people attract birds to their backyards with plantings and feeders. Sometimes this can result in unexpected or unwanted birds. Learn how to control such birds by removing daily requirements; sp
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Rabbit Damage to Tree Plantings
Get details on fencing and repellents to prevent rabbit damage to trees.
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Raccoons -- Managing Iowa Wildlife
Although there are 26 separate subspecies of the raccoon, only one is found in Iowa. This publication discusses raccoon traits, reproduction, habitat and food habits, movements, death and diseases, e
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References and Resources for Prairies and Native Plantings -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Prairie plants and other native plants are returning to the Iowa landscape. This publication offers a list of resources that will help those planning to create any size prairie plantings.
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Rented Land in Iowa: Social and Environmental Dimensions
More than half of Iowa farmland is rented. Decisions regarding who has access to that land and how it is farmed can influence the social and environmental outcomes of family farming. See what the Iowa
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Restoring Iowa Prairies - Managing Iowa Habitats
With increasing awareness of the valuable role prairies play in the natural world, prairie communities throughout the Midwest are being identified, protected, and restored. This publication is to ass
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Restoring Iowa Streams -- Managing Iowa Habitats
Iowa is rich in water resources, but the restoration and management of Iowa’s rivers and streams is important for enhancing or improving water quality, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, an
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Restoring Iowa Wetlands - Managing Iowa Habitats
This publication can assist landowners in the identification, restoration, and management of shallow-water wetlands similar to those once scattered across Iowa’s countryside.
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Restoring Iowa Woodlands - Managing Iowa Habitats
This publication is to assist landowners interested in the restoration and management of Iowa woodlands for wildlife.
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Restoring Odd Areas in Rural Landscapes - Managing Iowa Habitats
This publication is to help landowners manage those “odd areas” like abandoned farmsteads, roadsides, and fence corners.
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Riparian Buffer Systems -- Stewards of Our Streams
Restoration and management of the land’s natural riparian buffer system can improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and build diversity that has been lost with modern land uses. Publication offe
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Seeds, Nuts, and Fruits of Iowa Plants -- Iowa's Plants
Plants are a beautiful and important part of nature. Learn about how they get their start in this publication about seeds from the Iowa Association of Naturalists. Topics discussed include what seeds
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Shelves, Houses, and Feeders for Birds and Mammals
Learn how to build your own birdhouse, shelf, or feeder. Included are step-by-step directions, blueprints, and tips for using recycled materials. These 35 building plans, requiring common materials
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Sphinx Moths -- Reiman Gardens
Learn more about a fascinating insect behavior viewed in the home garden—nectar feeding by large, dark moths (sphinx moths) that look like hummingbirds.
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State Symbols of Iowa -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
Iowa is a state with many unique, impressive, and important natural features. Our state government has recognized the importance of these natural features by designating some as official “state symbol
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Strategizing Partnerships for Managing Natural Resources
Natural resource management is shifting from a top-down approach to incorporate more community involvement through partnerships. Strategizing Partnerships for Managing Natural Resources provid
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Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in Iowa
Here's information on the three most common ticks found in Iowa, the time of year they are active, and the types of disease that ticks can transmit to humans and animals.
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Use of Copper Compounds in Aquatic Systems -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Find out how to safely use copper compounds to control algae in farm ponds. Determine dosage rates for your pond size and water type, select proper tools, and know best handling methods.
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Walleye Culture Manual (bound version)
An in-depth publication of walleye culture from the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (bound version)
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Water Quality -- Managing Iowa Fisheries
Water, the most important component for raising fish, is often the most neglected factor. The purpose of this publication is to assist the fish farmer or pond owner in pond management.
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Wetlands, Wildlife and You
Wetlands are an important natural resource and are about the most productive ecosystem on Earth. Learn about wetlands, including information on animals such as muskrat, mink, fish, and birds; wetlan
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White Tailed Deer -- Managing Iowa Wildlife
Learn about the history, biology, habitat, and habits of white-tailed deer in Iowa. Explore deer-human interactions, deer damage, and ways to manage these problems.
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Why Landowners Restore Wetlands: A National Survey
This 1997 research report summarizes interviews with 305 landowners who participated in wetland restoration programs over the preceding 10 years. Strengths and weaknesses of these programs are discu
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Wild Turkeys -- Managing Iowa Wildlife
Wild turkeys have been successfully reintroduced to Iowa. Read about their life history and ecology, reproduction, management, economic importance, problem control, and a chart to help you identify
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Woodpeckers -- Managing Iowa Wildlife
In Iowa, there are 10 reported species of woodpeckers. Read about woodpecker characteristics, habitat, behavior and reproduction, feeding, drumming, economic importance, and control.
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