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Spring turkey numbers are in: πŸ¦ƒ 14,600+ harvested turkeys reported πŸ¦ƒ Harvests in all 99 counties πŸ¦ƒ Highest spring turkey harvest since mandatory harvest reporting began in 2007 πŸ¦ƒ Previous record was 12,173 in 2016 . πŸ“·: Kim Lucas Anderson . . . Image: teen girl hunter with a turkey she harvested in 2020

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🌳 Beginning this Friday, May 22, modern restrooms, shower buildings and cabins will reopen at Iowa State Parks. 😷 Visitors are still encouraged to follow all physical distancing and hygiene guidelines while enjoying our state parks. ⚠️ Please keep in mind that some amenities at state parks, including shelters, lodges and playgrounds, remain closed at this time. πŸ’» For details on camping, cabin reservations and other updates please visit iowadnr.gov/COVID19 (link in bio) . . . Image: two cabins at Pine Lake State Park

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They don't call them bigfoot morels for nothing! 😲 Brenden Etten found this monster in Black Hawk County. Morchella crassipes (commonly called bigfoot) is the last morel subspecies to grow and often signals the end of the season in that area is near. . . . . Image: bigfoot morel mushroom standing upright on a kitchen counter, towering over a soda can next to it

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Can you name the Iowa State Park with this iconic landmark? . πŸ“· by @and204: On the trail. . . . . Still reading? It's Palisades-Kepler State Park in eastern Iowa! . . Image: trail leading to a small stone overlook shelter structure

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If you're looking to see a rose-breasted grosbeak at your backyard feeder, try sunflower seeds! (They'll also snack on fruits and insects.) . πŸ“·: Jerry Nordstrum . . . . . Image: rose-breasted grosbeak perched in a tree

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Did you know that dragonflies can move and rotate each of their four wings independently? Thanks to this unique ability, these insects can fly backwards, up and down! . πŸ“·: Clayton Will . . . . . Image: Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly on a weathered wood surface

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Can you spot what's "hiding" in this picture? . πŸ“·: Mark Heiderscheit . . . . . Still reading? It's a fawn hiding at the base of a tree! Its brown coloring helps it blend in with the leaf litter, and the white spots look like specks of light filtering through the trees. If you spot one, let it be - mom is likely nearby, watching!

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Can you name the Iowa state forest or state park with the longest trail? πŸ₯Ύ . Hint: it's 15 miles long. πŸ—ΊοΈ . . Still reading? Good, because here's the answer: It's the Yellow River State Forest Backpack trail! πŸ“·: Brian Gibbs . . . . Image: camper setting up in a primitive backpacking camp site at Yellow River State Forest

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Ever wondered how to tell a jake from a tom turkey? πŸ¦ƒ Jakes are one-year-old males, and the spurs on their legs are generally short and rounded. Their beard is also short and sticks out straight - if you can see it at all. Jakes also have three pairs of feathers in the center of their tail feather fan that are longer than the rest when fanned out. πŸ¦ƒ Toms, on the other hand (feather?), are at least two years old. Their spurs are longer and sharper, and their beards are usually 10 to 12 inches long (they don't grow any longer with age at this point). All the feathers in a tom’s fan are the same length, forming a smooth half circle when strutting. πŸ¦ƒ And hens? They don't have beards (although never say never, there are the occasional bearded hens). They also have drab-colored heads compared to the bright colors of males. Image: group of tom, jake and hen turkey in an agricultural field

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We hope all our moms out there have enjoyed their day today πŸ’š . Happy Mother's Day! . πŸ“·: @JustinRogers . . . . Image: red fox kit nuzzling up to its mother

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Happy Mother's Day! πŸ’š πŸ“·: @shuttertraxs . . . . . Image: fawn nuzzling its head toward its mother

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Did you know the Baltimore oriole wasn't named after the Maryland city? The bird's iconic orange and black colors closely resemble the family crest of England's Lord Baltimore. (But, to be fair, that city's also named after that family.) . πŸ“· by @tuck0331 . . . Image: Baltimore oriole perched in a tree just beginning to bud out

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