Conservation Connection

Glitter in Your Grass: The Secret Lives of Fireflies

Glitter in Your Grass: The Secret Lives of Fireflies

While the season of twinkling twilight in Iowa has nearly ended, fireflies (aka “lightning bugs”) live in Iowa year-round! What do you really know about these mysterious sparks of light? They are not just magical glittering displays – they are real insects that serve important ecological and medicinal roles and are threatened by habitat loss and light pollution.

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Drainage “Improvements”

Drainage “Improvements”

A guest post by Steve Swan tells how a group of landowners took control of their drainage district in order to block “a huge, costly and environmentally destructive improvement on Pickerel Run.”

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How to Start Caring About Pollinators: A Guide for Iowans

How to Start Caring About Pollinators: A Guide for Iowans

We asked three central Iowans from different backgrounds about how they came to appreciate pollinators and wildlife in general, what catalyzed their appreciation into action, and how they stay energized and hopeful for the future of pollinators and our natural environment as a whole. Lori Biederman, Lynne Kellner, and Todd Burras share their journeys with us here.

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How a Pollinator Plan can Enrich Life in Ames

How a Pollinator Plan can Enrich Life in Ames

Ames is currently buzzing with pollinators – both in nature and in city government!
Mayor John Haila recently proclaimed National Pollinator Week in Ames for the week of June 19th through the 25th. During this proclamation, he also mentioned the release of the City of Ames Pollinator-Friendly 10-Year Community Plan. Why proclaim a national pollinator week, and why should we have a plan concerning pollinators for Ames? Because supporting pollinators is supporting the Ames community!

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