Autumn doesn’t officially begin until this Friday, Sept. 22, but Iowa’s fall colors are already starting to show. This year may be a good one for leaf viewers, according to Jeff Goerndt, state forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR.) Learn about one popular route for viewing fall colors and see more about […]
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Where can you experience the total eclip...
You don’t have to fly your Learjet to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun. (Apologies to Carly Simon.) A narrow swath of Iowa will be in the “path of totality” during the eclipse, happening Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Other portions of Iowa are in the 90 percent or greater range of […]
Pond tours, garden walks blooming in Eas...
With abundant rain this season, gardens in Eastern Iowa are particularly lush this year and opportunities to enjoy the area’s beauty are coming up this month. The Linn County Master Gardeners 2016 Garden Walk will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, followed by the Eastern Iowa Pond Society’s Pond and Garden Tour […]
Iowa central to proposed “Monarch Highwa
By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – Travelers along Interstate 35 would share the plus-1,500-mile route with some migrating friends if plans for a “Monarch Highway” take flight. Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas, described the proposal during his presentation Jan. […]
Master Gardeners bring classes to Easter...
Linn County Master Gardeners will be spreading the word about a multitude of gardening topics in their upcoming 2016 library series. From Blairstown to North Liberty, Central City to Cedar Rapids and beyond, the experts will provide information on container gardening, organic vegetables, rain barrels and more. If you’d prefer to fit it all in […]
Backyard beekeeping bee-ing considered i...
By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – A new buzz at City Hall could prove sweet for bee lovers. On Wednesday, the Cedar Rapids Development Committee gave wing to what could lead to an ordinance allowing beekeeping in city limits. Council members Monica Vernon and Susie Weinacht, with Pat Shey absent, both noted their approval […]
“No surprise” Emerald Ash Borer confirme
Emerald Ash Borer, the invasive beetle that destroys all types of ash trees, has been confirmed in Keokuk County, bringing to 19 the number of counties where it has been identified in Iowa so far. That’s nearly one-fifth of the state, and experts say it’s only a matter of time before it’s found statewide. For […]
Emerald ash borer detected in five more ...
There is no holiday break from the dreaded emerald ash borer. The invasive beetle has been positively identified in an additional five counties in Iowa, bringing the statewide total to 18. Read more about the latest infestations from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:
Raising awareness about one of Iowa’s be
Iowa’s Scenic Byways are among the state’s best-kept secrets. Each of Iowa’s nine state-designated and two nationally-designated byways offers a great way to experience the natural beauty, history and culture of the state. Now, more people will be able to learn about the landscape of the byways and what conservation systems are used to improve […]
Wildlife encounter: “stand still and tal
Iowans typically don’t have to worry about a bear encounter in the state. While bear sightings have been reported occasionally, they’re generally rare and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources notes that no wild bear cubs have been in Iowa for at least 140 years. Until now. The DNR reported today that a landowner in […]