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Jessica Rilling

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  • Looking Out for Iowa: Learn

    JUN. 9, 2016

    Valuable resources for young and old.

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  • 6 nature podcasts you should be listening to

    FEB. 19, 2016

    Photo courtesy of Patrick Breitenbach Listen up: it's time we talk about podcasts. These episodic audio shows are taking the Internet by storm with the likes of Serial  and  Radiolab , but here at INHF we challenged ourselves to find the best podcasts for nature enthusiasts. Whether you're just starting to subscribe or have been on the bandwagon for years, we hope you'll find a program that piques your interest. If planting is your passion: Tune into “You Bet Your Garden” with

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  • Where to find local prairie seeds

    JAN. 27, 2016

    From purple coneflower to butterfly milkweed, Iowa is home to beautiful native prairie plants. These forbs and grasses not only look pretty, but also provide habitat for Iowa's pollinators and songbirds. Enjoy all these species have to offer by planting your own! Whether you're looking to start a native garden or a full-fledged landscape, the right seeds can make all the difference. INHF thinks having not just native, but local seeds is important for planting. Local simply means seeds that are

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  • Help wildlife this tax season with the Chickadee Check-off

    DEC. 10, 2015

    This holiday season, it's time to give back — to chickadees and other non-game wildlife! On this year's state income tax forms, you can help non-game diversity programs by checking off your support and contributing a donation. In the past, the money raised through the Chickadee Check-off has sponsored the restoration of the river otter, peregrine falcon and the trumpeter swan. But those are only a few of the many success stories. The Iowa DNR lists the types of projects that the Chickadee Ch

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  • How to make a healthy prairie

    DEC. 3, 2015

    One of our main goals at INHF is to preserve, protect and restore Iowa's prairies. In addition to creating beautiful landscapes, a thriving prairie ecosystem can prevent soil erosion, provide crucial habitat for wildlife and insects and promote water quality. We've put together a hypothetical recipe for a healthy Iowan prairie. Our mix contains a balanced combination of grasses, sedges and forbs. Each ingredient was hand-selected for a central Iowa ecosystem, and the ideal ratio of grasses to

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