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Iris at Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie, Buchanan County

Jessica Rilling

Blog For Tag "wildlife"

  • Iowa partnership unveils strategy to conserve the monarch butterfly

    FEB. 27, 2017

    The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, which includes INHF, today released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America. The strategy — developed by the consortium — guides the implementation and documentation of a voluntary, statewide effort based on the best available science.

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  • Looking Out for Iowa: Native Pollinators

    JUN. 9, 2016

    Learn more about native pollinators.

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  • 5 things you didn't know about the “Easter Bunny”

    MAR. 27, 2016

    Photo by Michelle Tribe via Flickr Creative Commons Here comes Peter Cottontail — and he's right in your backyard! The cottontail rabbit is one of Iowa's most popular native species and can be found across the state. These cute critters are common, but still hold a few surprises. Here are five unusual facts about the species: Female cottontails are slightly larger than the males, but the average rabbit weighs around two pounds and is 14 to 20 inches long. In states with high agriculture

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  • Where the Wild Things Are: Greater Prairie Chickens

    MAR. 9, 2016

    Welcome to “Where the Wild Things Are,” a monthly series where we feature a unique native species — and the best spots to glimpse these creatures. This month we're featuring the eccentric Prairie Chicken. Large, feathered, and noisy, the prairie chicken isn't all that different from a typical fowl. However, a few distinct qualities set the birds apart. Male prairie chickens feature orange feathers above their eyes and a pair of inflatable neck sacs. These sacs are also bright orange and

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