Spend the afternoon picking seeds and learning about the historic Marietta Sand Prairie–then round out the day with a hot cup of cider. We are offering a coach from Des Moines to the work site for this event. Reserve a bus seat with Mary Runkel at email@example.com. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Late this summer, get outdoors and help support an INHF project! The Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon is raising funds for Ingawanis Woodland in Bremer County on Aug. 29.
Paddle, run and bike your way through upland woods unique for the area!
Ingawanis is a former boy scout camp near Waterloo. When the camp shut down, INHF acquired 140 acres of the property to ensure that its natural resources and recreation opportunities were safeguarded for the future. All funds raised from the triathlon will support permanent protection of the woodland, which supports a plethora of recreational opportunities like birding, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.
This little owl is only eight inches high and hunts at night eating mostly mice. They migrate to Iowa in the winter from Northern Minnesota and Canada and return north in March. This one was found and photographed a couple weeks ago in Ida County by Robert Gillespie.
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The field pictured above is filled with Joe-Pye weed. The name is deceiving, but this plant is actually an Iowa native perennial. This photo was taken on a property in Butler County that is part of a prairie remnant.
The sporatic wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum) can be found flowering in prairies across the state from mid-June to late-July. This one in particular was found on our Flowering Hill Prairie in Dickinson County, a dry prairie remnant that has never been plowed.
Ernest (Ernie) and Edna Skow donated Flowering Hill Prairie to INHF in 1985 through a reserved life estate to make sure it will always be prairie, and at the same time they kept the right to use and enjoy the prairie during their lifetimes. After both passed, INHF accepted full ownership of this seven-acre property in 2008 to continue taking care of the land in honor of Ernie and Edna Skow.
According to the Coefficient of Conservatism in Iowa, wood lilies are rated 9 out of 10 because of how uncommon they are to discover. Definitely worth capturing a photo of these beautiful, but unusual wildflowers!
Our INHF staff has enjoyed talking about Iowa’s nature and trails with thousands of people while on RAGBRAI this year! Here are some pictures capturing their experience. Check out their journey by liking Iowa by Trail (IBT) on Facebook and be sure to visit their booth in Mason City, Waverly and Independence to learn more about the IBT app. Don’t forget to pick up some IBT swag while you are there! Continue reading →
To the average casual birder, the discovery of a white-faced ibis as well as a glossy ibis in a local wetland is a cause for excitement. In the continental U.S., it is generally considered a western species and occasionally found in the Midwest during migration. From a distance, their plumage appears a deep dark brown, but in bright light, it has a blue-green cast especially in the wings. This pair was excited, had been eating and bathing and seemed to be preparing to continue their migration northward. A breeding population occurs in NE South Dakota. – Carl Kurtz
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