A look a the fishing report from waters all across Iowa for May 18, 2023.
May 18, 2023
Work is slated to begin this spring on the third phase of a $7 million Whiskey Creek restoration designed to improve water quality, water quantity and wildlife habitat in and along the 20-mile-long Red River tributary and two ditches that outlet into the creek and add 9 miles to the project.
Related upland practices bring the total cost to $9.9 million. The project fixes decades-old erosion and flooding problems stemming from sediment buildup.
The Biden administration wants to put conserving vast government-owned lands on equal footing with oil drilling, livestock grazing and other interests, according to a top administration official who defended the idea against criticism that it could sideline industry.
The proposal would allow conservationists and others to lease federally owned land to restore it, much the same way oil companies buy leases to drill and ranchers pay to graze cattle.
Criminal cases brought by U.S. wildlife officials for killing or injuring protected eagles dropped sharply in recent years, even as officials ramped up issuing permits that will allow wind energy companies to kill thousands of eagles without legal consequence.
It comes amid growing concern that a proliferation of wind turbines to feed the demand for renewable energy is jeopardizing golden eagle populations.
A Southern Illinois University Carbondale scientist is asking the public to keep its ears open in the name of monitoring biodiversity.
Brent Pease, an assistant professor in the forestry program, kicked off the Sounds of Nature 2023 research season in late April. Sounds of Nature is a community research project aimed at understanding changes in biodiversity over time by recording and monitoring so-called “soundscapes.”
The Red Lake Nation’s Tribal Council announced this spring that it will issue 30 permits to tribal elk hunters in northwestern Minnesota for this fall. That’s an increase from five permits in 2022.
On May 16, Minnesota DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen sent a letter to Red Lake Nation Chairman Darrell Seki expressing agency concerns with the number of permits. Having been told that Red Lake Nation intended to increase its potential harvest to 10 animals this year, the state adjusted its planned harvest downward overall, Strommen wrote. That included a rebalancing of state permits between the Kittson Central and Caribou-Vita herds and continuing not to harvest from the Grygla herd, which has been below its population target since 2012.