This Black Friday, give the gift of conservation!

This Black Friday, shop conservation.
Support Iowa’s natural beauty with an INHF gift membership.
Tis the season to support Iowa’s land, water and wildlife!
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This Black Friday, give the gift of conservation. Support Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Iowa’s natural areas with a gift membership to INHF!

When you give $25 or more, your friends and family will receive full membership benefits to INHF: Our quarterly magazine, our 2015 nature calendar and updates on the great conservation work happening in Iowa!

Yours in conservation,


Wildlife Diversity Program

*From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

ChickadeeCheckAd_3x2.5_ColorIowa Taxpayers Increase Donations to Wildlife in 2013 Tax Year

Last year, more than 8,000 Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their tax form. This marks the fourth straight year donations to the fund have increased, a trend that Stephanie Shepherd, DNR Wildlife Diversity Biologist, hopes to continue in 2014. Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday – Big Bluestem


Andropogon gerardii, commonly known as big bluestem, is a flowering stalk that grows 3-7 inches tall. The tips of the flower stalk closely resembles the foot of a bird, which makes this perennial earn its other nickname, turkeyfoot. This photo was taken around the area of Stone State Park by longtime INHF member, Robert Gillespie of Sioux City.

Trail Tuesday: T-Bone Trail

Every Tuesday, look for a new featured trail story on our blog – part of our new “Trail Tuesday” series. This will be a way for you to learn about all the different trails we have to offer on our Iowa By Trail app. If you like what you read you can download the app and go explore! For any questions on these trails, email

T-Bone Trail-01This week’s featured trail is the T-Bone Trail. Continue reading

Nature Walk: Leafless

Leafless Trees at Sunset

“Silhouettes of leafless trees against a sunset or sunrise dramatically accents their shape and form. One can easily follow up the main trunk to the branches which become smaller and smaller to form a canopy of tiny twigs. Nature is all about structure, form and detail. Late autumn may help us to see the forest for the trees.” -Carl Kurtz

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this photo or requesting information on possible use of any of our “Nature Walk” photographs, please contact Carl Kurtz at View our other Nature Walk posts!


Apply Now: INHF Communications Internship

Kerri & Lois - cropped 2Test the waters in all aspects of communications — magazine writing, press releases, photography, social media, websites, blogs and more — with Iowa’s leading natural conservation organization. 

Job description
The communications intern writes news releases and magazine articles about INHF projects, assists with special events (like our annual Hagie Heritage Award), writes blog posts, updates our website and social media, and much more. Depending on organizational needs and intern skills, he/she may also assist with public events, photography and occasional graphic design. Continue reading

Can Woolly Bears Really Predict Winter?

Woolly Bears

Photo by Patrick Snell, Mark Ackelson Fellow

Many Iowans have probably heard of the Woolly Bear (Pyrrharctia isabella) or the Woolly Worm.

If not, folklore states that the Woolly Bear can forecast the upcoming winter by the colors on its fur. The Woolly Bear has 13 ridges that can be either black or brown. The 13 ridges are to help signify the 13 weeks of winter. The longer the black markings are on either end signify that there will be a harsher winter. You can also estimate if the beginning or the end of winter would be worse. If the black is longer on the head then it will be a harsher winter the first few weeks, if on the tail then the last few weeks. Continue reading